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moss

Been here a while
This just in, I was spotted actually working! Amazing.

Eastern Massachusetts has officially joined the "We're Being Destroyed by Emerald Ash Borer" club. Some of my customers are opting to treat their yard trees, some (like the one in the photos) are not. Tree looked great at a casual glance. Many of the upper crown limbs "5" diameter and less totally chewed on by EAB larvae, woodpeckers hard at it going after them. Good time to work on it while the wood is still strong enough. Next year it would be mostly defoliated and the wood becoming dangerous. Very poor crane access for this one so now is the time for climber access.

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Can you believe how neat my drop zone is? ;-) It's the little things that make a difference.
-AJ
 

Chaplain242

Branched out member
This just in, I was spotted actually working! Amazing.

Eastern Massachusetts has officially joined the "We're Being Destroyed by Emerald Ash Borer" club. Some of my customers are opting to treat their yard trees, some (like the one in the photos) are not. Tree looked great at a casual glance. Many of the upper crown limbs "5" diameter and less totally chewed on by EAB larvae, woodpeckers hard at it going after them. Good time to work on it while the wood is still strong enough. Next year it would be mostly defoliated and the wood becoming dangerous. Very poor crane access for this one so now is the time for climber access.

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Can you believe how neat my drop zone is? ;-) It's the little things that make a difference.
-AJ
The neatness of that pile is to be commended! Sad to see the trees get hammered so though…
 

Jonny

Been here a while
Location
Buffalo
Stuff looks nice and green for now.
Welcome to the shit show. They’re really not that bad at 3-4 years dead, usually.
 

moss

Been here a while
Stuff looks nice and green for now.
Welcome to the shit show. They’re really not that bad at 3-4 years dead, usually.

I don't know what it is, they seem to rot fast here, it may be because many of our ash have already been chronically abused by Ash Yellows disease. I'm not a take-down specialist, I choose my removal battles and am very picky about which dead trees I'll get on. Freedom is a wonderful thing.
-AJ
 

Reach

Been here a while
Location
Atglen, PA
I don't know what it is, they seem to rot fast here, it may be because many of our ash have already been chronically abused by Ash Yellows disease. I'm not a take-down specialist, I choose my removal battles and am very picky about which dead trees I'll get on. Freedom is a wonderful thing.
-AJ
Same here, they go from half-dead to deadly in a very big hurry. It’s rare we will climb them, they’re just too dangerous once the leaves are gone.
 

Chaplain242

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Same here, they go from half-dead to deadly in a very big hurry. It’s rare we will climb them, they’re just too dangerous once the leaves are gone.
What’s the procedure when can’t climb? Clear the fall path and wait? Or bring in out if the ordinary techniques?
 

Tuebor

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Location
Here
Sad thing is that ash must have been raining down dead stuff from the crown for years!
It did. By the time it fell, there was nothing left but 70' of stem. It took on a 20° lean in the past few years. The neighbors called the city several times but nothing ever got done. I knew its time was coming when I saw a woodpecker last month - standing on the ground - pecking at the trunk. The stem wood seemed really solid except right at the ground, where it broke. That wood felt like the spongy stuff florists put in the bottom of a vase to hold flower stems in place.
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It also broke a utility pole in half, took down the primaries (which fell in a small oak behind my garage and burned the top 6' off), took down the secondaries, and hung on the telecom cables. The best part is, ten feet away, behind the guy in the red shirt in the first photo, is a larger dead ash that still has most of the crown wood that is larger than 4" diameter. No lean, but very top heavy and close to 90' high.
 

Stumpsprouts

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Location
Asheville
I've been working on finding a cat that will climb with me! No luck so far.
Here’s a candidate... I don’t know his name. I wish my cat were this cool.

That’s a monster ash. Get the heinous removals out of the way while you can!
 

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Reach

Been here a while
Location
Atglen, PA
What’s the procedure when can’t climb? Clear the fall path and wait? Or bring in out if the ordinary techniques?
Spider lift or a crane, or if we can’t reach with a crane, REALLY big crane or make a hole and fell it somewhere. We’ve only had one or two in the last few years that we could not deal with one way or another, we just refer those to the company in town with the giant spider lift.
 

moss

Been here a while
It did. By the time it fell, there was nothing left but 70' of stem. It took on a 20° lean in the past few years. The neighbors called the city several times but nothing ever got done. I knew its time was coming when I saw a woodpecker last month - standing on the ground - pecking at the trunk. The stem wood seemed really solid except right at the ground, where it broke. That wood felt like the spongy stuff florists put in the bottom of a vase to hold flower stems in place.
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It also broke a utility pole in half, took down the primaries (which fell in a small oak behind my garage and burned the top 6' off), took down the secondaries, and hung on the telecom cables. The best part is, ten feet away, behind the guy in the red shirt in the first photo, is a larger dead ash that still has most of the crown wood that is larger than 4" diameter. No lean, but very top heavy and close to 90' high.

Great documentation! However that situation can be true for any dead standing snag, they all fall eventually.

As far as raining deadwood goes, yes it’s true that many oak species and more to the extreme honey locust (for example) hold on to deadwood forever! On the ash that have been doing the slow death from Ash Yellows the crown limbs “melt” from the top down, it really does rain deadwood long before the main trunk is compromised. But seriously the trunk fail that Tuebor documented, the last thing that ash said to the homeowners was: “I warned you by throwing down piles of small sticks, then I tried to kill you multiple times with stuff bigger than baseball bats, so be it, crushing your garage now”.
-AJ
 

Bart_

Participating member
Location
GTA
Did you cut and chuck that whole thing? Were you blessed with free drops? I assume solo per usual?

Kudos.
 

moss

Been here a while
Did you cut and chuck that whole thing? Were you blessed with free drops? I assume solo per usual?

Kudos.
Hybrid, catch and hold rigging, let it run rigging, free drops, everything in the mix. I have some vid of an excellent solo “let it run!” rig with a very simple (one steel carabiner and a rigging line) setup, performs like the most seasoned ground worker, will post.
-AJ
 

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