This tree has been trimmed several times when storms and other things made it necessary. Silver maple is such soft wood anyway, and then an injury and trimming allows diseases to get into the tree. There were several groups of leaves in the spring that died off as summer went on. I’ve known for a year that it needed to go, and that was the sign that means it needs to go soon.
It’s also developed carpenter ants. You can see the holes in the wood and some sawdust on the bark, and there’s a lot more on the ground around the bottom.
The tree company will come early in December and take it down. It’s always sad to have to remove a tree, but it’s nearly dead and needs to go.