Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Central Washington State
Yard Trees, are they worth the effort?
A neighbor of mine has two large trees in her yard that she wants removed. The largest is a mulberry, a wood that I know nothing about other than I heard its good for turning. It is about 3-1/2' in diameter at the base and only goes up about 6 or 7 feet before forking into two large branches about 2 feet in diameter. There is a big gash on the trunk and there is some visible rot. My gut feeling is that this tree may be more trouble to take down and mill that the lumber is worth. Its between the house and a shed and would have to be taken down in pieces.
The second tree is a black walnut. the main trunk is about 2' in diameter and about 9' to the first fork. It looks to be a pretty healthy tree and I think it would yield some nice lumber or slabs and would be much easier to deal with. It's about 30 feet from the house and is weighted away from the house towards an open field and looks to me like you could drop it there fairly easily. I told her I might be interested in removing all but the stump in trade for the wood but that I have to think about it and get back to her.
What do you think? I've done this sort of thing before. I've felled a fair amount of trees, mostly when I was younger. I know it's hard work.
A few years ago I found a fellow with some nice walnut logs. I made a deal with him that I would hire a portable mill to come in and cut them into lumber and he would keep half the lumber. I ended up with about 1000 bd ft of very nice black walnut for about $1000. I wasa very pleased with the scenario.
Looking for some feedback, Bret