The Water Cooler – Do People in Your Neighborhood Take Care of Their Trees?

December 5, 2017 12:00 pm · 27 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Do your neighbors, or your neighbors neighbors take care of their trees? Do they trim them as needed, or do you believe the nearby trees are overgrown and dangerous during strong winds?

Talk about it….

Dawg December 5, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Most of the trees in the neighborhood look pretty good, but one neighbor has a huge pine tree with most of the huge branches overhanging on their roof. One day it might come tumbling down.

G December 6, 2017 at 11:11 AM

I have a neighbor that has a huge pine tree that looks like it’s about to go…..thank goodness it’s leaning towards their house.

Dorothy December 5, 2017 at 12:32 PM

Some do, most don’t. Mine get trimmed every 2 or 3 years. Also managed to talk the city into trimming some public trees in the area. I know that hadn’t been done in a long time.

Oh yeah December 5, 2017 at 1:02 PM

If by “trimming” you mean cutting them back to nothing but a few trunks, yeah, my neighbor’s gardener does that!! Looks absolutely horrible! Guess he just doesn’t want to rake up the beautiful mulberry leaves from the trees!!!!!!!!!!

Roz December 5, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Thought this question was asked not too long ago.
No, most folks in my neighborhood don’t and it shows, and some are dropping large branches, like on would be parked cars on the street.
We keep up with our trees, and hire out for the ones we can’t do.

Ex-Coastie December 5, 2017 at 1:33 PM

Your question assumes most trees need to be trimmed on a regular basis which I don’t think is the case. I would say no one in my neighborhood, including myself, trims trees unless there is a particular tree or branch which appears to be a danger or is interfering with wires or general access.

The Mamba December 5, 2017 at 2:06 PM

I don’t know, I don’t really look that closely at my neighbors’ trees. Maybe I should!

Livesteam31 December 5, 2017 at 2:24 PM

Wish PG&E would trim on our side of the street, we pay our Bill too. But they just trim the ones across the street with wires through them.
“Oh yeah” you are right when they prune the mulberry trees down to the nubs it does look horrible. I’d rather rake mulberry leaves than the little Modesto ash leaves.

ME December 5, 2017 at 2:38 PM

We do every so often. We planned to have ours done in the next month or two but the tree guys we use are booked until Feb. We have taken a large tree and large bushes out ourselves but its tough, dangerous work.

The rental house is another story. There are renters and a property management company–yet, we get a call yesterday saying one of the pine trees fell on the neighbors car. I didn’t know the pine trees had died! So now we get to deal with that. The management company did get people out quickly to chop up the fallen tree but they didn’t do anything about the other two.

Concordejet December 5, 2017 at 2:50 PM

My HOA have a gardener to trim the tree once a week and cut the grass so I do not need to worry. They come every Wednesday. Very nice people. They do make a lot of noise that why I keep the window close:) They always clean up after their mess. It pretty well done.

Pony December 5, 2017 at 3:31 PM

My neighbors lately have taken to deforestation. Except no napalm. Either everything is gone or they take off all the branches leaving trunks sticking up for new growth to start on. Along the street (I live off the street frontage) there are trees with utility lines where the branches have grown around them.

Incognito December 5, 2017 at 3:33 PM

We have two 45-year old Modesto Ashes in my back yard! We keep them maintained and they seem to “breath” after being thinned out and by having the outside canopy lifted to remove heavy branches. It can get expensive, but worth it. Always have reputable and knowledgeable tree personnel to do it, anyone can “chop” the crown off the tree – and that’s not always the best thing to do.

As for my neighbors… some take care of their trees, others not so well. I see a lot of Palm Trees in the Claycord area that appear to be screaming for someone to pay them some attention.

PC December 5, 2017 at 3:41 PM

In general, no! Trees in the home landscape are in a far different setting than out in the more natural places like forests and woodlands. People plant trees close to a house and forget that they might grow 75 feet tall with roots to match. When people like the trees for fruit, shade, or color they should expect to prune and water them. Someone once told me that a rose bush in a corn field is considered a weed. When trees are out-of-place and poorly cared for, they too, can be considered weeds. Take decent care of them and don’t just amputate limbs. PG&E and Davey Tree have disfigured so many street trees around Claycord!

Mimi (original) December 5, 2017 at 3:53 PM

I wish I COULD keep up with my trees but it is VERY EXPENSIVE to have them trimmed and I’m living on a fixed income, simply cannot afford to do it. Sorry neighbors!!

Anonymous December 5, 2017 at 4:03 PM

We had a pine and Walnut that were well beyond what I could handle . I called Chandlers. They have been around forever and did a nice job. Not a bad price ,either.
My fear has been a tree blowing over . I’m not sure homeowners will pay for that if there is property damage.

annon December 5, 2017 at 4:26 PM

Some people are taking out trees on the sidewalk area without permits.

94517 December 5, 2017 at 5:34 PM

That’s what happens when you build to many homes on the same postage stamp.

chuckie the troll December 5, 2017 at 6:49 PM

In general, the neighbors neither trim their trees nor pick up their leaves. Many people have no idea there is a problem until a branch falls down and blocks the road. Many people just don’t care. Some people have no money. Our Modesto Ash trees (planted by the City?) are +/-50 years old and people hate the thought of losing ‘their’ shade.

Be gentle December 5, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Oh yes. Living in Rossmoor is a tree heaven and we get professional attention towards all of the trees as well as our places where we live. I feel very fortunate to be able to live here. Not only do we have professional arborists that care for the trees, but once a week we have professional landscape workers who take great care of all of Rossmoor.

Ancient Mariner December 5, 2017 at 10:55 PM

@ Oh Yeah:
It’s called pollarding.
Cutting certain trees way back will make them return more beautiful than before in a year or two. Mulberries are particularly suitable for this.
If you pollard a scraggly, overgrown mulberry, it will form a nice round spray of new branches and leaves that look terrific.

Silva December 6, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Hey, thanks Ancient Mariner! Pollarding. I love to learn new words (to me). Mulberries are very suitable for this. It also keeps them from becoming tall. I’ve never had one, but I’ve seen that method employed as standard practice around here for decades. The one drawback I have noticed is that as they age all the little new branch stumps rot into the trunks, and they end up pretty loaded with rot, but they still seem to still go on indefinitely like that, and birds and squirrels use the holes.

KAD December 6, 2017 at 12:26 AM

Trees are a sore point with my neighbors. They not only took all of their trees out, they took out one of mine. My dog caught them but it was too late for the new walnut tree that was coming out.

I am having my trees trimmed next week by a company that comes highly recommended. Hope they do a good job. My Deodar Cedar has to be cut down. It is leaning toward our house. The base is rotting. I had that tree planted and loved it very much. The other trees, a mulberry tree that bears a lot of mulberries (what a mess), the walnut tree limbs will be cut out of the power lines to our house and the other neighbor on the other side.

Concordgal December 6, 2017 at 5:23 AM

We have a landlord that owns the home next to ours, it’s like pulling teeth with this guy to trim his tree that can hang over our chimney. He likes to explain that trees are good barriers between neighbors and they lose their leaves … thank you captain obvious just trim the damn tree and be courteous. We try to trim ours every year.

WC resident December 6, 2017 at 8:11 AM

You are allowed to trim the landlord’s tree back to your property line. Keep in mind that cuts to a plant tend to cause it to form new and fast growing shoots at the cut. I’d trim a foot past the property line (on the landlord’s side and technically not legal) so that when the shoots come out you don’t need to trim again.

Elvis December 6, 2017 at 5:36 AM

The City of Clayton killed three of my trees during the drought by draining the aquafir from which they drank. Other trees on the property have been made vulnerable to insect damage and disease, as well. On a single fixed income, it was very expensive to have three large, older trees like that removed so that the city could water its medians. You certainly didn’t see any city-maintained landscaping go brown during this long dry spell. Driving through city-maintained landscape, you would not have even known there was a drought. Why the residents of Clayton continue to elect and employ this clueless bunch of simpletons escapes me. I am not even going to mention the damage to the structure from subsidence which resulted from the aquafir being drained. I would love to have everything trimmed. Unfortunately, my tree-trimming budget was spent removing thirty- and sixty-year-old trees. Thank you Clayton policy makers.

Aspirin December 6, 2017 at 8:26 AM

Tall pine trees near property lines are a threat to neighbors. They are dirty trees dripping sap, dropping pine cones and bushels of needles.

They are also a fire hazard. If ignited they burn with a fury.

CoCoArborist December 6, 2017 at 11:42 AM

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but GOOD tree work can be expensive. Regular maintenance plan with an Arborist will keep costs down. When a tree is neglected more work may need to be done. Which is more money -not just because tree is bigger but likely other factors (heavy over extended limbs, poor branch attachments, new hazards) that will take more time and potentially dangerous for crew.. If you someone gives you a bid and it seems to good to be true it is… Cheap tree work will leave your tree disfigured and tree may decline, also (aggresive regrowth, devoping undesired branch attachments.) The prunning style of pollarding is normal practice for Fruitless Mulberry trees, and few other species like crape myrtles. Mulberrys grow very fast and need to be treated like this in most cases.

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