Pecan Trees
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Pecan tree

Zone 30060 | Catmcbee added on June 20, 2018 | Answered

Hello! I have a beautiful 100+ yr old pecan tree that was struck by lightning in May. Half of it still may be viable, but the downed half bears green fruit. I will have to have the tree removed professionally. I’m hoping to keep as much of the tree and fruit as possible- please see pics- I don’t know where to start!! Any and all advice will be gratefully appreciated. Thanks, Cat from Marietta, GA

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drtreelove
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on June 21, 2018

From the photos, I am unable to see details of the point of breakage and the remaining section of the tree. So I can't give specific advise.
I would recommend that you seek advise from a certified arborist (independent consulting arborist for a fee, or tree service estimator/arborist, usually free with a proposal for the tree work). Or get a couple of opionions, estimates.
Tell the arborist your objective, to save viable portions of the tree if possible. They may be able to do crown reduction pruning and reduction of the fallen limb if still intact, and save some of the tree if the break is not too serious and presents risk of further structural failure. Artificial support systems are possible where appropriate, cables, bolts and rigid props are all tools of the trade.
To get reliable, ethical advise, of course seek a qualified professional and not just the cheapest removal service.
https://www.treesaregood.org/findanarborist

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