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Old 09-20-2011, 06:23 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Look, it's true that trees can harbor insects. But the ground harbors a lot more. Insects are everywhere; there is no avoiding them. The trick is to make sure your house is sealed off and that anything wood is painted and (importantly) not exposed to moisture directly. In New England, most houses are clapboard (wood), and they get a ton of snow and rain. And yet you see houses that are 200 or even 300 years old--because they took those precautions.

I can see why Caladium would leave the stump. It will attract birds, and the roots are good for erosion control. If I were in her shoes, I would see leaving it as a matter of principle. But that's me.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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BTW, does Cascades permit him to tear down so many trees? Some HOAs don't allow it. Not intending to start a debate on HOAs, but just wondering if he's in violation.
He's supposed to get signed permission from any neighbor in adjoining properties (those who would see the tree). Yes, he is already in violation of HOA rules, but I don't want to be the jerk who turns him in. If he had asked me to sign, I would have--but I'm also not bothered by him taking down trees on his own land if he wants to without following the proper procedures. The trees were pretty but I figure it's his property and he can do what he likes with it.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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Caladium, the way you describe him is stereotypical of russian men. I feel I can say this because my father's russian and I know and am very familiar with russians. Russian people are...well, unless they're the russians in my family, I try to avoid them.

Anyway, back to your problem. Russians hate a lot of things, so it's no surprise to me that they also hate stumps (your post cracked me up by the way!). While I cannot offer any advice to you (do what you want! don't let him intimidate you! you were there first!) I can offer this to him: If you don't like trees, you're in the wrong f****** state. Excuse my french.

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Old 09-20-2011, 07:29 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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He's supposed to get signed permission from any neighbor in adjoining properties (those who would see the tree). Yes, he is already in violation of HOA rules, but I don't want to be the jerk who turns him in.
In my view, you wouldn't be a jerk. He broke the rules. And in doing so, it sounds like he deprived you of something you valued (the view of those trees).

I only wish we had some rule like that for my neighborhood. Trees are almost a public accommodation in that they provide shade and beauty for everyone.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:20 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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I dont know how someone who hates trees could abide this region, where even the dense, urban jurisdictions have so many.


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Here in Annandale, DW and I live in an EOG TH that overlooks a heavily wooded county park. No one in our development dislikes trees AFAIK, even our Russian neighbor.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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Lets send him a letter in Russian.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:40 AM
 
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Lets send him a letter in Russian.

Yes, Caladium, we'll help you write it.

RUSDC, you seem nice so my post was not directed at you
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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Yes, Caladium, we'll help you write it.

RUSDC, you seem nice so my post was not directed at you
We'll deliver it with a lb of red caviar and a bottle of frosty one.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Vienna, NoVA
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Caladium, sorry about your situation… And as others, including Carlingtonian suggested, stay strong and just continue saying no. Russians like to push and they push even more when trying to achieve what they want, especially when others do not share the same opinion. Also, Russians (like Italians) tend to talk loud with passion, so try not to pay much attention to it and do not take it personal. It is your property, so if you want to keep your stump, keep it!

RUSDC, please feel free to deliver red caviar, or better black one, to me! Thanks! :-)
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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If he doesn't respect HOA rules, he may not respect your rules either. If you do decide to go ahead, I would supervise every step of the way and be prepared to get into a debate over how much cutting and pulling should be done. If he's dismissive of women it's likely that he will try to tell you he knows better than you do and you might end up having quite an argument. Personally it sounds like something I'd avoid. In another year the grass will have grown over the stump and it will be a moot point.
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