Norway Maple Tree Removal - Illinois - October 2022
The day finally arrived. A day that I have not been looking forward to in the life of our property. That day is the day that our large, mature Norway Maple tree that was located just outside of our front porch came down. This tree was a lovely tree. Lived a good life. We moved the location of our house foundation specifically so we could try to keep this tree. But, it still needed to come down.
I foretold the removal of this magnificent tree just last month when I posted about the continued decline of the tree. In mid/late September, we had an early evening storm and lost another large limb. Dare I say...a 'widow maker' came down.
It wasn't as if we didn't try to save this tree. In fact, we surely didn't want to remove it. But, it seemed liked it was necessary as the limbs kept falling and I began to become worried that it would fall on my house. Or, my neighbor's house.
Over the years, we've worked this tree. Gave it a growth regulator in September 2022. And provided a deep-feeding of this tree the past three seasons. But, that wasn't enough. The tree was in decline. The bark was falling off. The crotches were rotting out. One guy even told me that he thought it was struck by lightening. After living a great life in this spot - providing shade and cover, reducing our utility bills and making our new house feel like it could have been here years ago - it was time to celebrate the life of the Norway Maple.
Here's (below) how the tree looked on the day that the team arrived to remove it. The canopy was thin, it had plenty of bare limbs, and the bark was falling in big sheets down the trunk. But, it was *still* a nice tree.