tree moving--RANT

Mike the Tree Doctor mlamana at
Tue Jan 25 21:42:15 EST 2000


You'll be glad to know that in all the years we've been at this, we've only
lost one (count 'em) tree! We too hate to see trees die, that's why we're in
this line of work. We've saved hundreds (maybe thousands??) of trees from
the chainsaw.

I am very interested in that horror story job, and would be very
appreciative if you'd eMail me more info!

Thanks for the input!

Mike the Tree Doctor

Monique Reed <monique at> wrote in message
news:388C6A18.29367A9B at
> Anyone thinking of having a large or valuable tree moved to or from
> their property should shop around for an expert and ask for lots of
> references.
> Horror Story:  At Texas A&M, a number of very large, old live oaks
> (including a huge one that was named) were moved to make way for
> construction.  The plan was to replant the trees around the new
> building.  Some of them were transplanted, but most of them died in
> their holding boxes.  They were not pre- root pruned, they were dug in
> midsummer, and since they're evergreen, they continued in water stress
> the whole time they were out of the ground--which was far too long.
> In the end, *not one tree* survived, even though the company had
> bragged and bragged about its successes with previous jobs.  Any
> first-year horticulture student could have told them they were doing
> everything wrong.
> The worst part is that the carnage was completely unnecessary.  A
> former landscape architecture professor came up with a building plan
> that would have spared most of the trees and provided a larger
> square-footage in the new building.  His plan was shrugged off despite
> a popular petition because the University had already paid a bundle to
> the architect.  A whole line of mature trees was removed to acommodate
> a gerrymandered floorplan.  In the end, cost over-run dictated that
> the building never made it that far and those trees were sacrificed
> for nothing.
> Sorry, folks, but I can't stand to see a tree wasted when a little
> effort and money would have saved it.
> Monique Reed

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