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Old 04-22-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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As you can see from my previous post...we are moving from MI so we aren't super familiar with the area..I think we have narrowed down our search to Flower Mound. We have our eye on a couple properties in the Long Prairie/Chaparral area in a sub called Forest Park Estates....Is anyone familiar with this area?? This might sound like a stupid question but it seems like there are a lot of homes for sale in this sub also there was a notice posted when we pulled out of the sub division onto Chaparral that there was a request for trees to be cut from a huge field that runs along Chaparral?? Should I be worried? Am I missing something..We closed on our MI house a few weeks ago...our days here are numbered...Our realtor in TX says he thinks it's a great area to live.Thanks for any advice =)
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:40 AM
 
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You can double check with the Town but I recollect Toll brothers getting a nod from the Town last month to build 90+ homes starting at 450K+ on Long Prairie - Chaparral road. The Trees cutting request must be from them. I think having Toll brothers near this SD will be plus. I suggest calling the HOA and speak to some residents and also contact Toll brothers for their sales brochures. Toll brothers proposed to build a park, pond and biking trails so you'll come to know their exact location with reference to the house you are looking.
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:06 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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FM has a very strict law concerning cutting down trees which unfortunately must be done to build homes. They require many trees to be replaced and give strict approval for which and how many trees can be removed.

This is a good thing and prevents massive tree removal which is what happened in the old days.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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except that cutting down a tree that took 20 yrs to grow and is 30 ft tall and provides a great shade canopy
won't be replaced with a similar tree--
I know--
Keller has good tree replacement plan too--but it still allows for developers to get away with clear cutting and replacing with much smaller trees that take years to mature

it is not easy problem to solve because in this area most of our native trees are oaks and most oaks (depending on variety) don't tolerate construction in their immediate area very well
having grading in their areas, driving/parking/using large machines, adding more concrete for streets and driveways usually means that even trees that are let alone on houses' lots often die within year or two of construction--creating a burden/danger for homeowners

so while I really hate to see trees cut down for development--trying to save native trees in housing development is really a problem that has no easy answer
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:20 AM
 
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I need to plant trees in my backyard and am seriously considering a mix of slow growing and fast growing knowing that the life span of the fast grower is 15 yrs or so. Hopefully long enough that the oaks will be much bigger by then and will still provide plenty of shade.
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Old 04-23-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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I need to plant trees in my backyard and am seriously considering a mix of slow growing and fast growing knowing that the life span of the fast grower is 15 yrs or so. Hopefully long enough that the oaks will be much bigger by then and will still provide plenty of shade.
Just DON'T plant any Cottonwood trees. These things grow fast, but they also literally fall apart when they get too big. Plus, they send out "fluff" pollen in the springtime that wreaks havoc with allergies and gets caught in window and a/c screens, etc. They are really horrible trees!
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Old 04-23-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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Cottonwood trees are sent by the Devil.
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth Area, Texas
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Cottonwood trees are sent by the Devil.
Ill be sure to remember that when we get out there. No Cottonwood trees.
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