The spring winds brought down a huge branch from an oak tree in our front yard. It crushed the concrete fountain that doubled as a bird bath and flattened the garden shed. I am just glad none of us were outside when it happened. The tree looked perfectly healthy from the outside, but the company that does tree removal in Queens County, NY found that the tree was mostly hollow. Tree growth is just under the surface of the bark. Only a small amount of the tree is actually growing. The core may be rotted away. This is what happened to us.
Even though the inner parts were hollowed out, the oak was still very heavy. Small pieces felt like they weighed a ton. The company that does tree removal in Queens County, NY cut the logs into small pieces to make them much easier to load on the truck. The smaller branches were ground up and spewed up into the back of a covered dump truck. It was a lot of work. There were big piles of sawdust from all of the cutting done by the chainsaws. Then the stump was ground away below the surface. There was now a big bare spot where the tree once stood. Looking up, you could see the hole that was once filled with oak tree branches of the tree’s canopy. We were sad to see it go, but we were very happy no one was hurt when part of it fell.
We had the company take a look at other trees in the yard to check them for rot by taking core samples. You just cannot tell unless you look or wait for them to fall. All of the other trees were very healthy and intact. We did schedule for a couple of them to be trimmed because they were getting dangerously high.