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Old 28-08-2018, 11:18 PM posted to rec.gardens
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Default Gauging the strength of an old tree

On 8/28/2018 4:51 PM, David E. Ross wrote:
On 8/27/2018 4:38 PM, bob prohaska wrote:
Tapping on the buttress roots and the trunks suggests
the is mostly solid, with a decayed core.

A decayed core means your tree is already seriously compromised. I
would have it removed immediately.

I would remove it too. Since it threatens the power lines the power
company may do it gratis. Just happened to a friend but power company
would not remove it until it fell since it would be cheaper. It was in
his next door neighbors yard and hit by lightening knocked part but did
not cause outage. It damaged my friends fence. The power company
removed all of the tree and fixed the fence.

Also sometimes an insurance company will have it removed if it might
cause more damage than it costs them to remove it.