Advice on Sugar Maple with split

Mike1207029879

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Homeowner here. It was suggested that I might need to remove a large (3ft diameter) sugar maple because it has a split developing from one of the main crotches. I'm trying to determine if this is premature and if it could be preserved. The canopy looks very full and healthy to my eyes. I've included pictures below. Any opinions on what might make sense?

Also, could anyone recommend a pro in the Lancaster, PA area who I could trust to help me make the right decision here?
 

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oldoakman

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An onsite assessment really needs to be made but from what I see, proper cable and brace installation can extend the life of this tree. Other factors not shown in the photos may change my opinion though. There are a couple contributors here that are in your area who will probably jump in as well. Good luck with your tree.
 

cerviarborist

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I agree that a thorough on-site evaluation is in order. www.isa-arbor.com has a find an arborist page. Look for arborists in your area who have experience in designing and installing cabling, bracing and support systems. Ask them to show you photos of work they've done in the past. You'll likely pay a consultation fee for the site visit to evaluate the tree and to make suggestions. If you want to know more about cabling and bracing in order to become a more informed consumer, I'd suggest you look at the bookstore page on the website above and purchase a copy of the Cabling, Bracing & Support System Best Management Practices booklet. It's about $10, but when you consider the cost of removing the tree, or the cost of a support system and the ongoing care it requires, that's a small price to pay to learn about how and when the work should be performed.
 

oldoakman

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Actually Tony and Reach are local to you up there. There is someone in the Lancaster area that loves to gut and lion tail trees. Dont know who he is though. If you go out 340 in Lampeter twp you will see the work. You dont want that kind of work done.
 
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JD3000

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Agreed with above but sugars have been rough in my area so perhaps a site and health evaluation may provide some recommendations for helping with longevity as well
 

Luzl78

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Actually Tony and Reach are local to you up there. There is someone in the Lancaster area that loves to gut and lion tail trees. Dont know who he is though. If you go out 340 in Lampeter twp you will see the work.
deadwood, crossrubs, and slight thinning from trunk out 6-8’. That’s all that’s needed. Oh and a rod brace and support system 2/3 up.
 

Reach

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Homeowner here. It was suggested that I might need to remove a large (3ft diameter) sugar maple because it has a split developing from one of the main crotches. I'm trying to determine if this is premature and if it could be preserved. The canopy looks very full and healthy to my eyes. I've included pictures below. Any opinions on what might make sense?

Also, could anyone recommend a pro in the Lancaster, PA area who I could trust to help me make the right decision here?
Send me a private message if you wish, we are based in Gap and do a lot of work in Lancaster. This looks like a project we would be willing to take on for you, and I can suggest another company or two if you want other opinions.
 

Mike1207029879

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Thanks all for the advice. I figured a on-sight visit was ultimately necessary, but it's good to be armed with a bit of knowledge before anyone shows up at my door.

There is someone in the Lancaster area that loves to gut and lion tail trees. Dont know who he is though. If you go out 340 in Lampeter twp you will see the work. You dont want that kind of work done.
I think they visited my neighbor a couple years ago. Everything under two stories from ground level was removed.


Send me a private message if you wish, we are based in Gap and do a lot of work in Lancaster. This looks like a project we would be willing to take on for you, and I can suggest another company or two if you want other opinions.
Will do. I appreciate the offer. I looked around and skimmed the ISA list, but i wasn't sure how best to distinguish the tree specialists from the tree removal specialist. (Perhaps I'm being overly paranoid...)
 

southsoundtree

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NO, you're not.

Go to websites and read what they have to say/ show to promote their services. Make some calls, ask some questions.

The guys who hang with professionals at forums know so much more than the guys who only know guys in their area.

ISA CA is like a driver's license that an 18 year old can easily get, with training and study. BCMA Board-Certified Master Arborist is like having a CDL with a hazmat and tanker endorsement.

The older/ lower their CA number, the longer they've been getting their Continuing Education Units to maintain their cert.
 
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