Last week I saw an Asplundh pickup truck on my street. There was a trail of orange ribbons on trees and branches behind it. When I got to my house I saw that one of the stems of the Norway Maple From Hell at my house was tagged. I have been wanting to get rid of this tree for years, but with it being so close to the house and the powerlines I couldn't do it myself, and we really don't have the money right now. I went out and bought a roll of orange ribbon and wrapped the bigger stem to make sure the whole thing would be going. On Monday we got a notice from Con Ed that the whole tree would be removed! This thing was a monster! We are so happy to have it gone, for free! They left all the big stuff. Most of the tree is so twisted and full of knots and little suckers that I won't even attempt hand splitting. I took what looked splittable and I'll let Asplundh take the rest. They left a bunch of other stuff behind that I will be collecting in th enext week or so. Some before and after shots. What they left What I took. I guess I am a firewood snob now. Or, maybe I am just spoiled by all the easy splitting Red and White Oak I have been scrounging for the last few months. Nice to be far enough ahead that I can be picky, even with stuff dropped on my side yard!