Yesterday I came home to find that the tree in my front yard had been cut down. All that was left was a stump and sawdust that spilled out over my yard and into the street. This tree had been marked by a big red dot a year ago. I knew it would have to be cut down, but days kept passing and it still stood tall, protecting my house and shading the yard. I understand that the tree was diseased, and that the infection could spread to surrounding trees.