Tree Leaning: Need Advice

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by zechstoker, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    A customer of mine just asked me about this tree she has in the backyard, and wanted to know what we can do to save it from completely falling over. My idea was to maybe prop it up with a post from the left side by the house, and anchor it to the fence on the right side with a rope or wire. Would this work? What would be the most ideal way to fixing this? I told her I'd look into different options before giving her a price for this little job she wants done. Any suggestions/advice? Please and thank you!

  2. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Cut it down and replace. It will take a few years to straighten it out
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,253

    Why is it leaning?
  4. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    I was looking at it, and wondering that myself. I didn't notice while I was there, but in the pic, it looks like there's a crack at the bottom of the trunk. Could just be glare from the sun, but I'm not sure. I'll have to take a 2nd look in person to confirm.
  5. elbow300

    elbow300 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    It looks like the tree is poorly placed anyway. Its way too big for the amount of space available now, and its still fairly young. She is going to have to constantly prune to keep it off the house.
  6. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,253

    Take a saw to it and then try something suited for the area.
  7. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    It's definitely poorly placed, and there's a 2nd one of these that's smack up against the fence too about 15 feet away :hammerhead:. Whoever planted these needs their head examined.
  8. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    Cut down and replace. That seems a little far gone. You can see in the pick, the very bottom of the trunk is curved pretty good
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,574

    Simply drive a steel post close to fence and tie tree to it. Then even out the load on the tree by thining. It will be fine.
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Simply cut the crown down to half its current size and prune the side branches drastically as well... Its only too large if it isn't properly pruned... she has a tree that has outgrown the shade, between the house and the wooden fence... throwing it away becuz you don't feel like pruning is simply a waste...
    What would you plant in a shady narrow spot like that , that doesn't need pruning???
    We are in the habit of pruning lots of things on a regular basis because we don't have any perfect plants... :)

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