I have this tree near my house and don't know what kind it is.. I am
getting concerned that it's too close to the foundation of the
house... Any help would be appreciated...
It is planted too close to the house. Tree really require at least 10 feet
from houses and like structures.
Just my thoughts.
John A. Keslick, Jr.
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Awesome input... I greatly appreciate it.. I have never attempted to
move a tree before.. The trunk is larger than my hand can fit
around.. How would I go about moving it.. I mean... like how far
should I dig out around it, I guess how much roots should I get??
Should I trim it down some before attempting to move it?
Looking at the specs of a mature width of 15 feet... this would be a
real problem with the house where it's at... I was thinking about
chopping it down, but I'd love to move it.. it really is a nice
looking tree.. I'm just wondering if i'd be able to successfully move
it without killing it.. I'll have to get the utilities marked because
I know my gas and water lines run around there... that's the other
thing, it might be easier to cut it down as low as I can, I'm assuming
that would kill it... Thanks Again.
There are machines that can easily scoop that tree out with root ball
intact but it's a big job to dig out that tree by hand, you will
definitely need a few strong backs... and it's in a difficult spot so
close to the walk. But if you have people to help you can give it a
shot. First prepare a place where you will replant it. To remove the
tree you will need to dig a trench all around the tree beginning at as
wide a diameter as the tree crown or as wide as possible... the root
ball will be heavy, you will need help to lift it onto a wagon so you
can transport it to its new location.
Flowering pear is not a very expensive tree but still it would be a
shame to kill it. If you don't feel you can move it then you can
probably leave it there... it looks to me that it's been kept well
pruned over the years... with diligent pruning you should be able to
maintain its present size. And before doing anything check at a local
nursery to determine exactly what kind of tree you have, I'm only
guessing it's a standard flowering pear... it could also be some other
kind of tree, perhaps crabapple, maybe some dwarf/semi-dwarf variety.
Yeah, I might call to get a quote from a local company to see what the
cost would be to have them come out with a machine... I really need to
get my utilities marked before I seriously consider moving it.. Yeah,
I hate to destroy my grass, etc.. but it is a really pretty tree..
Yeah, I agree it would be a shame to kill.. Yeah, I usually prune it
times a year, mainly to keep it off of the house, out of the gutters,
didn't know if I kept pruning it to prevent it from growing if this
the tree... glad to hear it probably won't.. Yeah, I really am
thinking it either
a crabapple or a flowering pear.. See, I thought for a while it was a
pear, but the Chanticleer pictures look more like it with the red,
etc... it does
flower white like a bradford, but not at the same time as my
Thanks again for more input... It's appreciated..
it's just one tree. I don't know your location but regardless it'll probably be
darn close to $700 to move that tree somewhere else on your property, and since
they didn't sell you that tree there'll likely be no guarantee. If you have
people to help you can move it yourself but figure on a full day of hard labor.
And th eother thing is that with a tree that size it will be at least three
years, probably four before that tree recovers from transplant shock, so
there'll be no growth except for the roots.
That tree looks to me to be about fifteen years old, probably more
than ten years in that spot, so for most of those ten yers someone has
been pruning it to fit that space, no reason you can't continue... the
tree just won't reach it's full potential, but perhaps that's not a
Let us know what you decide.
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