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From a place where not many trees are left, this mighty oak Quercus ilex dated 800 years had 1/3 of canopy down with rain and wind, got called for it  and recommended a crown reduction to what was left.

Tree is a picnic spot with bbqs, all the standing mass is facing the sidewalk and road.

The tear is about 1mx0,8m.

Would you take this course of action?

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It looks like it already has a huge decay pocket, with that size opening its going to get worse. I've a feeling that to make it safe by reduction you need to take so much that it might turn up it's toes and die.

What about propping the remaining big laterals with A frames?

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Lot of ground compaction around the root area. Might be worth suggesting they move lunch area right away and do some decompaction / airspading and soil management for such an old boy, definately worth keeping.  K

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They do " fluff up " again quite readily I have found  . Almost Willow like in that respect .

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1 minute ago, naturarbo said:

@Dan Maynard the upper branches are not possible to frame, they will not go for bracing either

Staged reduction with soil managenent, if they are keen on retention for bit longer term   but as the wise one says ' it' ll fluff up '  K

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In situations like this the first course of action I would take once the area is safe, would be to get a Picuss test with relevant report recommendations. I would do this both for the good of the tree, insurance purposes now and in the future and general public safety reasons.

 

Tree owners wanting to keep a tree doesn't mean its the right thing to do!

 

 

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so I think I am a tree man cause there was lots of joy in the end from not killing it, more pleasure then any huge tree being rigged with complex techniques.
A few centuries more of standing, more pics will come when desert sands finish and sunlight returns.

 

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