The Eucalyptus in our side yard was scheduled to be taken down today. As described in an earlier post, a neighbor contacted us in December about removing the tree. She complained that it blocked her view. She referred me to a local ordinance governing "view conservation," which outlines adjudication of such issues. After consultation with an arborist and a lot of angst, we agreed to go ahead and take the tree down. Since the decision was made, I've ignored that section of the yard. I don't know exactly how the tree's removal will affect the sun exposure of the surrounding beds or what kind of collateral damage to expect. But mostly, I just feel horribly guilty about taking out the tree before its time - even if the arborist did tell me that the fungal growth he saw at the base represents a "death sentence" in the long run and the tree sits ominously close to the house.
I was up early this morning to take pictures of the tree. As it is raining, my pictures didn't come out well but the photo below gives you an idea of the tree's size.
However, as this morning's rain is expected to continue, possibly for a couple of days, the tree service notified me that the crew can't work today. Removal is currently rescheduled for February 6th - assuming it doesn't rain again. So, when the rain stops, the sun will shine on the tree for couple more weeks.