I have a very tall Hackberry, it must be 90ft tall, 25-30" diameter. It is split at the first crotch and I'm wondering what to do. If the smaller branch does split and fall off it will land on for sure 1 if not 2 very young pear trees (2" DBH). If the main part falls it will likely not do any damage, the trees that it would hit are junk trees and I only live them standing as bird habitat. The tree is a beautiful tree, I think it's the tallest on the farm, and seems to be healthy and I'd hate to see it go but I'd rather see it go controlled rather than by a storm mangling it. I figure I have three options 1. Take the whole tree down. 2. Take down only the branch that will hit the pear tree. 3. Use heavy ready rod, nuts and large washers to hold the split together. I've never seen this done before but I've heard of people doing it successfully.