Here's our situation. We live in a newer neighborhood with very few large trees. Our backyard happens to contain two 100' cedars that were not cut down when the neighborhood was developed. These trees provide a great deal of shade for not only us, but for many of our neighbors as well.
When we first moved here, a year ago, we met our neighbor a few houses down and one of the first things she asked me was if we were going to cut down the trees. She hoped we wouldn't. At the time, I said, of course we weren't. We liked the trees. End of discussion.
Now, a year later, there are new houses all around us that weren't here a year ago. Very close, full of families with children. And we've been enduring one severe windstorm after another. We're in the middle of another one right now.
These trees are making us sick with worry. We've had two arborists come to our house to look at them for us. Each of them said the trees looked healthy, but that because of all the recent construction, their root systems could be affected by changes in ground water chemicals and other things. Things that can take a few years to manifest. Also, these are apparently only two trees left standing in what was once a forest of trees. We were told that when trees are cut down all around, the remaining trees' root systems are left weakened.
We are seriously considering having the trees removed. This would be a considerable expense for us, and a bit heartbreaking as well, but we feel like these trees are a castastrophe waiting to happen.
Should we inform our neighbors of our intentions and get their input? Or should we just do what we feel we need to and just let them deal with it? Everyone we talk to in the neighborhood loves our trees. How do we tell them they're coming down? Or should we?