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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 9:41 pm 
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i must cut down some elderly cedars, a task i have been delaying....each storm more limbs are shedding...these hundred+year old trees are older than my neighborhood, or my house, but are becoming a danger to my neighbors, and my roof.

but, in the hollow of one, is a very health hive of bees.
what is a good time to cut the tree without needlessly harming the bees?

how can i keep the bees, who are just now re-establishing in my neighborhood? (i don't want them shipped out, or shredded in the mulcher)

can i just wait for winter so they are dormant, and keep a section of tree that keeps the most of the colony intact?

all ideas/recommendations appreciated, thanks.


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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 10:19 pm 
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I was thinking you could cover the hole (enterance) of the tree with news paper completely blocking the bees from coming out, then cut the trees down? Why are you removing the trees? Honey bees need a little shade I think. I didn't even know cedars even fall over. lol Sounds really cool. Do you have any pictures?


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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 7:08 pm 
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when the tree is over 100yrs old, and has a 18" hollow in a 30" trunk they can and do fall down....every storm they are now dropping limbs, some 8" and 12" dia....

i must cut it down before it squashes something more important than my monkey grass (house, neighbor, neighbor's dog, etc)

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so how does one attach photos on post without linking computer and jeopardizing security? (assuming i had a photo of the bees in the tree)


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 9:44 am 
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You may not realize it but you have neighbors who are keeping bees. Those bee people are everywhere. Start asking around and they can help you remove the bees in the tree and get you started bee keeping the right way. Start with your local county agriculture extension service agent. He can probably put you in touch with a bee keeper.

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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 9:25 am 
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If you are in North Texas, you can contact the Dirt Doctor's own beekeepers, Brandon and Susan Pollard of Texas Honeybee Guild--tell them the Worm Rancher sent you :D , they are friends of mine and great caretakers of all things natural:

http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_question.php?id=2035

their number is in the post


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