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Old 05-14-2011, 10:33 AM   #16
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All the tree huggers out there shouldn't complain when they lose power during hurricanes or tornadoes when large trees fall on their homes or power lines.

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All the tree huggers out there shouldn't complain when they lose power during hurricanes or tornadoes when large trees fall on their homes or power lines.
Right on. But I am a quintessential tree hugger. Put myself through school pruning and doing surgery on trees. Sometimes big ones. People forget that tree health is something they should look at every year before a limb takes out whatever slab of meat at the backyard gala being grilled, the hood of the $70K BMW, or the roof over the master bedroom when the tree limb just has had enough.

This post is about nasty sycamores though. It ranks up there with wild honeysuckle, kuzdo and stuff. It was introduced as fast growing plant material for farm windbreaks and so forth. Pollen made its way into real forests.

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I would say unless your house is on a large property, clear out all shade trees and only grow trees that make sense.
One of the problems is that we plant small trees too close to our houses and/or property lines. Then suddenly it seems - 25-30 years later - that small tree has become a giant maple tree standing 20 feet from the house, and the branches hang over the roof.

I love trees, and especially love huge old trees. But you're right, they need to be managed when they're on residential property.
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Right on. But I am a quintessential tree hugger. Put myself through school pruning and doing surgery on trees. Sometimes big ones. People forget that tree health is something they should look at every year before a limb takes out whatever slab of meat at the backyard gala being grilled, the hood of the $70K BMW, or the roof over the master bedroom when the tree limb just has had enough.

This post is about nasty sycamores though. It ranks up there with wild honeysuckle, kuzdo and stuff. It was introduced as fast growing plant material for farm windbreaks and so forth. Pollen made its way into real forests.
I love trees, but not close to the house.

I would venture to say, and guess, that maybe 95% of homewowners with large shade trees wouldn't even consider having an arborist check on their trees....certainly not on a yearly basis.
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One of the problems is that we plant small trees too close to our houses and/or property lines. Then suddenly it seems - 25-30 years later - that small tree has become a giant maple tree standing 20 feet from the house, and the branches hang over the roof.

I love trees, and especially love huge old trees. But you're right, they need to be managed when they're on residential property.
Yes, not just the branches, but also those darn roots that get into sewer pipes and raise sidewalks and driveways.
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We had a dead tree fall from high winds back before Christmas. It was in the woods behind the apartment complex. No one gave any thought about it because ..... it was in the woods.
But it fell across the neighbor's yard backed up to those woods. It was just short enough to miss their home but it took down some privacy fence and their outdoor furniture.
It would've been cheaper to just have it downed & hauled away in the first place.

How close are these weed trees to anyone's home/property or the street? What if you kill it and one day it falls into the street or gets hung up in the maples, waiting to fall at any moment.
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We had a dead tree fall from high winds back before Christmas. It was in the woods behind the apartment complex. No one gave any thought about it because ..... it was in the woods.
But it fell across the neighbor's yard backed up to those woods. It was just short enough to miss their home but it took down some privacy fence and their outdoor furniture.
It would've been cheaper to just have it downed & hauled away in the first place.

How close are these weed trees to anyone's home/property or the street? What if you kill it and one day it falls into the street or gets hung up in the maples, waiting to fall at any moment.
Ahhh, cheaper.

Their home insurance will take care of the fence/outdoor furniture after deductible.

Removing the tree would have probably cost a lot more, assuming it was on their property.
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Just my two cents' worth--

I feel your pain. Tree removal can be VERY expensive, but you really want to have a pro do it. I took out a section of my neighbor's gutter tyring to DIY tree removal, and I was lucky that that was all that happened. Coulda killed someone.

That said--if you are willing to clear the area yourself, as I did when I had some trees removed--it gets much, MUCH cheaper. I had a 45' walnut cut down for $300. The arborist left all the pieces where they fell. If he'd picked up the pieces and disposed of them himself, it would have cost closer to $1000. With the money I saved, I bought a 14" electric chainsaw and cut enough firewood to last us years! Then I took some pictures of the logs that were too big for my saw, posted them on Craigslist, and someone came and took them away for free! One man's trash...

Arborists charge to remove trees they've cut down, but there are lots of less expensive ways to get rid of unwanted wood. So get some estimates on what it would cost to have the trees cut down WITHOUT removal. They should be much lower. Don't forget to get multiple estimates, and make sure you are dealing with an insured professional.

Hope this helps!
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unfortunatly, sycamore makes crappy firewood, it really is not much good for anything.
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Kill the tree by ripping off some bark and let it die. Have a redneck neighbor come cut it down, offer a lot of beer in return. I say kill it first because it seems the cruelest. The tree would suffer the longest slowly dying. OK I'm evil. But I would do it for beer and hot dogs. Also you pay for the equipment, you can rent a stump cutter at Lowes or Home Depot to get rid of the left over stump. It pays to watch the DIY network and a lifetime of watching This Old House on PBS.
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Thanks for all the input. Who knew this thread would span two pages.

The property is large enough and the house is far away.There is no concern with neighbors either. The location of the sycamore trees is on a steep sloped section. Dropping the trees may hang up on the maple or other trees.


I appreciate the deep hues or reds and oranges in the fall on the maple trees.
The sycamore trees just drop golf size pods which I find transplanted in my flower beds via the squirrels .

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The sycamore trees just drop golf size pods which I find transplanted in my flower beds via the squirrels .
Oh sure, just brush us off and now mention that you not only had a sycamore problem but them being populated by squirrels? I would have called in an air strike and risked a season worth of heat damage to the maples.
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Oh sure, just brush us off and now mention that you not only had a sycamore problem but them being populated by squirrels? I would have called in an air strike and risked a season worth of heat damage to the maples.
I would just recommend napalm.

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