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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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His estimate was significantly more affordable than another service provider's that I had contacted. His crew did a thorough job and really cleared all the poison ivy from the tree. They removed tree limbs as well and even helped my neighbors by cutting them into manageable pieces so they could take them for firewood. Great job all around.
This job took about five days with 2-3 people working full time. The yard was in horrible shape, and the guys did a great job in creating a new outdoor space. I would fully recommend them to anyone else. I collected three other bids, and this job was the cheapest. I have no doubt the quality of this job would have been just as good as the competitors. My only minor quibble to anyone who would consider something similar is to NOT have a fixed timeline in your mind. I wanted the job done within a couple of weeks after the purchase of the "big deal," but it was six weeks later that the job was finished. However, that was due to weather and the fact that this company seemed to have quite a few other jobs on the books before me. I was impressed that once the job did begin, the workers were there almost every day to get the job done, working right until sunset. My biggest peeve with contractors is when they juggle multiple jobs and you only see them sporadically. This was NOT the case with Pampas.
One last minor suggestion to them would be to clean up just a bit better. They left quite a bit of crumbled rock pieces & dust from the rebuilt stairs right in front of my door, but it was easy for me to sweep it up.
Also, I requested to see a sample of the brick before it was installed, but it seemed like that was going to delay the project further--it didn't seem like the contractors kept samples of pavers on their truck. I picked from a picture on the Internet, but I was very pleased with how similar the stone was to the picture.
The new wrought iron fence was installed beautifully and leveled, too. There were no differences between the bid and the final bill, and I was happy they accepted American Express.
Lastly, MAJOR KUDOS for thorough and effective communication with Marcio, the contractor. Our primary communication throughout the project was through text message, and he was VERY responsive. He came on site one day and I showed him a few things, which he addressed properly.
I've chosen many different contractors to work on various parts of my rehabbed house, and Pampas was the best I've worked with in the last two years.
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