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Old 05-26-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Oregon city
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We have a 30' holly tree we want to cut down, We can't afford to pay a tree removal service and we can't fit the tree in our landfill/compost bin so where could we get rid of the tree for free? Or close to free? Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Oregon & Sunsites Arizona
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Cut it up and donate the wood.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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This is the wrong season to get rid of a holly tree for free. If you can wait until November harvest the holly and offer that for free on Craigslist. Then all you are left with is the heavy branches and trunk. Chop that into firewood sizes, try to give that away (most firewood needs to season so it won't be much use in the short term).
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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You could borrow a pickup truck, cut into pieces and take it to someplace like McFarlanes, where it will be turned into mulch and compost.

http://www.mcfarlanesbark.com/index.html

I don't know the rates exactly, but it shouldn't be more than 20 bucks for a piled high load.
Call them and find out.
If you call someone to haul it away, chances are that's where it'll end up.

McFarlanes is located by Lowes on 224 and 205 so it should be a short jaunt from Oregon City.

Whatever you do, remember to tarp your load, or you will get a pricey ticket.

Or put a "free" add on craigslist......you never know what people may want, and when.
Or just keep cutting it up and putting it in your yard debris bin, but that might take all summer.
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Jennings Lodge, OR
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Holly is lovely wood and it would be a waste to chip it; a woodworker may be interested in taking it. Try here- Urban Hardwood Recovery - Serving the Greater Portland, Oregon Region
Or here:
Urban Tree Salvage | ecowoodworks.com
Or here:
Urban Timberworks | Hand Crafted Artisan Treasures from Salvaged Urban Trees | Portland Oregon
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Ditto on the salvage. I wasted a Holly tree as fire wood. It is very hard, make durable items like bowls plates mortar and pestle sets ect.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Interesting. All I knew about Holly trees is their leaves. Usually there is a prime season for harvesting a tree used for household items because of sap migration. I would call the folks at Urban Timberworks and ask for their advice.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:37 PM
 
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I cut a holly tree down in our yard a couple years ago and used it for firewood for camping trips. I gave it about a year to dry and it it burned just fine.
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