-By BILLY “the real” DEAL -
- Florida Certified Horticulture Professional -
-ISA Certified Arborist-
The Tree Butcher…. They are armed with Pickup Trucks, Trailers, and Chainsaws. They knock on your door and strike fear in the hearts of you and your neighbors. They tell you unless you cut limbs off of trees they will fall on your house and crush you cars…. BEWARE of the Tree Butcher!!
I personally saw this happen this past week in my neighborhood. I hear the chainsaws roar while enjoying my coffee and decided to go outside to see who was out trimming some trees this beautiful spring morning.
What I saw was a crew trimming up a camphor tree in front of someones house. Not a big deal until I heard a thud…. They dumped a limb on a house. Hmm who are these guys? They never secured the limb before the cut and the 20′ 12″caliper limb came down on their roof. No damage to the house that I could tell. The Butchers as I now will call them, they were wearing shorts, short sleeved shirts and wielding chainsaws. A True Arborist will have eye protection, helmet, ear protection, pants, not shorts. This is not a job to take lightly. This is real and dangerous.
The Butchers proceeded to go to many of my neighbors houses. One unlucky individual said yes. I have spoke to him in the past about how to hire an Arborist – he didn’t listen. Are they Licensed and insured, do they have a Certified Arborist on staff, Do they use proper equipment. They had proceeded to fill up their truck with as many limbs possible. The following photo what they left behind. The limbs that are stubbed never needed to be touched. They convinced my neighbor that removing the foliage and TOPPING the limbs would prevent damage in high winds.. NOT TRUE.
The Top photo is one of a series of Elms in a parking lot. They were trimming these trees with vehicles and pedestrians walking near the falling limbs. Be Smart & Safe – Hire an Arborist. There are many in your area. As a Certified Arborist, I personally use Enviro Tree Service, Valley Crest Tree Service or A Budget Tree Service, Inc.