Pecan or Pecan't.
June 7, 2010 9:36 AM Subscribe
Our two fifty-foot pecan trees are almost dead (90%+ of the canopy is bare).We know that we need to remove the vast majority of the trees -- the dead limbs hang over our yard, roof, and deck, and are a hazard. But there are a few green shoots coming up toward the bottom quarter of the tree, maybe ten to fifteen feet up the trunk and out of the bottom of some of the branches.
posted by seventyfour to home & garden (9 answers total)
These trees are major features in our backyard; our other trees are junkier trees, like hackberries. Our original idea was to trim the trees down to just above the green shoots, to give the trees a chance to regrow and also to keep something where the trees are (otherwise we're going to have a big empty space and both of us think a fat tree trunk or two along the fence line is better than a stump). It's also a little cheaper if you don't take out the entire tree. We've consulted with a few tree trimmers, though, who all recommend that the trees be taken out completely and opine that the green shoots are not a reliable sign that the tree will come back. Anyone with experience with a pecan tree being severely cut back and living on? Should I just listen to the tree guys and take the pecans out altogether? (If it matters, I just noticed a mushroom growing out of one of the tree's trunks -- that didn't seem to be a good sign).