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Question DetailsAsked on 1/27/2018

I have a siliver maple about 45 yrs old 4.5 ft in dia at base. Is ther any one who would be interested in the wood.

It is dying and needs to come out..

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You can find a LOT of previous questions with answers on this in the Lawn & Garden > Tree Service link, under Browse Projects, at lower left. Pay attention to the warnings about liability if you have anyone but a professional tree service do this, especially if the felling could impact cars or boat, neighboring property, fences, utilities, buildings, plantings, etc because you could bring a lot of liability for damage (or worker or neighbor/passerby injury) on yourself if the person doing it is not properly insured.

If you do decide to let someone come in and cut it up to haul away, at least if it is within damge range of anything, have a professional tree service do the felling at a minimum - though that does not eliminate the liability risk if a worker or somebody you found on Craigslist gets hurt on your prooperty while cutting it up and hauling it off.

Pay attention to the answers addressing the extent of branch and twig and stump cleanup/removal you need, whether burning of debris is going to be allowed, and how much ground damage (lawn, drive, etc) you want to risk.

I have an image burned in my mind of a neighbor who had a firewood company come out to cut down and remove a very very large probably couple of hundred year old oak from their yard. after the neighbor got mad at him the guy walked off the job on them right after the tree was felled. Leaving not only a massive tree lying in their yard but for some reason the neighbor got upset because his two vehicles and one of his neighbor's and half his crushed-to-matchwood house were underneath the tree - with power lines sparking on the ground and a natural gas leak from the crushed meter putting up a nice marshmallow roasting flame and setting the house on fire. Never could figure out why he was upset - maybe it was because his homeowner's insurance company (firewood vendor was uninsured as well as turned out to be an illegal alien so he was gone like a flash) refused to cover the damage because of his own negligence in getting an unlicensed, uninsured contractor in to do it. That sort of thing happens all too often even with tree service companies - no reason to increase the risk level intentionally.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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