Recently I read an intriguing post by a blogger friend. She wrote that old established suburban neighborhoods are often overplanted with out-of-scale trees, which were likely only a few feet tall when some excited new homeowner selected and planted them many years ago, unable to imagine a time when they would grow large enough to fill the space and then outgrow the space.
She advocates remedying the situation with chainsaws. That got me thinking. How big a tree is too big? How close is too close? Is there a point at which an unwisely placed tree has become so majestic that it merits a reprieve from the chainsaw?
Here are five houses in my neighborhood with big trees close to the house. To make it simpler, I picked only Japanese maples, but to make it harder, Japanese maples are beautiful and notoriously slow-growing trees that might take half a century to attain a full size. Which would you take down? All? None? Which? Why?