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  1. #41421
    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    I live in a very shady neighborhood, with a tree canopy such that you almost can't see my house (or my neighbors') from google satellite view. I also can't back away far enough from any one to see the top.

    I have a few modest oaks and some ginormous tulip poplars (the dominant tree hereabouts). The largest three have 10'+ girths (at 4 1/2'). These on 1/7 of an acre.

    -jk
    I'm single-handedly trying to rebuild the canopy in my neighborhood. Well, at least on my lot. It is a long process.

  2. #41422
    Quote Originally Posted by Bostondevil View Post
    We have an extremely tall tree right next to our house. We have had it looked at to make sure it isn't damaging the foundation and to make sure it is in no danger of toppling over. Luckily, the answer to both questions is positive for us, no damage and no danger. I am not good at estimating heights but it is taller than the tower of our house (I live in a Victorian), so, I'm guessing at least 50 and probably more like 70 ft tall. PM me if you want to have a look at it on google maps (I'm not posting my address here.) We asked one tree expert how much it would cost to take it down. They told us minimum 10k and that was several years ago, probably twice that now. We did not have the 10k at the time. We have decided it's a problem for the next owners to tackle because for now, it's a beautiful healthy hemlock - that is still way too close to our house.
    We are on a limestone shelf here in the Texas Hill country. I think part of that terrain is limited soil for the trees and not a whole lot of water available easily which limits the heights of the trees. The Monterrey Oak will likely be the tallest at between 45-50 feet. I would love a 70 ft tall tree. I know in Ohio some of the trees get to 90+ feet.

  3. #41423
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC area
    Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    I'm single-handedly trying to rebuild the canopy in my neighborhood. Well, at least on my lot. It is a long process.
    A worthy goal! And, yes, a long process. Our town (below) got started 50 or 60 years ago. My house is hiding in the northern third.

    canopy.jpg

    -jk

  4. #41424
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Boston area, OK, Newton, right by Heartbreak Hill
    Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    We are on a limestone shelf here in the Texas Hill country. I think part of that terrain is limited soil for the trees and not a whole lot of water available easily which limits the heights of the trees. The Monterrey Oak will likely be the tallest at between 45-50 feet. I would love a 70 ft tall tree. I know in Ohio some of the trees get to 90+ feet.
    You would not want it in the same location relative to your house. The main reason it would cost so very much to bring it down is because it is right next to the house, and when I say right next to the house, I mean my sons could have spent their teenage years sneaking out of the house by going out onto the porch roof through my office window then shimmying down the trunk of the tree without having to climb onto one of the branches first. The raccoons use it as their elevator to our porch roof all the time.

  5. #41425
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    The Program is on. Duke, Duke...

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  7. #41427
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Central New York state
    Seconded

  8. #41428
    Yes. Thanks for sharing Ymo.

  9. #41429
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    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Quote Originally Posted by BlueTeuf View Post
    Perhaps I could find them in a brick and mortar place?
    I would think many garden centers would stock them...

  10. #41430
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    We are on a limestone shelf here in the Texas Hill country. I think part of that terrain is limited soil for the trees and not a whole lot of water available easily which limits the heights of the trees. The Monterrey Oak will likely be the tallest at between 45-50 feet. I would love a 70 ft tall tree. I know in Ohio some of the trees get to 90+ feet.
    I remember years ago when my pal The Boy Billionaire from Ft. Worth told me about having to pay $10,000 to install some sizeable trees in the Dallas area...

  11. #41431
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    A guy invests $33 in a coffee maker eight years ago and it craps out already? What th'?

  12. #41432
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    A guy invests $33 in a coffee maker eight years ago and it craps out already? What th'?
    This gentleman received seven and a half years more out of this device than the price would have indicated.

  13. #41433
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    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    I used to live in apartments just across 50 from Arlington Cemetery and walked through on a fairly regular basis. Never failed to hit you with a sense of solemnity.

  14. #41434
    Quote Originally Posted by -jk View Post
    OK. I didn't record the whole thing, but here's part of it, as recorded from my balcony:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/jfy1qmefbw78pv2/Tree.mov?dl=0

    -jk
    Fascinating! Getting the tree roped up must have been quite the process.

  15. #41435
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    I used to live in apartments just across 50 from Arlington Cemetery and walked through on a fairly regular basis. Never failed to hit you with a sense of solemnity.
    Agreed. And it should be noted that this is on the land of the Robert E Lee family. And justifiably so.

  16. #41436
    Quote Originally Posted by YmoBeThere View Post
    This image always brings tears to my eyes. It represents the meaning of Memorial Day.

  17. #41437
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outside Philly
    Finally a nice day here. Taking the family for a walk.

  18. #41438
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Finally a nice day here. Taking the family for a walk.
    Watch your head!

  19. #41439
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Vermont
    soaking wet after a long dog walk, but big meat looms.

  20. #41440
    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    soaking wet after a long dog walk, but big meat looms.
    I like the sound of this! I am manning the grill at a party my wife's bestie is throwing.

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