Let me just start by saying I hate Ash trees, or more accurately, Emerald Ash Borers that kill Ash trees.
I had a 70 footer fall this Spring that was a good portion of the reason I now own a 2025R (that pushed my wife over the edge). Trouble is, they keep falling before I can get to them.
Had one just two days ago fall late at night, and luckily for my garage and cars, there were several large trees in the way that caused it to deflect and break up or Id not be a happy camper right now. It was over 100' tall.
Anyway, due to the Spring tree, Ive been working on clearing back trees and making a sort of "safe zone" that is tree free around the house.
We live in the middle of a 5.5 acre woods, and the trees, other than the driveway and the front yard, are as close as 10' from the house. When we bought the place, I had planned to clear out quite a bit to have a larger yard and more sunlight on the house, garage and driveway to limit mildew growth and allow things to dry out.
Things have changed a bit with that plan so that now Ive come up with a 40' buffer. This distance is to the trunk, not the canopy, but will eliminate anything overhanging buildings. All trees in that zone are going, and its a lot of mostly small ones. There are a few nice large trees that Ill leave alone if they are healthy, but mostly, Im done worrying about a tree landing on the house in the middle of the night, or any other time for that matter.
Most of my trouble is due to the previous, and only, owners of this house/land not keeping up with the trees near the house. It appears they just let them grow wherever they sprouted up, and thats not necessarily a good idea...FYI.
Anyone done anything like this before? Any suggestions on the distance to the house?
Anyone know what types of trees are prone to wind damage?
We have Sycamore, Maple, Beech, a couple types of Hickory, Oak, Hackberry, and Basswood as the most common near the house.
Sadly, because its a beautiful tree, a monster Sycamore has to go, but it drops a TON of stuff on the driveway every year, so its not a big loss, there are several more just as big out in the woods.