Tree Removal

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Tree Removal

Post by Dia » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:12 am

Should this tree be removed? (Will it keep becoming a bigger and bigger PITA)?

If so, any good advice for diy'ing tree removal? 'Cause hot damn, that's a bank-breaker.
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Re: Tree Removal

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:07 am

Yes, all trees become bigger and bigger problems as they grow, and more expensive to remove.

Not sure what it is about this particular tree that is an issue, though the fact that it's an evergreen means that you can trim or cut branches and they will not grow back, so you can easily and permanently cut it back from the structure or whatever it's encroaching on without necessarily having to remove the tree.

If roots are the problem, then you're pretty much screwed. If you go whacking at roots you stand a good chance of killing the tree, at the very least weakening it, and if it's a main structural root, creating a very dangerous situation when you get wind.

Removal is not something to be trifled with, you have your own personal safety to worry about, as well as property damage should you not be able to control the fall of the tree. If you are highly comfortable with a chainsaw and how to cut a tree down and ladders and heights, go for it, if the saw and it's operation are the slightest bit foreign to you, this is a job for a pro.

As for hiring a pro, you don't necessarily have to hire a tree company, but you do have to make sure that whomever you use is competently capable of doing the job. Any number of things can go wrong, and they go wrong VERY quickly when it comes to cutting down trees. The more difficult the job, the more important it is that the right person be doing it.

Whatever you do, be careful, we kinda like having you around. 8-)
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Re: Tree Removal

Post by Dia » Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:59 pm

It's just that it was planted about 5 feet from the side fence and maybe two from the back, so it's got no room as is. Whoever planted stuff around here seemed to underestimate the likelihood of plant growth. Here's another one I'm considering removing since it was planted 6" from the concrete edge.
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Re: Tree Removal

Post by A. Spruce » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:29 pm

That little thing next to the concrete you can definitely handle by yourself if you so choose. The big one is probably better left to a pro, simply due to it's size and proximity to things you don't want damaged.
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Re: Tree Removal

Post by Dia » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:54 pm

A. Spruce wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:29 pm
That little thing next to the concrete you can definitely handle by yourself if you so choose. The big one is probably better left to a pro, simply due to it's size and proximity to things you don't want damaged.
Ok, deal. For now, we trim the monster. I'll attempt to take out the other one when the thaw starts.

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Re: Tree Removal

Post by ScottyRemington » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:35 pm

If you decide to cut down the monster tree my only recommendation for hiring a contractor is make sure they have insurance and ask to see it. The last thing you need is a guy falling out a tree and hurting himself on your property!

Good luck :)

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Re: Tree Removal

Post by A. Spruce » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:00 pm

ScottyRemington wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:35 pm
If you decide to cut down the monster tree my only recommendation for hiring a contractor is make sure they have insurance and ask to see it. The last thing you need is a guy falling out a tree and hurting himself on your property!

Good luck :)
This is good advice for any tradesman you hire. Where I live in the States you have to be licensed, bonded, and insured in your specific trade in order to do business. Most states require licensing and insurance to some degree, though ultimately, it is up to the homeowner to find out what is required in their area and have proof from the tradesman before hiring them. IMHO, this same level of due diligence pertains to anyone, in any country, that needs to hire a pro. And, FWIW, if a pro isn't willing to provide you with whatever the local requirements are, you need to keep looking.

In fairness to the pros, we put out a lot of bids and only get a fraction of that work, so we won't necessarily provide you with anything until we're certain that we have the job. Personally, for me, this was part of signing the contract.
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