A new leach field and the associated excavation work require I remove a small Tomcot…maybe 2.5-3" diameter and 10’ tall.
I was hoping the tree would be dormant or at least defoliating by now, but fall runs late all over The northeast I hear.
I’m not sure the tree warrents any exceptional effort. They are really a stretch here, and I never expected them to be very long lived. This is the only one of four around the property that seems strong, several have died. This tree shows signs of gumming, but I see that a lot in native black cherry that are healthy, and it worries me less than it once did in stone fruit here.
But I am thinking, why not try a bit. At the very least cut down with spade in a ring and then have the machine do a scoop and lift while here.
I may also just try to free it up by hand completely if the tree hasn’t taken in too extensively…our native soil is tough digging.
Any further suggestions? Hand defoliate prior or after move?