February 2, 2009

Cutting down giant maple trees

I always feel badly when stately, old trees are cut down.  However, trees do not live forever and as they reach their life expectancy, they often begin to soften and rot.  This can actually be very dangerous as heavy limbs break and fall.  Part of my farm in Bedford runs along Maple Avenue, so named for the trees planted there many years ago.  A line of maples, at least 150-years old, were posing a real threat.  Because they were growing on public property, I asked the town to have the most compromised trees removed.  After coming out to inspect, they agreed to take down a total of seven trees.  I, in turn, planted new trees to replace the old.

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This is one of the maples that was taken down. It had plenty of dead wood, as you can see.