We have a 150+ year old Southern Live Oak in the back yard. 5 years ago the entire back half of the tree split off and fell. Cost 3K to have it removed and the remaining portion of the tree properly pruned and the soil aerated and fertilized. The remaining portion of the tree is on the house side. Branches are threatening the patio cover. There are other branches in the power lines. Branches on top of G's shop are ripping off shingles. We spent the weekend properly pruning branches that were on top of the patio cover. It is prime hurricane season and a bad storm would cause the branches to tear up the patio cover.
G hunts and fishes so he has lots of toys. We used his 4 wheeler with winch to tie off the branches being cut so they did not fall on the patio cover. Bless his big ole heart - he was so proud of himself for figuring out how to do the deal. He got lots of hugs and encouragement from me. I put my 2 cents in a couple of times and he actually LISTENED!.
The work we did this weekend is only a bandage. That old tree has to be removed. If we take out all of the branches - some of them HUGE - that are threatening the power lines and shop roof there would not be much left to the tree.
So bite the bullet. The tree has to be removed. I WILL cry.
Before any of you chime in with "Don't do it!" please understand that this is a very difficult decision. The tree is the reason we bought the house in 1987. Unfortunately a Southern Live Oak does not belong 45' away from a house and 25' away from G's shop.
There are lots of Live Oaks in the subdivision but ours is the only Southern Live Oak. The other Live Oaks grow vertically. Southerns spread wider than they do tall.
I wish I lived in the country where I could have my huge Southern Live Oaks and not have them threaten our property.
So bottom line is we have to take the tree out. We consulted an arborist who specializes in Southern Live Oak Preservation. His sad conclusion was that the tree has to go. A really bad hurricane will crater both the house and G's shop.
Probably not until late winter, early spring.
I have a plan. I will build a berm and plant a Drake Elm which, in my region, grows like a weed and will quickly provide shade. I will plant Knock Outs, perennials and herbs on the berm.
Just doing the pruning that we did this weekend is enough to make me
SIGH! I am bummed out. Very hard decision to make.