It really has been an exciting summer so far with numerous intense wind/rain storms that have our phones ringing nonstop. Many of those calls are from Asheville residence who have experienced some downed trees or limbs during one of these storms or from those who are quite concerned at the possibility of eminent tree fall damage and danger. Many of the prominent tree species in our yards grow far larger than anticipated, 50-80 or more years prior when they were planted. These massive trees cause us worry as well as sadness as their size and location become threatening. In some cases we are able to prune back a healthy tree making its canopy a safer size for a tight urban setting. In other cases, the tree may be unhealthy or have a concerning structure that causes more worry than enjoyment and we advise these be removed. Recently we removed a large oak that had a dramatic lean and was also growing on a bank, which can cause more concern when directly up hill from several houses.
The new owner of the tree decided it best we take it down before any more storms came through. Luckily enough, her son was able to enjoy the tree one more time in a different way: watching the highly technical rigging removal of the tree from the top down. He watched our crew for the whole day!
It was an exciting set up with the large sections of truck wood being lowered along a zip line connected to the mini (or ditch witch). As arborists, we have a strong love and appreciation for trees, especially large ones. While we know when and where we must remove trees, removal is never our favorite job and it makes it a little more fun to have an excited and attentive audience!