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    Tree help needed...split

    Hey there guys and thanks in advance for your help, and/or sarcastic comments and photos.

    Ok so I got thru this weekend pretty lucky imo. I have a tree that kind of looks like 2 trees growing together. Approximately 15 to 18" in diameter EACH that grew apart around 5-6' off the ground. Now I just bought the house last year and didn't notice it...but this year i did. Well anyway it's splitting right down to the ground between the two "trees". The one to the West is growing fairly vertically...the one to the east though...is growing east across my property line and above the neighbors fence in the back yard. I'm worrying about this half falling completely over someday.

    I think I remember seeing somewhere a local "tree" organization would come out and give you a free evaluation? They aren't a company or a tree service just some non profit or something. Does anyone know what I'm talking about or have any other ideas? I would really not like to cut it down so my other thoughts are that I take a rachet strap and try to pull it tight with the West "tree" to keep it from splitting any farther or fall down. Thoughts? I will post a pic later tonight when I get home.

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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    What type of tree is it?

    Sounds like you just had a co-dominant stem problem that no one fixed early on. If it's cracked all the way down it doesn't sound good for the tree. Seeing pictures will help though.



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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    Quote Originally Posted by MissouriCyclone View Post
    What type of tree is it?

    Sounds like you just had a co-dominant stem problem that no one fixed early on. If it's cracked all the way down it doesn't sound good for the tree. Seeing pictures will help though.
    This didn't have pics either but kind of sounds like what's happening to mine.

    Splitting tree? | PennLive.com



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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    There are probably folks here that can advise but will need those pictures. You aren't going to be able to strap this. Might be able to cable and/or bolt together with thread rods but maybe not and anything as big as described is a job for pros and not a DIY. Sometimes with an extreme split trunk there isn't anything practical you can do to make it safe from splitting.



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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    My brother is a master arborist for Wright Outdoor Solutions (formerly Wright Tree Care). I do not know if they give "free" estimates, but he is pretty good at his job, and is often used by the media for "expert" opinions on tree care for TV and radio.

    Give them a call, and find out.



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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    Quote Originally Posted by Marti4Cy View Post
    My brother is a master arborist for Wright Outdoor Solutions (formerly Wright Tree Care). I do not know if they give "free" estimates, but he is pretty good at his job, and is often used by the media for "expert" opinions on tree care for TV and radio.

    Give them a call, and find out.
    Thanks for the tip. (That's what she said) I'm guessing they're swamped right now after this past weekend.



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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    I was taught never bolt the tree together. It could cause some problems down the road and make things way worse. I agree with both the other posters though with the big guys doing this.



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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    If its cracked all the way to the ground it will probably be deemed a Hazard tree. Then it will have to come down.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyCrazy View Post
    If its cracked all the way to the ground it will probably be deemed a Hazard tree. Then it will have to come down.
    So I shouldn't tell anyone?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerdaddy View Post
    So I shouldn't tell anyone?
    Well if it is likely to fall on anything of value in a storm this summer I would take it down. If not let it rock.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyCrazy View Post
    Well if it is likely to fall on anything of value in a storm this summer I would take it down. If not let it rock.
    If you need a new fence let it stand and have insurance take care of it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MissouriCyclone View Post
    If you need a new fence let it stand and have insurance take care of it.
    Haha good point.



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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    I need to see what my deductible is... And then get bids lol.



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    Re: Tree help needed...split

    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerdaddy View Post
    So I shouldn't tell anyone?
    Just make sure they can't trace this thread back to you...


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    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    Just make sure they can't trace this thread back to you...
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