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Old 05-07-2015, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I have a tree that needs to be trimmed. I honestly don't know what it is... it starts out with green leaves in April, then gets fragrant white flowers (about done blooming now) and then in May, turns a dark purple color for the rest of the summer. No fruit.

Anyway, it's too close to the house. The builder put it there 10 years ago, and now I can't reach the top with my long pole trimmer. I'd say the trunk is 6-8" in diameter. It just looks like a mess now, and will be scraping the house after May growth comes out. So I'm getting an estimate tomorrow from a tree trimmer. I think it would require a cherry picker to get up and chop some off the top. I'd like it cut back, somewhat shorter, and shaped. He said over the phone maybe $150 - $200. Is that reasonable?
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:11 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Sounds like a bargain, esp with the cherry picker.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:45 AM
 
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Price sounds good but if it's that close to the house why are you leaving it there? It's only going to get bigger each year and pruning it encourages growth. It's not going to get any further from the house as it grows. Long run you're better off replacing it with something planted a minimum of 15' from the house if not further depending on he mature size.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:52 AM
 
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I have a tree that needs to be trimmed. I honestly don't know what it is... it starts out with green leaves in April, then gets fragrant white flowers (about done blooming now) and then in May, turns a dark purple color for the rest of the summer. No fruit.

Anyway, it's too close to the house. The builder put it there 10 years ago, and now I can't reach the top with my long pole trimmer. I'd say the trunk is 6-8" in diameter. It just looks like a mess now, and will be scraping the house after May growth comes out. So I'm getting an estimate tomorrow from a tree trimmer. I think it would require a cherry picker to get up and chop some off the top. I'd like it cut back, somewhat shorter, and shaped. He said over the phone maybe $150 - $200. Is that reasonable?
Costs us $1000 out here. Tree trimming is very expensive here, for some reason.

I don't know what tree you have, a purple plum?
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Old 05-08-2015, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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denverian,
It's too close to the house.
Then cut it down. Plant a shrub that won't destroy your house in a wind storm.
Seriously, you are talking major damage with a tree too close to the house.
Good luck with that.
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Old 05-08-2015, 01:45 PM
 
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The standard rate in Texas for someone that knows "how" to trim trees correctly and protect them, runs between $175 to $250 per tree, that's with a guarantee that they wont develop any diseases from their work.

Its always best to find someone that's an certified arborist.
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Old 05-08-2015, 05:50 PM
 
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Have it cut down and stump ground.

It will always be too close to the house.....and roots can become VERY problematic!
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Yeah, it could just be removed. But it's not a tree I've ever seen be really huge. I think a good trimming will be ok for now.

The guy quoted $150.... but has never shown up. We had a half foot of snow last weekend in Denver on completely leafed out trees, so there was a lot of damage all over the place, lots of huge limbs and trees down. So I'm guessing it'll take at least a month to get anyone out to do this. I may have to figure out my own solution.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:38 AM
 
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Cut it down. The trimming will be the least of your worries. The roots can damage the foundation and sewer lines too. Definitely need to remove the tree IMO.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Cut it down. The trimming will be the least of your worries. The roots can damage the foundation and sewer lines too. Definitely need to remove the tree IMO.
I wouldn't be able to get anyone to cut it down for months, considering all the work going on in metro Denver to clean up all the damage from the freak snow the other day.
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