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  • How to annoy your neighbors while growing figs.

    The figs marching across my property seem to be an unstoppable force. Recently 7 5 year peach trees fell victim to the onslaught but there was one mighty tree that prevented the figs dominating yet another section of my yard. I will say I hate that tree, it is a big tall hickory tree and all it does is draw the bushy tailed tree rats. Granted the nuts are good for smoker fuel but other than that I hate the tree. The problem is this particular tree leans and it is pretty darn big and tall, tall enough if felled in the wrong direction would take out a few valuable figs as well as my fence and the power lines across the road. Don't mind cutting trees one bit but I do not like when they lean in a direction I don't want them to fall. I mentioned the tree to a friend that shall remain nameless in GA, Ray City Ga to be exact. Builds greenhouses, skinny fellow, loves citrus..........so I mention the tree to him and he says he will come take it down if he can have the logs for his sawmill. DEAL. He asks when does it need to be down by? Tell him March 1, this was back in November. So February comes and goes and March 1 comes yet the tree is still standing. He is just too busy keeping up with the Kardashians I guess. Neighbor looks at it and says we can take it down. Ok. So the tree leans to the south, it has to fall to the north, or NW or NE I don't really care just not south.

    The big day arrives, Thursday but the wind is howling out of the North so we postpone it till Saturday with a forecast South wind. Saturday comes and I should have listened to the omens, the chainsaw I had just used to cut down the peach trees two days before was fine. Saturday morning second pump on the priming ball my finger went right through it. Neighbor says no problem he will get his saw but the chain is stretched out beyond tightening. Should have stopped there but instead I run to the dealer and grab him a new chain and a new priming bulb for my saw. Both saws are now fixed and ready. Notch the tree to the north and the plan is to then make a shallow back cut and wedge it and cut then pound the wedges until we convince it to fall north. It was a good plan except the tree refused to wedge, 4 wedges and it still refused so kept cutting and pounding and cutting. Finally the tree has had enough and starts to fall......to the west, not ideal as it will land in the neighbors woods but he is ok with that. As the tree starts to fall though it starts turning a bit to the WSW. Just to the WSW of the hickory is a VERY large oak tree, about 5 feet across at the base. Now for some that have never visited the south I have to explain as some of the oaks here like to grow up about 20 feet and then for a reason known only to them the trunk then starts growing horizontal to the ground. I will include a picture of one that is right in front of my home just as an example of how they grow. Click image for larger version  Name:	tree1.jpg Views:	2 Size:	604.0 KB ID:	151147






    So as the hickory starts to fall it just misses the trunk of the oak and lands against the horizontal part of the tree. The hickory is about 30" acoss at the base, the horizontal trunk it lands on is in fact bigger than the hickory. The hickory tree though has leverage and in slow motion that big old oak horizontal trunk starts to turn as the hickory pushes on it. The trunk turned a full 40 degrees I would guess and would have continued to turn but there was a large pine tree in the way and the oak horizontal trunk is now shoved up against the pine so can go no further. Turn the saw off and think what the heck do we do now? Directly below the limbs of the now severely twisted oak is my electric service pole and transformer, from there it runs down the pole and the service line to the house is buried. The tree is not touching the service wires or transformer at all, not even close. As we contemplate we hear a series of small pops that turn in to larger pops and ominous cracking noises coming from the oak. The oak that has to be under who knows how much twisting force starts to crack, bark is popping off the tree like popcorn from the ground up to where it turns horizontal. Then the inevitable happens, that 5 foot thick oak sheers itself right in half and down comes the horizontal trunk and the limbs smash in to the transformer. There is a nice boom and a pretty blue flash The entire neighborhood is now without power.

    Took the electric company about 4 hours to get a new transformer put up on the pole and the electric restored and the cable company then could do its part and restore my and the neighbors cable service. On the plus side I did NOT hit the main electric lines though the results were the same. Going to guess I am not the most popular guy in the neighborhood currently.

    So now I have TWO trees to clean up and not in January when it is nice and cool, no, now it is 90 degrees. So I tell my GA friend what happened and he says "I still get the logs right"?

    Here is a picture of the sheared in half oak that is about 5 feet thick at the base. Click image for larger version  Name:	tree2.jpg Views:	2 Size:	160.7 KB ID:	151148





    And the pine tree that stopped the turn and the pole with a nice new I'm sure expensive transformer. You can see the scar on the pine where the oak horizontal trunk slammed in to it. If it had not been for the pine I am sure the oak would have twisted past the pole before failing. Click image for larger version  Name:	tree3.jpg Views:	2 Size:	140.4 KB ID:	151149





    Somewhere under that mess is also a few fig trees
    Cutting sales will start Tuesday Nov 1 at 9:00 eastern

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    "I still get dem logs right?" haha. Way to make your neighbors love you even more. I'm worried about the Mia figs under that pile, what you got under there?
    2022: The year of figs and a new love of Citrus thanks to madisoncitrusnursery.com

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    • #3
      Great story. Glad every ones ok.
      Tom Ashley, Leyden, Mass. 5a/b

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LouNeo View Post
        "I still get dem logs right?" haha. Way to make your neighbors love you even more. I'm worried about the Mia figs under that pile, what you got under there?
        Well nothing I don't have cuttings of rooting currently So far I have uncovered a couple and while they did not enjoy it and did get broken up some none are fatalities, so far.
        Cutting sales will start Tuesday Nov 1 at 9:00 eastern

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        • #5
          Well atleast no one was hurt, the things we do for figsπŸ˜ƒ

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          • #6
            To add insult to injury, did the power company charge you for work they had to do?
            Jim -- Central NJ, Zone 6b

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            • #7
              On the plus side you've got lots of potential bark wood for your potting mix πŸ˜‹
              Cheryl (f/k/a VeryNew2Figs) Zone 5a/6a
              What I'm growing: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

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              • #8
                I bet the tree rats were as mad as your neighbors; hope they don't take it out on your fig crop
                Conrad, SoCal zone 10
                Wish List: More Land

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                • #9
                  Hahahahaha!!!!!!
                  Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                  1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy πŸ‘ΌπŸΌ.
                  2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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                  • #10
                    Somehow I think this thread is wildly mistitled.
                    Tony WV 6b
                    https://mountainfigs.net/

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                    • #11
                      So who's paying the repair Bill?

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                      • WillsC
                        WillsC commented
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                        well technically i do through my monthly electric bill But they don't charge for damages caused by members.

                      • Go_Figger
                        Go_Figger commented
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                        Well, that's a good thing! Another, no person was harmed, and it didn't land on any buildings or cars.

                    • #12
                      What a harrowing experience! I can only imagine your heart in your throat as you watched it all play out. Some of those pictures remind me of visiting Florida shortly after hurricane Rita. Glad it was not as devastating as that for you.
                      Wendy - zone 6b - Central Kentucky .....My Fig List
                      WL - Bass' Favorite, Bordissot Negra Rimada

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                      • #13
                        That is scary.
                        Zone 5B: Rotterdam, NY

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Needaclone View Post
                          To add insult to injury, did the power company charge you for work they had to do?
                          No, they don't charge for customer stupidity It is a co-op so they cut the member owners some slack
                          Cutting sales will start Tuesday Nov 1 at 9:00 eastern

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                          • #15
                            I would have gotten there eventually and you didn't even tell me that the tell me to get off my duff and come cut it. It's not my fault I don't think
                            Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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                            • #16
                              Geez.... No harm, no foul and at least no one was hurt... It does sound though like you were almost victimized by a perfect storm of bad luck....
                              Tony - Zone 6A
                              WL- Good Health, a 60 lb Striped Bass, a Boone and Crockett Typical Buck, bushels of ripe Black Madeira figs, bushels of ripe Hachiya and other tasty Diospyros Kaki Persimmons

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                              • #17
                                I solved the problem of an extra tree in the garden myself.

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                                • #18
                                  Glad no one was hurt!

                                  I have cut through a few hinges in my day and consequently lost control of the trees. It is a sucky feeling to say the least. I am much more careful now, as I am sure you will be in the future.

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                                  • #19
                                    I have so many stories about trees, it's not funny. They grow big here for being so far north.
                                    House versus white oak. That's the wife and dog on the right. Made a great Wizard of Oz theme for Halloween though!



                                    Uninvited dinner guest


                                    OK, I had enough preemptive strike, large hole in wallet renting crane and tree trimmer crew.
                                    I took the top off this 120 foot maple.


                                    Last edited by drew51; 03-30-2017, 03:21 AM.

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                                    • danw
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                                      Dang! At least it looks like nature did the deed.

                                    • Go_Figger
                                      Go_Figger commented
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                                      Oh NO... that is a nightmare. What do you even do when that happens?

                                  • #20
                                    This ash would have made a lot of baseball bats. But the Emerald Ash Borer had other plans.

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                                    • #21
                                      Great story. Glad nobody got hurt
                                      FAQ: https://tinyurl.com/ydy46as5
                                      Zone 7a Wish List: Sodus Sicilian, Nordland, Sal's EL, Gino's and Any Zone 5/6 Fig

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                                      • #22
                                        Great story - you are a good 'story teller' Wills!

                                        I have seen people and or property hurt by their home tree-felling escapades, glad you were not injured. Someone has got to run the forum.
                                        Ed
                                        SW PA zone 6a

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                                        • #23
                                          looks like those would make good table tops for the yard

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                                          • #24
                                            The hickory logs are going to GA, the decent size smaller wood is going to be used for Shiitakes and the other wood for the boiler for the fish heater next winter.
                                            Cutting sales will start Tuesday Nov 1 at 9:00 eastern

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                                            • #25
                                              I learned years ago that there are some things you should just let the professionals handle. 😁

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                                              • TorontoJoe
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                                                To me...this would be paying someone else to have all the fun!
                                                Last edited by TorontoJoe; 03-31-2017, 06:37 AM.
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