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Richmond, VA
svmpmk
Jun 8, 2020 2:28 PM CST
I posted this before, sorry for reposting. But this time I added some additional videos taken inside the tree hole with camera pointing upwards. Would you please take a second look? Thank you.

youtu.be/tDSd74qwal8
youtu.be/pLU_MMBoW4o

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Please ignore the cones, which were collected by my daughter...
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It's in my backyard, leaning slightly toward my neighbor in the back.

I also edited my original post, but it already has many replies and attracts no new one.
[Last edited by svmpmk - Jun 10, 2020 2:38 PM (+)]
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DaisyI
Jun 8, 2020 2:44 PM CST
We don't have anything new to add. All we can do is offer opinions and suggestions, then you make the decisions. If you are waiting for a concensus, it won't happen. Sorry!

One of the suggestions was to find a qualified Arborist. I think that's a good idea as you are still concerned. BUT, find one who doesn't work for a tree trimming service. That would be a conflict of interest.

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Richmond, VA
svmpmk
Jun 8, 2020 5:05 PM CST
DaisyI said:We don't have anything new to add. All we can do is offer opinions and suggestions, then you make the decisions. If you are waiting for a concensus, it won't happen. Sorry!

One of the suggestions was to find a qualified Arborist. I think that's a good idea as you are still concerned. BUT, find one who doesn't work for a tree trimming service. That would be a conflict of interest.



Thank you. I'm not waiting for a concensus, but just wonder if you changed your opinion after watching the newly added videos.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 8, 2020 5:29 PM CST
I didn't watch the videos. I don't know if anyone else did or not.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 9, 2020 1:06 AM CST
I saw the other thread but did not watch videos, cuz I cant imagine I can see enough to form even my uneducated opinion.
Responders here have a wide range of background, some very experienced as far as that goes, but just seeing pix and video is very limiting. I would watch for sick limbs or oozing from the trunk or anything weird. Have we said what kind of tree it is? I had a maple have a branch die, narrow crotch, weird bulging trunk and discovered ants working inside and pushing crumbs of rotted wood out the side of the trunk but it stood until we dropped it to add a bedroom. Also had a weeping willow fall on a calm day, discovered major rot. (Just more anecdotes that do not inform your decision.)
We're a helpful bunch but not much meaningful advice to be had in this case. Shrug!
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Name: stone
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stone
Jun 9, 2020 9:25 AM CST
Where are those videos hosted?
Those do not look like youtube links.

I dislike watching videos on the best of days... definitely not going to a link that I don't recognize.

If the tree leans toward the neighbor... I'd get price quotes.

leaning trees are scary, and nobody can tell you which storm will bring them down.

if it wasn't going to fall on anything, seems like a valuable tree to keep around... but, as much as this tree seems to be bothering you... probably worth it to pay a tree service... just for the peace of mind.
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farmerdill
Jun 9, 2020 9:36 AM CST
Concur: It looks like a tulip poplar which are not overly prone to hollowing or blowing over. The top appears healthy. But if it bothers you take it down. Not worth losing sleep over.
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jun 9, 2020 5:59 PM CST
Oh, I see the trademark tulip poplar leaves now.
That is a tree which eventually becomes massive and tall. May never fall but do you think its the right place for a massive very tall tree? If not, bite the bullet. It won't get any cheaper.
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Richmond, VA
svmpmk
Jun 9, 2020 7:08 PM CST
stone said:Where are those videos hosted?
Those do not look like youtube links.

I dislike watching videos on the best of days... definitely not going to a link that I don't recognize.

If the tree leans toward the neighbor... I'd get price quotes.

leaning trees are scary, and nobody can tell you which storm will bring them down.

if it wasn't going to fall on anything, seems like a valuable tree to keep around... but, as much as this tree seems to be bothering you... probably worth it to pay a tree service... just for the peace of mind.


They are hosted on OneDrive. Here are the youtube links anyway.
youtu.be/tDSd74qwal8
youtu.be/pLU_MMBoW4o
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MoonShadows
Jun 9, 2020 7:26 PM CST
From you video, it looks like the center is rotting and it is infested with ants. It is not going to get any better, only worse. If I owned it, I would cut it down if it could possible cause damage if it eventually fell.
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Richmond, VA
svmpmk
Jun 10, 2020 2:39 PM CST
svmpmk said:I posted this before, sorry for reposting. But this time I added some additional videos taken inside the tree hole with camera pointing upwards. Would you please take a second look? Thank you.

youtu.be/tDSd74qwal8
youtu.be/pLU_MMBoW4o

Thumb of 2020-06-08/svmpmk/e67ca2
Please ignore the cones, which were collected by my daughter...
Thumb of 2020-06-08/svmpmk/378879
Thumb of 2020-06-10/svmpmk/760c74

It's in my backyard, leaning slightly toward my neighbor in the back.

I also edited my original post, but it already has many replies and attracts no new one.


Just added a full-length photo of the tree.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
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sallyg
Jun 10, 2020 3:47 PM CST
Based on the new picture, with the bulk of the tree clearly on one side, I would have it removed. (Not a pro but have previous experiences I posted with my own trees)
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Jim
Northeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
My garden feeds my body and soul
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MoonShadows
Jun 10, 2020 3:48 PM CST
sallyg said:Based on the new picture, with the bulk of the tree clearly on one side, I would have it removed. (Not a pro but have previous experiences I posted with my own trees)


Agree, as I said last night.
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Richmond, VA
svmpmk
Jun 13, 2020 10:11 AM CST
svmpmk said:I posted this before, sorry for reposting. But this time I added some additional videos taken inside the tree hole with camera pointing upwards. Would you please take a second look? Thank you.

youtu.be/tDSd74qwal8
youtu.be/pLU_MMBoW4o

Thumb of 2020-06-08/svmpmk/e67ca2
Please ignore the cones, which were collected by my daughter...
Thumb of 2020-06-08/svmpmk/378879
Thumb of 2020-06-10/svmpmk/760c74

It's in my backyard, leaning slightly toward my neighbor in the back.

I also edited my original post, but it already has many replies and attracts no new one.


Thank you very much to all.

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