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farrington135 05-01-2007 04:55 PM

leaning tree
I have a 40' pine in my backyard leaning around 20. I'm debating whether to have it cut down or just trimmed. I was told it isn't anything to worry about but to see it lean even more when it's windy and/or is snow covered is not reassuring me that it won't come down during a strong storm. Is this common and nothing to worry about??

NateHanson 05-01-2007 05:03 PM

If it's really leaning 20 degrees, I wouldn't say that's "normal".

If it falls, will it land on anything expensive? (house, car, neighbor's kids)

If it's only a few degrees I wouldn't worry about it. But 20 degrees is really a lot. That would put the top of the tree more than 20 feet off-plumb!

rohnds 05-01-2007 05:39 PM

Is the tree leaning 20 degree from the ground like this,

Or 20 degrees from the vertical like this,

farrington135 05-01-2007 06:01 PM

20 from vertical. Exactly like your second diagram.

handy man88 05-02-2007 06:51 AM

Cut that tree down. Pine trees have very weak root systems, as most of the roots are near the top, and thus will topple easily.

NateHanson 05-02-2007 10:02 AM


Originally Posted by farrington135 (Post 43038)
20 from vertical. Exactly like your second diagram.

I've got a lot of pine, spruce, and fir. The ones that are leaning like that generally have already lost grip of the soil and are hungup in another tree. I wouldn't trust it a bit. If it's going to be a problem when it falls, I'd take it down now. Otherwise, just let nature take it's course, and clean up afterwards.

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