We lost a member of our family yesterday.
The Norway maple in our backyard was splitting; it had always been lopsided, after the last windstorm it had started to seep sap from the crotch so this was as good a time as any to take it down. The utility companies had come by and marked that it was “OK” to grind the stump:
Two hours and $700 later we were the proud owner of a new patch of dirt:
A whole new look for the backyard: