When we moved into our home 16 years ago, the builder put two small evergreens in the front of the house. There were supposed to be slow growers and were not to grow taller then 10 feet. Well when they got to be about 15 feet with no end in sight, we decided to remove them from the front yard. My husband thought he could move them to the back yard. I hate to kill a plant of any kind. The neighbors told him they would die, but my husband is always up to a challenge. He successfully transplanted them to the backyard where they continued to flourish.
We lost one to the pool, but the second we decided to leave alone. It got to be 25 feet tall and had no sign of stopping. It was between our house and a neighbors and was beginning to encroach on their property. We get severe wind storms tunneling between the houses, we (and the neighbors) started to get concerned it would come down on one of the houses. That doesn't even get into the problem with the sap and the dogs. The loved to run around it. We didn't want to see anyone or animal hurt, so we made the tough decision, that the great evergreen had to come down.
So Charles got out the saw, ladder and rope tonight and started the process. My husband would have made a good boy scout. Controlled destruction. I feel like we are losing a friend.
I don't know if the dogs will forgive us for getting rid of their playground. Flynn certainly was giving us "the look".