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Tree from hell

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by unclemoustache, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Got hired to trim out a few hackberries that were scraping a house and scaring the daughters when a neighbor of the customer waved to me. I recognized him as a pastor from our homeschool group so I went over to chat.
    To cut it short, he hired me to take out a few branches of a tree in his yard. Turns out to be a honeylocust- with some darn big spikes in it. That is bad enough by all accounts, but it wasn't until I was up in the tree (ladder) that I noticed the poison ivy.
    Honey locust wrapped in poison ivy- can it get any worse? Tree of hell- in the yard of a pastor!
    That was two days ago and it looks like I escaped the PI, but I did get stabbed a couple times.
    Fortunately that job turned into a double tree removal at his sons house. Silver Maple and Mulberry! I get to keep the mulberry and he will deal with the branches. Score!
     
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    chucker Addicted to ArboristSite

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    sounds like the dirty ole devil trying to do his dirty work for revenge an giving you poison ivy unc! hopefully the good lord will teach him a reminding lesson of doing good over evil with leaving you itch free!!
     
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    Del_ I'm completely reformed.

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    Hornets in a honey Locust wrapped in poison ivy.

    It's been 20 years ago but I looked at Honey Locust growing over a house that needed trimming and some limbs removed.

    Told the owner I wasn't interested.

    That was after the owner had mentioned the other tree guys wanted a lot of money for the job.
     
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    turnkey4099 Tree Freak

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    I planted a row of thornless honey locust along the highway frontage shortly after I bought this place...about 30 years later I saw one had reverted to 'thorns'. Tree died of chainsawitis before the day was doen. 20 years later and I am still fight flat tires on the rider mower and trailers from thorns.
     
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    Could have felled the tree, cut out the few branches, and called it a job well done :)
     
  6. svk

    svk Firewood and Saw Collector

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    Cut that ivy at the base. At least the vine will be neutralized in 12-18 months and not get the next guy!

    Knock on wood I've only encountered PI on my charity cutting projects.
     
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    moresnow ArboristSite Lurker

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    Beware. Almost recovered from PI that got me in the gap between my gloves and long sleeved jacket a few weeks ago. Picking up rounds. Knew it was there but it is early spring and it shows zero life. My bad.....
     
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    Could've had a rabid coon in it that had just messed with a beehive and then fell into a power line closing the circuit to one of the branches.:chainsaw::lol:
     
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    I'm glad I've beer had to mess with poison ivy!
     
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    :popcorn2: :cheers:
     
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    I havent had a case of poison ivy in 40 years or more. I can lay in it, wallow in it, take the leaves and rub them up and down my arms, stuff just doesnt bother me. I guess when I was young I got it so much I built up and immunity or something. I say that and tomorrow I will just see some on the side of the road and break out in hives
     
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    Did it look anything like this Cherry tree. The Cherry was dead as a door nail, not one green leaf on it. Every bit of green on it is Poison Ivy. I think I took 3 trailer loads to the burn pile on the farm. Don't worry, that was last year and the farmer has no intention of starting the fire, Joe.

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    I'm pretty lucky that way but my brother gets it bad just looking at it.

    Sent from my SM-N900P using Tapatalk
     
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    famous last word's/statement!! lol
     
  15. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    OK, I guess it could get worse!!

    I cut the vine at the base (in 2 places) and will go back next winter to take the branch down.

    And, to be honest (but not completely), it was a bit worse than what I stated, and let's just say that I damaged something that belonged to the owner and insisted on replacing it, so I lost money on that job, and that's all we need to say about THAT!!! :laugh::cry::angry:
     
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    mga wandering

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    Been there myself. What I made was I took an old pair of white socks and cut the bottoms off and just kept the elastic part. Slip it on and it will protect your wrists and lower arms.

    I also wash poison ivy with dawn soap and I wipe it with cotton swabs and nail polish remover. I then wear the sock things over that to keep it from being irritated. This seems to dry the sores.

    Works for me every time
     

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    Good on ya'

    Some jobs you lose money, just the way of the world, but you can come out with your reputation intact.

    I do hate when that happens though, been there myself.
     
  18. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Well, I guess I didn't completely escape from the poison ivy. Started breaking out a bit today. Very little, though.
     

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