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Old 06-18-2007, 06:06 PM
 
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Different places are going to have different laws. The city of Atlanta for instance used to have a law that said you could not cut down any healthy trees for any reason. They were trying to change the law to say you could cut down one tree per year. The city of Marietta doesn't have any law against cutting down trees on residential property. Its going to depend on where you are buying.
Thank you for your reply --very helpful! Have to investigate on Conyers.
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:42 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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If its between safety and beauty, I'll chose beauty hands down every day!
Well I have to disagree with that - my safety and the safety of others and pets in my home is much more important than a nice view, even though those nice views do sell homes better.

That being said, it's just the bad planning of developers that put many homes in trouble here as others have pointed out. Those ads for "heavily wooded lots" should read "$$$ to cut down trees that will fall on your home".

We had three large Sweetgum trees in the front yard that had to come down as they are notorious for falling in bad storms and these were already losing branches every time a bad one came through. Other neighbors have cut down numerous Pine trees throughout the neighborhood except for the smaller ones which don't pose a "will destroy your house" threat if they fall. I can make my yard look just as nice with some well placed Dogwoods, Pear Trees, and ornamental shrubs and grasses as it would look overgrown with Pines.

Some hints, though.. if you are planting a new tree: They sell plastic root extenders that are basically boxes with no tops or bottoms, just sides. Dig your hole for the tree, insert this "box", then plant the root ball of the tree in the middle of it. The sides of this box force the tree to extend its roots deeper than it would have on its own, and as the tree grows up and older, it will be a more stable an stronger tree. (or create your own if you can't find these things). Even if you sell your home years later, it should make you feel better that you can let your buyers know you went through that trouble and the trees in their yard will stand up better in high winds than their neighbors will.

No house can stand up to a Pine coming through it, so if you buy here and the house is literally surrounded by them, you might want to get an Arborist out to check them out to see if any are weak or might pose a danger. NOT a tree company (they'll just want your $$) but an actual Arborist who's trained to spot this. As xxxman said, some cities like Atlanta had restrictions but they're loosening up on rules like that.
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:00 AM
 
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Well I have to disagree with that - my safety and the safety of others and pets in my home is much more important than a nice view, even though those nice views do sell homes better.

That being said, it's just the bad planning of developers that put many homes in trouble here as others have pointed out. Those ads for "heavily wooded lots" should read "$$$ to cut down trees that will fall on your home".

We had three large Sweetgum trees in the front yard that had to come down as they are notorious for falling in bad storms and these were already losing branches every time a bad one came through. Other neighbors have cut down numerous Pine trees throughout the neighborhood except for the smaller ones which don't pose a "will destroy your house" threat if they fall. I can make my yard look just as nice with some well placed Dogwoods, Pear Trees, and ornamental shrubs and grasses as it would look overgrown with Pines.

Some hints, though.. if you are planting a new tree: They sell plastic root extenders that are basically boxes with no tops or bottoms, just sides. Dig your hole for the tree, insert this "box", then plant the root ball of the tree in the middle of it. The sides of this box force the tree to extend its roots deeper than it would have on its own, and as the tree grows up and older, it will be a more stable an stronger tree. (or create your own if you can't find these things). Even if you sell your home years later, it should make you feel better that you can let your buyers know you went through that trouble and the trees in their yard will stand up better in high winds than their neighbors will.

No house can stand up to a Pine coming through it, so if you buy here and the house is literally surrounded by them, you might want to get an Arborist out to check them out to see if any are weak or might pose a danger. NOT a tree company (they'll just want your $$) but an actual Arborist who's trained to spot this. As xxxman said, some cities like Atlanta had restrictions but they're loosening up on rules like that.
Well, well, well -- well said, expressed, explained and very informative! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I know there are others in Georgia appreciate this information.
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:09 PM
 
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You may have to check with your homeowners association. We need to ask permission to cut down any trees in our subdivision. I don't think they will say no if it is for safety reason, but you may want to talk to them to get some feedback.
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Old 06-19-2007, 06:51 PM
 
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You may have to check with your homeowners association. We need to ask permission to cut down any trees in our subdivision. I don't think they will say no if it is for safety reason, but you may want to talk to them to get some feedback.
Thank you so much! I know my cousin said she got in trouble because her neighbor reported her for cutting down trees in the backyard of her property when she first moved in. She said it was quite a few that she had cut down. She lives in Lithonia. There may be more "painting to the picture" than I know.
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