ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


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.

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    20,646
    Likes Received:
    45,429
    Location:
    S. Il. near St. Louis
    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!
     
  2. chucker

    chucker Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    May 11, 2009
    Messages:
    2,919
    Likes Received:
    4,407
    Location:
    pillager, minnesota
    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!!
     
    Plowboy83, brenndatomu and svk like this.
  3. Del_

    Del_ Get outside.

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2002
    Messages:
    24,903
    Likes Received:
    5,235
    Location:
    Up on the roof.
    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.
     
    Plowboy83, Gypo Logger, mga and 4 others like this.
  4. turnkey4099

    turnkey4099 Tree Freak

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2002
    Messages:
    17,507
    Likes Received:
    10,636
    Location:
    se washington
    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.
     
    Plowboy83, grizz55chev, mga and 5 others like this.
  5. square1

    square1 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2014
    Messages:
    1,893
    Likes Received:
    3,054
    Could have felled the tree, cut out the few branches, and called it a job well done :)
     
  6. svk

    svk A little bit of everything

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    20,977
    Likes Received:
    52,591
    Location:
    MN
    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.
     
    square1 likes this.
  7. moresnow

    moresnow ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2015
    Messages:
    206
    Likes Received:
    400
    Location:
    Waverly, Ia
    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.....
     
  8. Hddnis

    Hddnis Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2007
    Messages:
    3,500
    Likes Received:
    1,201
    Location:
    PNW
    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:
     
  9. ChoppyChoppy

    ChoppyChoppy Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2013
    Messages:
    9,659
    Likes Received:
    9,158
    Location:
    AK
    I'm glad I've beer had to mess with poison ivy!
     
    Plowboy83 likes this.
  10. stumpy75

    stumpy75 ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2011
    Messages:
    800
    Likes Received:
    384
    Location:
    Toledo, OH
    :popcorn2: :cheers:
     
    chucker likes this.
  11. muddstopper

    muddstopper Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2011
    Messages:
    4,239
    Likes Received:
    8,233
    Location:
    mountains of nc
    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
     
    chucker, LoveStihlQuality and svk like this.
  12. rarefish383

    rarefish383 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,651
    Likes Received:
    17,517
    Location:
    MD
    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.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    old CB, dancan and svk like this.
  13. LoveStihlQuality

    LoveStihlQuality Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2016
    Messages:
    1,724
    Likes Received:
    2,205
    Location:
    Indianapolis
    I'm pretty lucky that way but my brother gets it bad just looking at it.

    Sent from my SM-N900P using Tapatalk
     
    chucker likes this.
  14. chucker

    chucker Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    May 11, 2009
    Messages:
    2,919
    Likes Received:
    4,407
    Location:
    pillager, minnesota
    famous last word's/statement!! lol
     
  15. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    20,646
    Likes Received:
    45,429
    Location:
    S. Il. near St. Louis

    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:
     
    Plowboy83 and Hddnis like this.
  16. mga

    mga wandering

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2006
    Messages:
    26,930
    Likes Received:
    13,552
    Location:
    wesstern NY, the land of taxes and strict laws
    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
     

    Attached Files:

    Plowboy83 and Zale like this.
  17. Hddnis

    Hddnis Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2007
    Messages:
    3,500
    Likes Received:
    1,201
    Location:
    PNW
    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.

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    20,646
    Likes Received:
    45,429
    Location:
    S. Il. near St. Louis
    Well, I guess I didn't completely escape from the poison ivy. Started breaking out a bit today. Very little, though.
     
  19. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2009
    Messages:
    20,646
    Likes Received:
    45,429
    Location:
    S. Il. near St. Louis
    OK, reviving a 2 1/2 year old thread.
    I'm going back tomorrow to take out the tree.

    It's intertwined with an oak tree, and he wants to save the oak, but the honeylocust has some PI growing back! I didn't see how far up the tree it has grown, but I don't think it's very far. Hopefully not.

    Anyway, I'll do everything possible to protect myself from thorn and oil. Will get pics for you all.
     
    svk and dancan like this.
  20. rarefish383

    rarefish383 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,651
    Likes Received:
    17,517
    Location:
    MD
    Good luck. I put a pic of my trailer loaded down with vines as big as my wrist, up above. Now it's a pretty little field, stump gone, K31 growing strong. I wish you the same success on your job. Although, I was working in shorts and T shirt, and got a two week case of the itchies.
     
    svk and dancan like this.

Share This Page