I feel slightly horrible even posting this because well, I killed a healthy tree. However, my insurance agent, a roofer, family members (sans my sister, Star), and a tree specialist suggested that it should be removed from the property. You see, this tree was basically encroaching into my den area, blocking all the sunlight to half our house, and a special attraction to certain types of bugs.
A week after moving in, I had Nationwide aTree Service (410.335.9663) come out to the house to remove the tree from the front of the house. While they were there, they also cleaned up the Colonel's Maple tree in the front yard. I have to give credit to these guys that came out (besides the issue of having to wait all day for them to come out to cut it down). The cost to remove the tree was the best quote I received after calling around to numerous companies. Two quotes were higher around the $3, 500 areas, whereas these guys were $1500.
However, when moving into the house, I heard that our Red Maple tree was a “real gem to the neighborhood” because of the beautiful Autumn color. I felt that hiding in my house during the process was the way to go. As the men were starting their work, I went through the garage to give them a case of water for their use while they worked. Then the door shut behind me. I was locked out.
Instant Karma. As I watched the neighbors all out in their front yards, watching the tree coming down, I felt ashamed. Eek. Shameful. Oh well. Can you see why removing the tree was beneficial?