Well fast forward 3 years and I noticed one of the Silver Maples near my house was having some issues. The bark had begun falling off and a slight breeze would litter the ground underneath with smaller branches and leaves (although it wasn't Fall). The tree never recovered. It was dead and not only an eyesore; but as I would soon learn - quite a nuisance.
Earlier this year, the tree clearly wanted me to take notice; when a branch as big as me crashed to the ground during a routine thunderstorm. Chainsaw in hand, we cleaned up the mess; but the tree wasn't satisfied.
A few weeks ago, one of the longer branches fell on the roof of my house...it just wrinkled up a couple of shingles. Yet removing it was out of our league since it was still connected (although barely) to the tree too.
I called a few Tree Removal companies and got some estimates, after waiting and waiting and waiting, I dropped the 1st company I called and went with another. I should have went with the 2nd one all along - lesson learned.
Within 24 hours, the tree was gone, stump cut to the ground and all debris removed.
As I had mentioned, I noticed the exterior symptoms; but I had NO IDEA what was going on inside that tree. Look at this:
And here's the trunk of the tree...crazy, eh? I wonder if Silver Maples are prone to this problem.
Now that the tree is gone, it has opened up the side yard quite a bit and I look forward to cleaning up some more of what my neighbor likes to call "Trash Trees".