Take a moment to think of a familiar place you love. Chances are, there’s a majestic tree standing tall nearby, reminding you of the area’s history while also adding beauty to that special spot.
At All Hollows Episcopal Church in Maryland, a white oak tree served as this historical focal point. The towering hardwood stood as Maryland’s second largest white oak tree.
Early last year, church members began to notice the tree suffering from a thinning, dying tree canopy.
Most members thought the once strong and majestic tree may need to be removed, so they called the certified arborists at Davey’s Chesapeake office for a second opinion.
Sales arborist Kolby Corrigan and crewmembers Darren Johnson, Robert Hooper, Ronald Enos and Reed Dunfee inspected the tree for risks.
At first sight, Corrigan could point out telling signs of tree damage like decay fungus on the trunk and dangerous dead branches. The tree did, in fact, need to be removed for the safety of church members.
When the removal began, it wasn’t until three major cuts were made that the crew and community members watching the removal discovered the source of decay.
“As we made the last cut, we could hear everyone gasp,” Corrigan says. “The tree trunk base was completely rotted out and too hollow to preserve.”
For such an emotional event, one pleasant piece of information did come out of the tree removal. A piece of the trunk revealed the tree was 290 years old. Churchwarden and groundman Rick Johnson said he found comfort in the skill and respect Davey displayed on the historic property.
Mature trees, like this white oak, provide us with many benefits. Unfortunately, they can turn into a huge safety risk when the tree begins to decline.
To determine if a tree on your property may be a risk, look for signs that it might be time to remove your tree.