I love working with wood – and I love trees. But there is a point when a tree threatens your abode that you just have to say enough is enough. We have a 70ft silver maple in the backyard, and a elm tree in the front (it’s a city tree). Add an ice storm – one of the worst Southern Ontario has seen. The result? The silver maple has lost a lot of its crown (thankfully due to dutiful trimming over the years the damage was mostly squashed plants). The elm tree – which has *not* been that healthy in the past few years – has had its canopy shredded. It managed to take out two power-lines and narrowly missed the neighbours car – he moved it not 5 minutes before. The city wants to “save it” because it’s an elm. I would prefer to have a safe house and plant 1000 trees somewhere else. Cities need to understand that large old trees can’t always be saved – and a tree shouldn’t be saved just because there are only a few left. Ironically an arborist spent four hours trimming dead wood from it last week – so it could have been worse. Thankfully the offending hazardous branches were trimmed today – after 48 hours of no power and worry about more power lines coming down.
Special thanks to Toronto Hydro for working to get the city going again – we all appreciate it!
A Christmas to remember, that’s for sure. Need fire wood? There’s plenty lining the streets of Toronto.