Leach Field Dilemma!

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Old 08-08-18, 01:13 PM
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Leach Field Dilemma!

I understand that it is a bad idea to run a heavy vehicle over a leach field. Unfortunately, I have a large dead tree that has to be removed that will require the use of heavy truck and the only way to get to the tree is over part of my leach field. Any suggestions about protecting the leach field from damage would be greatly appreciated!Speak
 
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Plywood laid on the ground will disperse the weight some and should help.
 
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Can't you winch the bigger limbs over the leach field to the truck ?
 
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Probably needs to get the truck to the tree.

Lots of plywood, try to go around the edges, try to get the smallest equipment.

I know guys will climb, it costs more might be worth asking around!
 
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Thanks Mark! How thick would the plywood need to be?Speak
 
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Are there any contractors available with a truck that has a telescoping crane boom? Some can reach out 50 feet from where the truck is parked.

Some septic leach fields have a series of large poly plastic jugs (think gigantic plastic milk bottle) instead of having the pipes nested in gravel. Weight on the field can collapse the jugs.
 
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Thank you for the many replies!

Unfortunately, the tree is in the back right corner of my property and the truck would have to access the tree from the left side of the house, so the crane wouldn't be able to reach the tree without traveling over part of the leach field. Because of the weakened state of the tree, it would be too dangerous to climb the tree to cut it down. This leach field is 40 years old, if that is useful.
 
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I'm not sure that this is relevant, but the soil in this area is very sandy.
 
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Sorry about the odd "Speak" at the end of my first two messages. I have a Text to Speech extension in Chrome that has a floating Speak button that somehow got encoded into those messages until I caught it...
 
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You could easily cut the tree into firewood size pieces and haul it out on a wheelbarrow or other light vehicle.
Even with plywood a heavy truck could compact the soil and compromise your field.
 
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I would look for any other option you can get. A truck large enough to crane down a tree will almost certainly do some damage to the field. If you really have to do it, spread out the load as much as you can. Put down a couple inches of mulch, then lay some sheets of 3/4 plywood.
 
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Get 5 licensed tree toppers to visit....with the purpose of cutting it down in place...and hauling the pieces to a truck away from your leach field. Be sure they have valid license....valid liability insurance and.....valid Workman's Comp insurance.
 
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Can you approach the tree from the rear, across the property of your rear neighbor (with permission of course) ?

I once had a Black Walnut removed from along my rear property line, where it was destroying my garage in the Boston area, and doing it carefully with a crane over the roof of the garage, from my side, would have cost several thousand dollars.

I didn't know the value of Black Walnut at that time; but the sale of the 28" trunk and major limbs rendered more money than the cost of the removal when I sold it to a concern supplying specialty wood to Bird Carvers.
 
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Thanks again for your many suggestions!

I did get two estimates and they both said that it would be two dangerous to cut down the tree in place because it's dead and they don't know how stable it is, but it is a good idea to check out other companies. I do wish that I could approach it from another location and/or property. But, all of my neighbors also have septic systems, and the truck would have to drive over their leach fields to get to it. It would be great if it was valuable wood that could help offset the cost, but no such luck.

I really do appreciate all of your thoughts and attempts to help!
 
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If there is room for the whole tree to fall there is a way to bring it down in a specific location.
If the tree is stable enough to support an extension ladder a chain or cable can be attached to the trunk as high up as can be reached.
After weakening the tree near the base with a chain saw a winch can pull on the chain forcing it over in a controlled pull.

I have seen this done by a pro tree removal company and use this method myself to bring down 70' trees on our lot where a miscalculation could cause damage.
 
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