Inexpensive Tree Removal

A friend has dire need of having a catalpa tree taken down. It is huge. His budget is very very tight. Has anyone found a cheap, free, creative way to handle such a dilemma? It would involve wires (electric and phone). However it is a healthy tree so it would not be considered as a danger that needed to be removed by the utility companies.

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August 9, 20180 found this helpful

You could put an ad in Craigslist or Freecycle offering the lumber in exchange for the removal of the tree

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August 9, 20180 found this helpful

Tree removal is tricky when wires are involved. I would ask the local utilities that would be impacted what they recommend.

Something else to think about if the tree is half on a public right way and your yard and the utilities are on public land you may need to talk to your boro or local government to see what they recommend.

I live in a tree city community and we have a million rules about tree removal so unless it is 100% on your property, you need to follow their rules. In our case it was in our favor as the borough's paid 1/2 of the removal because the roots were damaging public right of way land.

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August 10, 20180 found this helpful

where i live (more rural) people do that by themselves with chainsaws. They cut off the branches first then cut off the rest of the trunk in parts.

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I'm with Judy here, ask freecycle/craigsist see what comes up as this is dangerous work

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