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So many giant trees...what to do?



New Member
Nov 28, 2019
My wife and I have been in the same house for the last 30 years, and will probably spend at least another 10 years here. When we moved in, the lot was pretty heavily wooded, and despite thinning of trees over the years, things just seem to be overgrown.

It's an acre+ lot in the suburbs outside of Boston, and probably 60% is covered in large hardwoods (up to 70+ feet tall and 28" in diameter). A couple large ones are dead, and overall, they all tower over the house and the yard (and over powerlines). Because the canopy of the trees are so high, they provide no privacy - just shade (in all the wrong places), and *lots* of leaves. There's undergrowth that provides some privacy during the summer, but they tend to be nuisance trees. Overall, it's a jungle.

There's a part of me that is thinking having someone just come in and clear cut the lot, and then put in trees and shrubs that are going to be easier to maintain (slow growing species with limited height).

Is this a bad idea?



Addicted to ArboristSite
Nov 18, 2006
your lot to do as you see fit...but yeah, people pay extra for mature trees. But you aren't looking to sell, so maybe that doesn't matter.

Maybe there are a few trees that can be removed so you get a little more light below while maintaining the character of a wooded lot? Again, a qualified arborist can help you evaluate each. Look to pay for a consultation. If you just call the company with the biggest advertisement for "cheap tree removal", I can tell you what they will recommend. The consulting arborist you have reviewing the trees may not even do the removals - you are just looking for input:
*which are the strongest trees
*which will or will not respond to being thinned around
*which will require more or less maintenance over the years
*what are some shade-tolerant species that you can plant to increase privacy screening