Oak Tree split - What to do?
Dear Tree Forum-Folks:
I live in Pittsburgh, PA., and have a beautiful Oak Tree that has developed a split between (2) of (3) limbs. It sits behind my house, with one of the limbs hanging over a gazebo. That limb is probably supported by (2/3rd) of the trunk, with the other limb that hangs over an open field supported by 1/3rd of the trunk. The (3rd) limb is fully supported by the trunk.
Here are my options as I see it:
Ã¯Â¿Â½ Cut off the limb over the open field and leave it as is
Ã¯Â¿Â½ Cut off the (2) limbs & leaving one
Ã¯Â¿Â½ Have (3) cables installed above split, pulling all (3) limbs together and bolting the (2) limbs together at the Y
Ã¯Â¿Â½ Cut the tree down
We sit on top of a hill and get wind out of the south west that tends to be pretty strong at times. My Daughter saw the tree "twist" in the last storm, which was almost "tornadic" in nature.
I would like to hear your opinions, especially those of you who have tried bolting (&/or) cabling, and about what youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve experienced since doing so.
Thanks in advance for your feed-back!