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I would strongly suggest sending your neighbors a certified letter stating that, per your earlier conversation, you consider this tree to be a hazard due to its proximity to the power lines. Then, when and if something bad does happen, you will have a record of having informed them of it and they won't be able to say "we didn't know."
You say the county has told you it is the neighbor's problem. Did you contact the local electric company? They should care very much about the situation.
I would also recommend taking lots of pictures showing the proximity of the tree to the wires and that it is obviously dead.
Dead trees do sometimes stay vertical for a very long time, but it sounds like a tense situation for you. I understand your desire to not inflame the situation, but it doesn't sound like there is anything more you can do that won't have the potential to do so. So it becomes your responsibility to look after your own interests in the most reasonable way possible.
For my money, never ? I do a walk-around yearly in the summer (when easy to work on and before the heavy fall winds in our area) and look for trees with dead crowns, losing branches everywhere but at the crown, brown branches (evergreens) or leafless branches, leaning trees, trees with visible rot, trees with major bark loss, trees with seriously damaged or eroded away roots, etc. If none of those symptoms, then I call our 100 or so trees good for the year.
Of course, the bigger the trees and the likelihood of house damageor powerline loss (especially in winter) if there is a major branch or tree fall comes into play also. I trim and cut my own trees when needed regardless of size, so my level of confidence in being able to handle anything comes into it.
If you are worried about one or more trees, call an arborist to check them out - then I would say unless there is evidence of damage - ESPECIALLY leaning trees or major branches not leafing like the rest of the tree - I would not worry having them looked at more frequently than every 10 years or so.
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Initially I was nervous that they had taken off too much from the top of the tree, but they called their manager and I spoke with him and he explained that what they are doing is normal and it will come in beautifully in the spring. He said not to worry that it looks too bare, and to trust him that it will beautiful.
I was satisfied with this discussion, and look forward to it filling in nicely in the spring. It was becoming too large in front of my townhome, starting to block the stairs to the entrance, and encroaching on the neighbors driveway space.
They initially quoted $700, which was $500 for topping/shaping, and $200 for large branch removal. This was competitive with 10 other bids, right in the middle of the other quotes.
However, they gave me a $200 Angie's List discount, bringing the total to $500 for all work, which was the BEST price of the 10 quotes I received.
I would use them again.
The date to take down the trees was set for two business days after the day of the estimate with the caveat that if it rained the day before, the date would have to be postponed until the next available dry day. As luck would have it, we received rain during the night. Mr.
Once the cutting began, I headed in to work. When I stopped by the house just before lunch, most of the trees were already down, and men were hauling large logs to the trucks at the street. Work finished up about mid-afternoon. When I arrived home after work, the yard was cleaned up, and all cuttings were hauled off. The trunks were cut as flush to the ground as possible. There is nothing for me to do except admire their handiwork and get used to not having limbs fall every time a rain storm passes through!
I've had trees of similar or larger size and number cut down on other properties. One tree service was absolutely terrible, the other a complete opposite: fast, professional with no damage or trash left behind whatsoever.
By the way, many tree services out there are fly-by-night or ill-managed. Broken Tree Tree Service has been in business over 25 years and is licensed and insured. Based on my experience with the company, I have no qualms recommending them to others. Thanks,
Re communication, I had to call twice to receive my written estimate after making a verbal agreement with After the second call, I got an email from
The job itself went very well and quickly. The workers demonstrated skill and experience. A couple of cut pieces touched the wires, but did no damage. The location was very challenging with regard to wires, thorny bushes, and a fence. They cleaned up after themselves right down to blowing the sawdust off the sidewalk. They even removed the parking notices I had put on two utiltiy poles.
Overall, I am pleased, but do wish the office would get its act back together.”
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