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Tree Behind House - Damaged by Adjacent Forest Clearing?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by ghi5000, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. ghi5000

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    Recently the forested area behind our house was cleared to make room for a new apartment complex. They left a line of trees on the border of the two properties, including a massive beast of a tree right behind my house. They cleared, and dug down a ways, right next to the tree (see attached pictures). How worried should I be about damage to the root system and risk to my house from the tree dying? The tree is definitely big and close enough to do some damage to the house and I'm worried about my daughter playing in the back yard.

    Is this just something that i should definitely get an arborist out to assess or am I being over-cautious?

    Any advice is appreciated, thanks in advance!
     

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    How many of the roots did they cut? (how close to the trunk and how deep did they dig?)
     
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    When it comes to anyone in your family's safety, you can never be ''over cautious''
     
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    It's hard to tell from your photo, but it does not look like the dirt work went very deep. I can't see any significant root damage.

    The best way to know is to have a local tree professional take a look. We can't give you a definitive answer based on the photos provided.
     
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    Colt Marlington ArboristSite Guru

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    Looks ok to me. If it starts dying then it might need another look.
     
  6. ghi5000

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    Here is a slightly better picture. I'll take a look today and see if I can tell how far down they dug. Might be tough with that fence there...

    Would it make more sense to get an arborist out in the spring, when it's more obvious if the tree is healthy?

    Thanks again
     

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    I can’t say for sure from the pics but that tree looks like an Ash and you have Emerald Ash Borer in Maryland. You might have a bigger problems than construction damage if it is an Ash.
     
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    It is tulip tree...you can see the seed pods still hanging on.
     
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    Good eyes
     
  10. sonny580

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    I wouldn't want that tree anywhere near my house! It is now open for storms to tear it up. Tulip trees get tall and catch wind in a twisting motion causing them to snap. Depending on which side of the line it's on, I would see about getting it down before it comes down in a storm. thanks; sonny580
     

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