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Wanting several trees taken down...

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by TNTreeHugger, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. TNTreeHugger

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    Hi All,
    I have a fairly large pecan and a couple of Paulownia trees I want taken down to the ground, stump ground out and debris removed.
    Is there a member here who lives near the middle Tennessee area interested in the job?
    Or, can you suggest questions I need to ask when calling tree-trimmers in the phone book?
    What would be a reasonable price to pay for this type of job?
    Would it be better to wait later in the season, after the leaves have fallen and the sap is down?

    The Empress trees are scraggly-looking and make a mess, even though the flowers are beautiful and smell wonderful, I'm sorry I planted them. One is near he barn. I got on a ladder and trimmed a couple limbs day before yesterday, but won't take a chance on cutting any higher.

    The pecan tree looks to me to be top-heavy, with very long limbs, and very close to the barn on one side and now interfering with a beautiful maple on the other side.. it puts out small nuts every year, but they're mostly squirrel food... and I don't need any more squirrels!

    The past few weeks I've noticed a loud buzzing sound, that seems to be coming from the pecan tree. I don't see any bees, but I did see what looked like flies buzzing around the trunk. A dead limb fell out of the tree about the same time I noticed the buzzing.
    There was a matching pecan, about ten feet from this one, around the corner of the barn that came down in a storm, laying the canopy on the roof of the house, about 20 years ago. I don't want to see a repeat.
    Maybe they just need to be cut back and trimmed?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Here's the pecan tree...

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    Yeah, so, this isn't working out as well as I had hoped...
    The first guy I called said, "If you don't hear back from me by the end of the week, call me back."
    The second guy is in SC at the moment, but said he works for the power company and doesn't do residential work. He did give me the number of someone else though... no answer.

    I guess it's just not meant to be.... guess I'll just let Nature take it's course and let the limbs fall where they may. :rolleyes:
     
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    Pecans are sort of weak wooded a reduction sometimes helps on longer limbs. That sure is a beauty hate to see you lose it. Does it produce nice pecans?
     
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    yes, it puts out a lot of nuts every year, but they're the little ones, too much trouble to fool with. I have another that makes nice medium-sized nuts.
    Does the pecan look okay to you, as is? It looks awfully leggy up top to me. How would it do if it were cut back, and how much should be cut? Winter, when the sap is down, would be the best time, wouldn't it?
    I've lost three pecans in the yard already (have five more including this one) one, next to this one blew over in a storm and two others I had cut down because they kept dropping limbs on the utility lines coming to the house.
     
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    Pecans do grow long spindly almost look lions tailed it is just their nature. Yeah winter is best,the smaller natives are the best tasting usually. Doing reduction can alleviate limb drop and reduce likelihood of uprooting in our southern stormy season. They are a bear to work in especially when they have spread 100 feet. The idea would be to reduce the longest limbs and create light reaching to the inner canopy to promote some growth in that region. How much 25% of the canopy max and care should be planned as to where the 25% should be. Make no mistake the tree can be mitigated to acceptable risk barring tornado strikes. It however boils down to your desire to keep or cut. Costs can be a bit on the high side as they can be a bit difficult to work.
     
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    I was wondering that also: Which would be less expensive, trimming the tree, or fixing the barn/house. I have a $500 deductible on my insurance. :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm normally too cheap on trimming, many times can take longer to trim than to just cut it. Pecan I know to increase my $ though and for me 500 would not entice me enough to jump into one. Properly trimming will require each lead climbed to the tips where reduction cuts 3 " dia can be performed. Many times bucket trucks wont reach that high either. So for your question deductible is definitely cheaper and trimming will require the follow-up in a few years so if money is the bottom line then removal or deductible would be the answer however removal you could easily expect 1.5 to 3.5k "just saying"
     
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    Wow, but thanks, that's the kind of honest answer I was wanting. I thought, too, that just trimming it back, it would still eventually interfere with the nice maple next to it. So if anything is done, total removal would probably be the best way to go.
    Thanks for the ball park estimate, too.
    Since I'm not living in that house (or the barn :p ) I think I'll gamble that tree will outlive me.
     

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