Apr 13, 2018 4:22 AM CST
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
I had a tulip poplar with a split stem. One stem finally grew so far sideways that it was threatening to pull the tree over, possibly onto the house. I really hated to disturb it, but I was getting worried.

So I was transplanting astilbes that were getting too much sunlight to the front yard that is generally shaded in the afternoon, and this guy came buy and suggested I let him remove it. I normally don't pay the least bit of attention to drive-by guys, But offerred to remove the leaning trunk for $500 and leave me firewood-length chunks (I don't use the basement fireplace) . I didn't go for that, but I did for $100 more to remove every twig from the yard.

Before you worry, it worked out great; I won't string you out on this.

I took the on-the-spot offer because I went to his truck and looked at what he had. The chainsaws were Stihl 24 inchers carefully arranged and I felt them for oiling. The ropes weren't brand new, so I knew he had used them, but they were also in good shape. He had the right tree-climbing spikes.

This was not my first experience with tree removal.

We also discussed exactly how each portion of the awkward branch would be removed.

I could have gone for other estimates, but $600 dollars? How much difference could there be in price? He showed me his insurance and bond certificate.


I love the new look; more light to the flowerbed. I feel guilty about cutting down any tree or part of one but I love the light and that odd split branch was going to pull the tree down someday.

So here are some pictures...

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Last edited by Yardenman Apr 13, 2018 4:25 AM Icon for preview
Apr 13, 2018 4:49 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
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Very glad it worked out for you and that you thoroughly checked out his credentials before you took his offer. Enjoy your new sunny spot!

We have also had to get rid of trees on our property and after 40 years, there is not one of the original trees on the place, but we have others that we planted. So even though it does make us feel bad to cut down a tree, we replace them for future generations to enjoy.
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Apr 14, 2018 5:42 PM CST
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
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Wow, how convenient!
My recent tree removal saga took a while, as it was just one tree it was a half-day job for them, so they had to wait till they had a half day opening. And then I also had the stump grinder come.
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