What this means though is that we are having this very old, possibly infected (many of the ash trees in Saint Paul are - due to emerald ash borer), ash tree removed. Of course this is going to be no small or inexpensive feat. *sigh* We knew it was going to have to be done at some point but were hoping to put it off a little longer.
Besides dodging any injuries the other good side to all of this is that we can begin thinking about a replacement tree. Any northerners (zone 4) have recommendations? We definitely need something tall enough to provide shade and something nice looking would be good too. Suggestions welcome.