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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.

Unless the contract stated they were to remove the neighbor's portion at the neighbor's expense it's your bill.  You simply stated they were to remove the portion on the neighbor's side also, not who would pay for it by what I'm reading, even if that was your intention.

Another route to take:  Technically you should be able to file a claim with your neighbor's insurance for the damage done by the tree and possibly for the removal of the tree including the portion not affecting you.  They may deny the second part but if they pay for damages in addition to the coverage by your insurance you've been reimbursed.  Don't take more than the $650 and keep all records so you aren't accused of insurance fraud.  Unless the bill was broken into 2 parts stating which amount was for the removal on your side and which side was theirs their insurance probably won't argue much about only paying part of the bill.  Talk to your agent about how to best approach this.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services

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.


Tree Services in Galax, VA

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Aacme General Contractors Inc.

20094 Rowdy Rd
Brandy Station

Aarons Property Maintenance LLC

12028 Cobblestone Ct
King George

Advance Contracting

24828 Black Branch Rd.
Stony Creek

All Tree Service


Ancient Sea Tree Service

1535 North Delphine Ave.


Front Royal

Atchley Tree Service

10014 Jordan Dr

Bernal's Tree Service

9392 Eggsbornsville Road

brandon's tree tammers

157 powell valley village st

Buddys Tree Service

12626 Wilson Rd


100 Hillington Rd

Charles N Jenkins Tree Service

14181 Chestnut Fork Rd

Distinctive Tree Service


dng exteriors

1036 manning dr

Dry Run Tree Service

1006 Judy Lane


14980 Davis Rd
Church Road

Eddies Services

1736 Sinley Drive

Extreme Lawn Care

870 Hwy 15 North

F & M Home Improvement

434 Butternut Dr

Finishing Touch Tree and Landscaping

10045 Meadows Road
Locust Grove

H&D Handyman Service's Llc

206 east Whitlock ave

H&H Tree Service

74 Hawkins Ln

Jenkins Excavating & Logging, LLC

Post Office Box 447

Jernigan Outfiters LLC.

326 Kingston Rd

John Mills Roofing

468 Ferry Rd

Kegley's Tree Company

Petersburg, VA


Glade Spring

morales services


Olde Towne Lawn

2811 Slingerland Dr

Perfection Tree Experts llc

1427 bulls head rd

Premiere Tree Services of Fredericksburg

43 Town & Country Dr. Ste. 119-116



Rector's Property Maintenance

801 colonial ave
Colonial Beach

Rusty's Tree Service

68 lake rd

Scooter's Construction

3765 Nellie Jones Rd
La Crosse

Solid Rock Lawn & Landscape LLC

20305 Garrison Drive

Those Tree Guys


Top Notch Tree Service

586 HEVENER Lane

Tree King Usa

207 Cabbel Drive
Manassas Park

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