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yodleem 05-31-2012 03:38 PM

Low-hanging/dipping tree, what to do?
 
First time poster here!

I've got a tree on my front lawn with branches that are beginning to dip and I wanted to know if there is any way to remedy this without speaking to a tree removal company? I'm not against having a specialist come in but I just wanted to know if anyone had any tips or tricks to dealing with low hanging branches/trees? The tree itself is beginning to lean ever so slightly onto my neighbor's lawn and he's joked about cutting it down for sometime but I think that might be the best thing to do. The roots are starting to pull a little bit too and it's ruining the lawn around the tree base.

I don't currently own tree sheers but could pick them up one weekend to snip some of the more troublesome branches so that they aren't a safety hazard but that would only be a temporary solution since it's the tree itself that's starting to tip. Anyone have any ideas?

bob22 05-31-2012 04:28 PM

Tree species?
Picture would help.
How tall? Trunk diameter?

caperton22 06-04-2012 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by bob22 (Post 933190)
Tree species?
Picture would help.
How tall? Trunk diameter?

Did a little bit of research, looks to be a red maple, at least 100ft or so, trunk diameter of 2-3 ft.

Dunno if that helps?

I don't own a camera and am currently in the process of changing phone plans so I can't take a picture as of now, hopefully this is enough?

user1007 06-04-2012 12:00 PM

Has the tree been pruned regularly or neglected. Either way you should pick up a good book on pruning if you are going to do this yourself.

One thing you can try is to reduce the weight of the limbs. Cut branches the reach downward and cut back the length to buds this fall. Top the tree off carefully as well. Get rid of all interior crossing branches too.

Call a tree expert if in doubt. What concerns me is that a 100 foot tree has started to lean. That would suggest structure has been weakened by bugs, disease or something.

yodleem 06-04-2012 12:59 PM

The leaning has happened very gradually. My neighbor asked me about it and I honestly wouldn't have noticed it had he not brought it up. That was a few weeks ago. I started noticing the damage to the tree base recently as well. At first I thought that I would just snip away at the lower-hanging branches and be done with it, I don't know why I didn't think that the tree itself would be a problem since the leaning does seem to be a big problem...

I'm going to end up speaking to a tree professional and see what can be done. One of my wife's friends knows someone in a tree business that she could recommend. I'm going to ask her about it later tonight and see if I can't get the guy to come over and take a look at it.

Thanks! I'll update in the future.

user1007 06-04-2012 01:05 PM

Does your community employ an arborist? Sometimes they will come out for free and consult. They cannot to work for you though.

yodleem 06-04-2012 03:03 PM

Not that I know of... I'll look into it though.

For the time being my wife's friend's tree service guy is a family friend to my wife's friend and they have met. I'm hoping he could come by just to take a quick look at the tree and then give me an estimate or quote.

If he asks for a rate, I'll do a little bit more research into a local arborist.

chrisn 06-04-2012 05:52 PM

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Originally Posted by yodleem (Post 936070)
The leaning has happened very gradually. My neighbor asked me about it and I honestly wouldn't have noticed it had he not brought it up. That was a few weeks ago. I started noticing the damage to the tree base recently as well. At first I thought that I would just snip away at the lower-hanging branches and be done with it, I don't know why I didn't think that the tree itself would be a problem since the leaning does seem to be a big problem...

I'm going to end up speaking to a tree professional and see what can be done. One of my wife's friends knows someone in a tree business that she could recommend. I'm going to ask her about it later tonight and see if I can't get the guy to come over and take a look at it.

Thanks! I'll update in the future.


YES!:thumbsup:

yodleem 06-05-2012 11:43 AM

Alright so the guy gave the okay to come by later today. He agreed to do the consultation for free since my wife is good friends with his friend (thank god for connections) and says that he might even be able to give us a deal on the tree removal after I described to him what the situation looked like. He asked me about the what to do afterwards since the possibility of cutting the tree down seemed very plausible.

Apparently there's money to be had with tree wood? How do I proceed?

yodleem 06-05-2012 02:05 PM

Forget the last post. The guy came by while I was at work and spoke to my wife, he gave her the estimate and said that he's giving us a deal on the service. As for the wood, he said that he would take it off of our hands and sell it for us, reimbursing us for what is our's although he did say he would be holding onto a little bit of the profit. Seemed fine with me and I gave my wife the okay to arrange a date for the service. Smiles all around :)

chrisn 06-05-2012 05:43 PM

For what reason is removal necessary? :huh: It sounds as if this guy is taking you for a ride and a fast buck:eek:

yodleem 06-06-2012 10:00 AM

I guess I should've made myself more clear from the start then. It's a fairly large tree and even though my wife and I have a sizable front lawn, the tree itself is kind of an eyesore. We've talked about taking it down in the past, but only in passing since there was no real urgency for us to get rid of it. Since it started to lean, some of the roots are starting to mess up the lawn around the tree base so we finally decided that enough was enough and that we would look into taking it down. Also, it's always been tall enough so that if you walked underneath it on our sidewalk there would be nothing in your way but since the lean has happened, some of the branches/leaves are low enough to be a bother to passersby (or so we believe).

Either way it's convenient for us to get rid of it since we've thought about doing so for a while now.

chrisn 06-06-2012 05:36 PM

It's you're tree but it sounds to me that a little therapeutic pruning would fix the problem and save the tree.


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