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The ~60 year old mulberry tree in my back yard has developed two large
dead limbs. It's clear the tree will have to come out eventually, but
it still yields useful shade, so I'd like to keep it as long as possible.

Simply cutting off the limbs will badly unbalance the tree and so long
as they're not rotten they'll still provide support to the branches
cabled together. Tapping on the buttress roots and the trunks suggests
the is mostly solid, with a decayed core.

Are there any accepted tests for stability (pulling on lines to the
crown, or pushing on jacks applied to the trunk, for example) that
can be used to gauge the stability of the tree as a whole? Obviously,
if a tug on the crown tips the base of the trunk, it has to come out
now. If a pull or push on the upper part of the tree doesn't disturb
the root crown there's some hope of another year or two of shade.

A set of photos is at
http://www.zefox.net/~bp/mulberry/
The images can be laid out something like

westlimb eastlimb
crown
trunks
base
to get an overall view if you're curious.

I had the cables installed in 2009 and the tree grew vigorously until
the middle of this summer. Even now, the surviving limbs are well-leafed
and seem healthy, thus my desire to save what I can as long as I can.

Thanks for reading

bob prohaska


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On 28/08/18 00:38, bob prohaska wrote:
The ~60 year old mulberry tree in my back yard has developed two large
dead limbs. It's clear the tree will have to come out eventually, but
it still yields useful shade, so I'd like to keep it as long as possible.

Simply cutting off the limbs will badly unbalance the tree and so long
as they're not rotten they'll still provide support to the branches
cabled together. Tapping on the buttress roots and the trunks suggests
the is mostly solid, with a decayed core.

Are there any accepted tests for stability (pulling on lines to the
crown, or pushing on jacks applied to the trunk, for example) that
can be used to gauge the stability of the tree as a whole? Obviously,
if a tug on the crown tips the base of the trunk, it has to come out
now. If a pull or push on the upper part of the tree doesn't disturb
the root crown there's some hope of another year or two of shade.

A set of photos is at
http://www.zefox.net/~bp/mulberry/
The images can be laid out something like

westlimb eastlimb
crown
trunks
base
to get an overall view if you're curious.

I had the cables installed in 2009 and the tree grew vigorously until
the middle of this summer. Even now, the surviving limbs are well-leafed
and seem healthy, thus my desire to save what I can as long as I can.

Thanks for reading

bob prohaska


Are those power cables the east limb overhangs? And do any of the
affected branches overhang the building shown in mulberry_base? If so,
what damage would be done if the limbs broke and fell?

Have you considered replacing (or at least planting nearby) with
eucalyptus? They are very fast growing and will give decent shade all
year round if you want it as they are evergreen.

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Jeff Layman wrote:
On 28/08/18 00:38, bob prohaska wrote:
The ~60 year old mulberry tree in my back yard has developed two large
dead limbs. It's clear the tree will have to come out eventually, but
it still yields useful shade, so I'd like to keep it as long as possible.

Simply cutting off the limbs will badly unbalance the tree and so long
as they're not rotten they'll still provide support to the branches
cabled together. Tapping on the buttress roots and the trunks suggests
the trunk is mostly solid, with a decayed core.

Are there any accepted tests for stability (pulling on lines to the
crown, or pushing on jacks applied to the trunk, for example) that
can be used to gauge the stability of the tree as a whole? Obviously,
if a tug on the crown tips the base of the trunk, it has to come out
now. If a pull or push on the upper part of the tree doesn't disturb
the root crown there's some hope of another year or two of shade.

A set of photos is at
http://www.zefox.net/~bp/mulberry/
The images can be laid out something like

westlimb eastlimb
crown
trunks
base
to get an overall view if you're curious.

I had the cables installed in 2009 and the tree grew vigorously until
the middle of this summer. Even now, the surviving limbs are well-leafed
and seem healthy, thus my desire to save what I can as long as I can.

Thanks for reading

bob prohaska


Are those power cables the east limb overhangs? And do any of the


Yes, but they're only 240 volt feeding only my house.

affected branches overhang the building shown in mulberry_base? If so,
what damage would be done if the limbs broke and fell?


With the present cabling no limbs can reach the house. If the affected
limbs are removed entirely that'll remove the protective cabling. Cutting
the limbs off above the cables might be an option, if they're still sound.
Thus my question about gauging the soundness of the tree's structure.

Have you considered replacing (or at least planting nearby) with
eucalyptus? They are very fast growing and will give decent shade all
year round if you want it as they are evergreen.


Eucalyptus is out of favor in this area (southern Sacramento Valley),
and I'd prefer deciduous trees for shade in summer and sun in winter.

Successor trees are already growing, started about ten years ago. Once
the mulberry is out I'll just have to wait for the replacements to grow.
It'll be about ten years before they reach useful size, given normal rain.
Any extension in the useful life of the mulberry would be helpful, but
I know it has to go away before I do 8-)


Thanks for reading,

bob prohaska



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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.

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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.


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I had dealings with power company in CA on trees. They don't care if
the wire is threatened. If you mention the pole might get ripped out or
it might fall, they will be there to protect the pole.

Poles are property. They are listed in their books. Wire is expendable
and you are paying for the wires. If you think not, add service to
somewhere
and you will pay wire charge up-front and with higher rates. ugh.

If the pole is there and if the tree or large hundreds of pounds of limb
are to come down on the wire, it might yank hard on the pole and
endanger it...

Good luck.

Mulberry is a somewhat long lasting tree (many sub-species) but when it
starts,
it goes. It is a fast growing tree, meaning soft/light strength limbs.

Martin

On 8/28/2018 5:18 PM, Frank wrote:
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.



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