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Safe to remove tree?


I purchased my house 2 years ago at which point there was a baron thin tree at the front of the house. I cut the tree to a stump but did not kill and since it has grown very quickly. I now want to remove the tree but have concerns of potential damage to the house longer term from root shrinkage etc. The tree is not large at the base but appreciate the surface area of the roots could be much greater. Money is tight and ideally want to avoid surveying fees etc. My knowledge is limited on this subject so any experience or advice is appreciated. 


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,562
    Welcome to the forum.
    It's ash, and it'll get to be huge. I'd remove it asap.
    I'd cut it to about 6ft and dig round the base. Using the top growth to lever it back and forward you should be able to get it out without too much trouble.
  • Thank you. Should I be worried about any structural issues with the house once removed, given how close is it. I understand it has been there for many years but constantly cut short. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,262
    Most new houses are built on concrete slabs, so it should not be a problem.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    It's also really only a baby as far as Ash trees go so I wouldn't worry about root shrinkage etc. after it has been removed.  It does need to come out though.  I had a 70ft tall one come down in an autumn storm and it took 2 greenhouses with it, as well as part of a conservatory, some tiles from the roof and numerous fence panels.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Great thanks. I am hoping to replant a tree in the centre of the garden. Ideally one that will not grow over say 10/12 ft that will assist with privacy but is also pleasing to the eye as will be at front of house and be looked out on from downstairs. Any recommendations? Cheers
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