Last weekend it was out with the old, dead trees and in with the new seedlings on our cottage lot. This past summer we noticed that one of our huge maple trees had died, presumably due to the drought conditions we experienced this year, as it looked fine in the spring. Several smaller trees around it were looking like they were on their way out too, so all needed to be removed before they toppled over during a storm onto the nearby hydro lines.
The dead trees were in an area between our cottage and the road providing a natural privacy screen for many years. You can tell by the size of the trunk remaining that the maple was very old. We replaced the old trees with new evergreen seedlings that had sprouted up elsewhere on our property. They appear to be fast growing, so hopefully the bare looking area will fill in quickly.