Well, it is that time of year again. The leaves are off the trees, the cold is rolling in and so is the windy winter weather. I knew we should have had our trees pruned and inspected by an arborist earlier in the year. We put it off because of other things we needed to buy with our budgeted money. Now we had to call a tree service in Brooklyn NY to not only remove a fallen tree and stump, but they also need to inspect the other trees on our property anyway. You know if one was rotten or infested with ants, then another one is also likely to be in the same shape.
When an oak falls, it really can wreak havoc on anything in its path. In our case it was the garden shed and the swimming pool. Both are a total loss. I am just glad that none of us were outside, and I am glad that the house was not hit. If the big oak tree would have fallen in the middle of summer when it did, I can almost guarantee that the kids would have been in the pool. My husband probably would have been tuning up the mower or working on something else at the shed as well.
People do not think of trees as becoming weapons. Plus, we think of them getting to be hundreds of years old and not needing anything. Rare is the tree that makes it to that sort of ripe old age. Trees fall all the time in the wild. When they fall on residential or commercial property, they can kill people and do thousands of dollars of damage. We should have stuck to our idea of having the trees pruned and inspected. A core sample of the oak would have revealed that it was rotten except for its outer layers.