I’ve been to this particular property quite a few times, and looked at the trees very carefully. We’ve done work for this client, removing unwanted and dangerous trees and pruning many of the large shade trees on his property. Just recently, however, we found something that we had never seen before. I was doing some pruning for these folks when one of the guys went over into the neighbors yard to get a small branch that fell on their side, when he proclaimed, “OH MY GOODNESS! Look at that thing! That’s gonna go over any day!”
What!? We all went over into the neighbors yard and looked up. WOW! that tree really is dangerous! We had not seen the flaw in this tree in spite of being on this property many times, simply because we had never looked at things from the neighbors side of the fence.
As you can see from this perspective this tree has a serious chance of failure and needs to be addressed.
Looking from our clients side of things, this tree looks quite healthy, and with all of the other work that we’ve done here, we never saw the need to touch this tree. Looking again however, this tree needs to be cut down.
It just goes to show how stepping outside of our normal boundaries from time to time will help us see things, sometimes very important things, that we’ve been missing all along.