Monday, May 25, 2009

Utility arborists and commercial arborist at odds as to how to prune town's old trees; Summerville, GA

It’s one of the most beautiful sections of Augusta, and Summerville residents want to keep it that way. Neighbors are worried about the old trees that are part of the Hill’s charm. WJBF News Channel 6’s Paige Tucker reports.
By Paige Tucker
WJBF News Channel 6 Weekend Anchor/Reporter
Published: May 20, 2009
Augusta, GA—A massive tree that just fell in Summerville is a personal loss to many who count the area’s trees as one of the neighbors. Part of Summerville’s charm is the tree-lined streets that provide curb appeal and a canopy of shade.
A certified arborist, Roy Simkins takes interest in the preservation of the trees and offense to the way they’re often treated. “There’s a right way and a wrong way to prune a tree. That’s one of the reasons you need an arborist. It’s easy to buy a chainsaw and send a guy up a tree to cut a limb, but it’s something else to know the proper way to do it,“ says Simkins.
A lot of that pruning is done by Asplundh, a sub-contractor of Georgia Power hired to keep its power lines clear. “It occurred to me some years ago that Asplundh loves to cut the max because the more they cut the faster the tree will resprout and the more work they have. It’s sort of a make-work business,“ Simkons says.

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