We bought a house at auction in AZ. The backyard has trees obviously that can't handle the AZ desert climate, and they haven't been watered for sometime. How do we remove these massive trees (guessing they have been there since 1968 so very big) Palm Trees, how do we trim when they are twice as tall as the house. Last but not least, how do we move a tree so we can put in a pool?
Large trees with no where to drop them safely are typically taken out one of two ways. Option one bring in a crane to lift the tree out of the yard in one piece. Option two cut the tree into sections from the top down, typically around here it would be in 5' chunks that can still go to the pulp mill for paper if the species is suitable for paper production. Obviously both of these options are done professionally. A tree can be moved if you can get a "tree spade" back into the yard. http://www.sustland.umn.edu/implement/treespade.htm
If it is a smaller tree it can be dug by hand but the root ball will be fairly large and difficult to move. If it is possible to move it moving may be cheaper than cutting it down, removing the stump and buying a similar sized tree to replace it. If you don't have a need for the tree a nursery may come and remove it at no cost if the tree is desirable and one they could readily sell to someone else. The buyer is paying for the move.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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