It's never easy to make a judgement call on tree removal, at least not for this tree hugger. But the years were passing and the tree was getting bigger, so I had to decide.
It's a lovely cedar, not very old, planted about 15 years ago when the first owner cleared the place and put the mobile home in. However, it's base is only about 8 or 10 feet from the septic tank.
I had done my research and asked a lot of experts whether it was a threat. The rule of thumb is, nothing should be planted closer than 30 feet from a septic tank or drain field, period.
I live in a development with good rules. I had to apply for an architectural approval to have the tree removed, as well as ask the neighbors if they minded - since it was very close to them.
I got the appropriate paper work and signage and set the date.
It was an easy process. Basically it was limbed up, tied to another tree, cut and down she went. Cut up for firewood, limbs hauled away, all in about an hour.
Just that fast.
There was a lovely scent of cedar through the air for days.
So the view of my place is a little more open from the driveway (this is a wide angle point and shoot by the way), but the important thing is that the threat is removed and a clean slate has been created.
A few days later we surveyed the property lines and everything is marked clearly now. My next steps are to think about aesthetic looking fence options to divide the properties. I might also like to install an arbor or trellis as a privacy screen. Maybe wisteria, or clematis. So much to think about!!