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    Tree Removal Conundrum

    Hey everyone,

    So I've been away from this site for some time, life has been busy with work and other unexpected life events. We moved to a house just outside of Cary, and we're going to put up a new workshop / shed at the end of our driveway, I've got the perfect spot for it picked out and is ready to go.
    My conundrum is with a couple of trees that are very close to the site. There's a Maple that's about 30ft tall, that has a definite lean to it, so I've decided to take it down now while it's easy to get at (before the workshop is in the way). However, there's a Cherry tree that's right in front of this Maple (their trunks are touching). The Cherry is perfectly straight, and at least 35ft in height, with a 10.5inch diameter trunk (measured about 3ft from the ground), so is tall & skinny.

    I'm conflicted on the idea of taking the Cherry down as well. It's a Cherry, it's straight and strong. But it's right in front / beside the Maple, and will be about 3-4ft behind the workshop when it gets built. Since I'm not finding any other Cherry's on my lot right now, I'm not liking the idea of taking it down, but not sure what the removal of the Maple will do to it.

    Any suggestions or thoughts on this?

    I'm keeping the trunk and large branches of the Maple, and if I take the Cherry down, I'm definitely keeping that trunk.

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    Let nature decide. Be as carful as you can with the maple, if the cherry goes, blame nature.
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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    When you remove the maple, the cherry is going to thrive (less competition). So think about 10 years from now. Will that large cherry be a problem for the shop? If so, cut it now.
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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    Not sure about the Piedmont area but here in Coastal Carolina the carpenter ants love cherry trees. They seem to prefer trees that are in the size range you describe. Might only be a CC area problem.
    ďA society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in".

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    Fortunately I haven't seen any signs of carpenter ants on this one. I did find some on a much smaller, dead Cherry in my front yard, but it looked like they moved in after it died.
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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    Both the cherry and maple should go now and save what you wish. A 10.5" d is nice but to get a little bit of usable sawn lumber from it today is a non-starter. It won't grow fast, even if healthy and thriving.

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    I'd take them both out, too close for my comfort to the new shop.
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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    Mike
    I'm a tree-lover as well and will usually protect a tree if possible. But whenever I have faced a similar situation with building a new storage building (or shop) and I actually take the tree down, I am always glad I did. It just seems to remove unnecessary restrictions on the planned building, access to the building, potential expansion of the building, etc. Taking it down now will be easier and simpler too.
    Just tell yourself that the main job is getting a shop built with as few complications as possible.
    Good luck with your decision.

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    I can already visualize a shed addition where the trees are now...just sayin'.

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    I would take them both out now before the shop goes in. It's easier and cheaper right now than later on. Good luck with the new shop build.

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    Just a few questions I would be thinking about:

    If left standing, will the root system eventually impact/damage the foundation?
    Will falling limbs damage the building?
    Do I like cleaning gutters full of cherry leaves? [assuming you get gutters]
    If shingle roofing, Will the leaves collect on top and cause roofing issues?

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    I would cut them down and plant two new trees in a better location

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil S View Post
    I would cut them down and plant two new trees in a better location
    Ditto' Phil's wise advice.

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    Re: Tree Removal Conundrum

    I walked the rest of my lot and did a quick check of the other trees I've got. Turns out I've got about 4-5 more cherry trees on my lot, so I'm going to just take both of these down. I'm not going to worry about planting 2 new trees (although I do like that idea), because I've got so many more volunteers popping up in my wooded area, there's no need.

    Thanks for the suggestions and advice everyone!
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