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Old 06-29-08, 01:06 PM
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I have 4 large mature spruce trees that are about 70 feet tall and only about 6 feet from the house. Two are on the west side and two are on the south side so they provide lots of shade. The problem is high winds have caused one of the south side trees to pull out of the ground which is saturated from above average rain. Fortunately it is leaning away from the house because of prevailing winds and lack of root structure toward the house.

The other 3 trees seem well anchored, but I am concerned that if high winds bring the west side trees down they will be on the house.

I can have the damaged tree completely removed and lose the shade, or I can just have it topped to reduce the height and try to save the tree. I could have them all topped at the same time. I would like to save the trees for the shade and minimize the risk of major house damage.

Do you think topping is a reasonable solution? Will the trees tolerate having the top half removed? How goofy will the trees look after being topped?

I plan to talk to a tree trimmer to get their opinion and cost estimate.
 
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Old 06-29-08, 04:12 PM
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Hi Fred,

I read your first sentence, "I have 4 large mature spruce trees that are about 70 feet tall and only about 6 feet from the house.", and my first reaction was, "Uh, oh!!"

First I'd like to say that you don't want a "tree trimmer", you want a certified arborist with all the credentials and insurance to go along with that.

Topping is not the answer as it makes for ugly and unstable trees.
http://www.plantamnesty.org/stoptopp...toptopping.htm

If the ground is that saturated, your best course of action is to remove any trees that are hazard trees and could fall on the house or people. Then you can plant other trees with the appropriate spacing for shade and safety. There's lots to read at these sites, but be sure to read the last one at this first site titled 'Hire an arborist'.
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/hazardtrees.html
http://www.forestpathology.org/hazard.html

At the second site be sure to read 'Root problems' and 'Lean' under 'Defects'.
http://www.forestpathology.org/hazard.html#defects

This last one has some good pics.
http://www.umass.edu/urbantree/hazard/index.shtml

Be sure to get more then one estimate. Get references and check them. You can learn some interesting things when you talk to customers. I had 5 trees removed from my yard for similar reasons. The site was so 'tight' that a boom was needed to lift the trunks over the house! Watching these men work was like watching a precision ballet. When they left there wasn't even a stray leaf left on the property! They were worth every penny.

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Old 06-30-08, 03:47 PM
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I talked to an arborist today and he recommends that I take down the 3 trees on the south side and do some thinning of the ones on the west side. I should have a quote later this week. I can hardly wait to see the price. My wife says $4000.

Interestingly, what I have been calling spruce are actually Douglas Fir which are to be taken down and Hemlock which will be kept.
 
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Old 07-02-08, 11:36 AM
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Thank you so much for getting back to us. I don't doubt your estimate will be close. Sounds a bit tricky as the trees are large and so close to the house.

You might want to read up on thinning Douglas fir at this site. It will give you an idea of what the end result will be and a starting point for discussing if you want to do that with your arborist. It has some good sketches.
http://extension.oregonstate.edu/cat...tml/ec/ec1132/

I'd love to know the final estimate.

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Old 07-07-08, 10:47 AM
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Here is the quote that I got from the arborist:

$2100 Remove 3 douglas fir and haul material away
$375 Grind 3 stumps
$575 Remove one double trunk and trim hemlock to minimize wind resistance.
$1200 Walnut prune sides inward reduce side weight

How does this sound?
 
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Old 07-09-08, 12:19 PM
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Fred, the prices for tree removal, etc vary with where you live.

You have a pm.

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