[Homestead] Odd tree problem
genegerue at ruralize.com
Tue Jun 10 06:58:20 EDT 2008
On Jun 9, 2008, at 9:40 PM, EarthNSky wrote:
> I'd love to take this tree down as it will KO my garden or the
> workshop/greenhouse, but sweetgum is sucky firewood and it is the main
> tree in that area. In my experience, once you take out a tree, you
> create a domino effect of treefall from the loss of the first
> tree. Any ideas on the use of the wood? The tree is about 3 feet in
I planted a sweetgum (liquidambar) about seventy-five feet behind the
house about twenty-five years ago. It makes beautiful autumn color. I
have since learned that while its beauty and fast growth make it a
favorite for lawns and parks, it is considered by many to be a trash
tree. For a number of years I have dealt with the increasing root
growth above ground around its base and with lots of sprout. I would
not plant another so close to the house.
Because of the fast growth I suspect the wood is soft. Ron can tell us
for sure when you take it down.
My walnut problem and your sweetgum problem highlight the important of
being careful what trees you grow near your garden and buildings.
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