It was a beautiful tree. A weeping willow. It dominated our entire front yard. I beleive it was about 36 or 37 years old, only a couple of years youner than I am. A few weeks ago Peter discovered that it had a large crack down throughout the trunk. The danger was that there were hydro lines on 3 sides of the tree. If it came down it was almost certainly going to take a hydro line down, too. So down it had to come.
Here's Mark up on the tractor's front end loader making the first cuts
Half down, two more trunks to go.
The aftermath. Our front yard looks so different without our shady willow. What I miss the most is the sound of the wind in her branches at night. :-(