Walnut trees can be quite messy, shedding nuts all over your lawn and attracting squirrels. If you're hoping to sell your walnut tree you may have heard that you can get a good price. This depends on the quality of your tree. If you're just hoping to get rid of the tree to free up space in your yard, you'll most likely have an easier time locating a buyer.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Internet access
- Measuring tape
Determine the condition of your walnut tree. Inspect the tree's branches for signs of damage or disease. Measure the tree's trunk using a measuring tape. Write down the dimensions and estimate the tree's height.
Contact a forester in your area who might be able to appraise the tree for you. You can find a forester by contacting your local county extension office. Foresters will help you determine the value of your walnut tree. Your ugly backyard tree could be worth a lot of money for lumber.
Discuss the appraisal value with the forester. If your tree is not worth a lot, you will want to find a buyer in need of a walnut tree for aesthetic value. If your tree is commercially valuable, you can probably find a buyer in the lumber industry. If you have a large number of scrawny walnut trees in your yard, a lumber buyer may still be interested. Some foresters might have recommendations about whom to approach.
Research lumber yards in your area if your tree is valuable. Call and inform someone there of the dimensions of your tree and the forester's appraisal. You may need to call several lumber yards before you find an interested party. Once you do, schedule an appointment for someone to view the tree.
Investigate furniture makers, artisans and woodworkers if your tree is less valuable. Hobbyists and amateur woodworkers might want a walnut tree for a reduced price. If you find someone who's interested, schedule an appointment with the potential buyer.
Place an ad on gardening websites or communities in your area if you have no success finding another buyer. Someone might want an inexpensive mature landscape tree.
Write a contract between you and the buyer that outlines how much you're charging for the tree and who's responsible for removing it. If the tree is small, you might wish to remove it yourself. A large walnut tree is best handled by a tree care or landscaping company.
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