The following is a slideshow from a talk given to the Long Hill Garden Club in March at the Trumbull library. Random pictures might not make sense to some, but we are always referring to these pictures to show tree physiology and structure for determination of removal.
Moss doesn't grow on a rolling stone. Lichen, likewise, doesn't grow for long on actively expanding bark.
While wondering why branches are dropping it's obvious that there is a LOT of lichen where there shouldn't be (on the smaller branches).
Long hill tree service taking tree down the next day (safety issue)
Turns out tree was hollow but with no visible bark damage... just ready to fall over. Cause? Possibly root damage from soil compaction over the years.
Bark from the birch trees out front. Fresh bark indicates expanding girth