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Need advice about a plum tree. This tree is huge, healthy and beautiful but may have to come down.:( The root system is uplifting part of a fieldstone patio. Just got an estimate for yearly pruning and it's almost $500. now including other smaller trees and dump fee. There are hundreds of shoots and it needs to be tamed LOL

I've had it shaped and cabled thru the years but this year it really took off.
I hate to cut it down. In April it looks like a popcorn tree, then flowers turn pink and then huge green leaves and plums, finally maroon leaves in fall. It's a mess maker but worth it :rolleyes: LOL When it's covered in snow and uplit with spot floods, it's breathtaking.

So my questions are can it be uprooted to trim roots? Can I donate it somewhere and will it live in the transplant? Even if I stump grind it down, the roots are still lifting fieldstones. The tree guy says pruning has to be done in Feb. if I'm going to keep it? So, I need to figure this out soon.....any suggestions? :confused: I took some pics and will try to post them too.
 

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Yup- That pic will determine if the tree is transplantable. Transplanting large trees are gernerally possible up to 10" caliper with a Tree Spade. Larger material will need to be hand Digging w/ a little Back hoe help, then the payloader and Tractor +Flat bed trailer if moving tree offsite. Tree needs to be accessible by Truck or Payloader. And the #'s are higher than $5 Beans! Success is very high. Probably just prune or get the chain saw. Your call. Tree spade is $1200-1600. per day,Payloader $1200. per as well. You got to really love the Tree!! Plus laborors at $65. per Hr. as needed. Good Luck!:)
 

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Can you put down more dirt
and raise the patio...?

Since you really love the tree....

I had 8 yards dumped and raked it out by hand, took me all freakin day and evening...
I felt like the guy in "Close Encounters"....:rolleyes::rolleyes:


But I had to do it quick cause rain was coming...
 

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...............Tree spade is $1200-1600. per day,Payloader $1200. per as well. You got to really love the Tree!! Plus laborors at $65. per Hr. as needed. Good Luck!:)

Dam, those must be Greenlawn prices..........


................and you pay your dam illegals $65 beans an hour...........
.................man, I'm comin to work for you Clay.
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gverb1219 wrote:
Fish220sr wrote:
...............Tree spade is $1200-1600. per day,Payloader $1200. per as well. You got to really love the Tree!! Plus laborors at $65. per Hr. as needed. Good Luck!:)

Dam, those must be Greenlawn prices..........


................and you pay your dam illegals $65 beans an hour...........
.................man, I'm comin to work for you Clay.
;)

no not beans Gary they get cold hard cash
 

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canyonfvr wrote:
Bally,

do you have a fire place :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Why yes cany, I have a few
and now I have to show you the outdoor one that's beneath part of the tree almost torching it LMAO
Trying to find pics of the flames shooting out the chimney...first pic shows branches above chimney...

I am a firebug you know


You can barely make out some branches in the night photos but I use this year round and the poor tree is gonna ignite one of these times
I may have to rebuild belgian blocks as they have glowed and blown out some mortar ...thanks for the ideas guys and keep them coming
I think I better start a mason post too before it topples over
Work party at Bally's.....bring wood, chainsaws and belgian blocks!!!!!!! ;)

This post edited by Ballyhoooo 08:45 PM 02/10/2008
 

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I will try again

my first reply did not go through. On the top right of this page is the business card section, call my office and I will stop bye and give you my professional evaluation, but from the pictures moving this tree with a big dollar tree spade for a tree that age would not be worth it. But call me I can look at it and the rest of the landscape and let you know how everythings doing and anything I can recommend for you to do.
Chevy1
 

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Ballyhoooo wrote:
canyonfvr wrote:
Bally,

do you have a fire place :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Why yes cany, I have a few
and now I have to show you the outdoor one that's beneath part of the tree almost torching it ..................
I may have to rebuild belgian blocks as they have glowed and blown out some mortar .......................
thanks for the ideas guys and keep them coming
I think I better start a mason post too before it topples over

Work party at Bally's.....bring wood, chainsaws and belgian blocks!!!!!!! ;)

Why you using your bar-B-que for a fire pit? You should make an open fire pit and leave the bar-B-que for cooking


You need a little more than a little mortar..LOL
 

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Thanks chevy, will do!How long do these trees live anyway?

Gary, I already have a grill and that fireplace holds a lot of wood! LOL ...gonna take the pic out, I'll add it back when it looks better ;)
 

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Ballyhoooo wrote:
Work party at Bally's.....bring wood, chainsaws and belgian blocks!!!!!!! ;)if you want to ice the tree, I got the saw...Stihl 029. someone else bring a chipper for the small branches...half-day project, at most

no charge for you Ballyhooooooooooooooooooooooooo



 

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SORTIE wrote:
Ballyhoooo wrote:
Work party at Bally's.....bring wood, chainsaws and belgian blocks!!!!!!! ;)if you want to ice the tree, I got the saw...Stihl 029. someone else bring a chipper for the small branches...half-day project, at most

no charge for you Ballyhooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Skip, still can't get it stright, huh? You ice the beer and cut the tree!
:rolleyes:
 

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MakoMike wrote:
SORTIE wrote:
Ballyhoooo wrote:
Work party at Bally's.....bring wood, chainsaws and belgian blocks!!!!!!! ;)if you want to ice the tree, I got the saw...Stihl 029. someone else bring a chipper for the small branches...half-day project, at most

no charge for you Ballyhooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Skip, still can't get it stright, huh? You ice the beer and cut the tree!
:rolleyes:


Skip's not thinking clearly his brain got frost bitten today
 

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SORTIE wrote:
Ballyhoooo wrote:
Work party at Bally's.....bring wood, chainsaws and belgian blocks!!!!!!! ;)if you want to ice the tree, I got the saw...Stihl 029. someone else bring a chipper for the small branches...half-day project, at most

no charge for you Ballyhooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Thanks Skip for your generous offer
Your big frame holds a big heart LOL ;) Thanks also to everyone else and your calls and suggestions!

The tree saga continues and has gotten pretty funny. I had a crew here this morning for another estimate...I must look pretty stoopit :confused:as they told me to let the plum tree stay and die but they would uproot and cart off my much smaller weeping cherry trees and japanese maples free of charge.
All these trees and bushes are healthy and thriving not to mention mature and valuable LMAO...I had them planted as saplings and they're kinda like pets I've nurtured and watched grow? I expedited their departure off my property wondering where honest business men are anymore?

Crew 2 and I mutually agreed to hold off later today with growing inclement weather traffic concerns.

It's snowing now and I put the spot floods on early so they wouldn't have to "cook" off the snow and ice. The plum tree was here before the patio and is doing what comes naturally and stretching


Don't think I have the heart to cut her down in her healthy bodacious prime :( LOL .... iyiyiyi...1Dogshy's idea of adding dirt and rebuilding patio and fireplace is sounding real good now
:)

I'll go out soon and try to get the snow pics of all specimens tonight...am I the only one that thinks trees are cool without the summer foliage :confused: Living where we do with the four seasons of fishing and weather is what shapes us all? LOL...I could never live in Fla. with just palm trees and no change of seasons
k...pm thing is blinking...bbl :)
 
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