Goodbye Linden Tree

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Blog entry by mmh posted 09-24-2011 06:34 AM 3189 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sad ending to a beautiful shade tree that must have been planted some 50 years ago in front of our house. It was situated on the public property on the streetside and provided a lot of shade. It almost provided too much shade for my front garden area, as the limbs drooped quite low and the numerous branches were quite dense.

The main trunk divided into three secondary trunks and two of them were noticably dying and branches were constantly growing and drooping over the powerlines that connected to our house, so in a pre-storm panic I tried to get someone to respond to my plea to trim the branches back. The morning that the storm was due to hit, the PEPCO trucks arrived and trimmed off the threatening branches. They left the three main trunks of the tree and I thought that maybe they would allow it to grow back now that it was no longer a threat to the power lines, but several days later they came back to finish the job and unfortunately the whole tree was cut down.

It’s sad to see a large tree cut down even if it were diseased, as it provided some well needed shade although the spring flowers and whirly gig pods were a nusiance.

I researched that the Linden tree wood is quite strong, but since it’s not of much interest in color or grain and we don’t have room for green wood, I didn’t haul any of this home. They have since hauled these logs away but there are still a few around the neighborhood yet to be picked up. I hope they come soon, as I may not be able to restrain myself much longer.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#1 posted 09-24-2011 07:14 AM

My first thought was…

“Wow, that truck really did a number to that tree”

But then I figured a truck couldn’t get that nice of cuts..

Better plant some trees in its place!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#2 posted 09-24-2011 04:28 PM


Like you, I hate to see a living tree destroyed. Over the years we have had to have several of our trees removed. Some were planted by the previous owner of our home. I always salvage a couple of the pieces and make something from the wood- bowl, platter, spoons of candle holders. In the case of the previous owner, we gave them one of the pieces as a remembrance.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 09-24-2011 08:37 PM

I hate to see big trees cut down. But then I don’t want to be without house or power when it comes down because of a storm.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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