This Week's Podcast: Everyone Loves Trees, Some People Love Them to Death - with Expert Max Burton
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If you ask most people how they feel about trees, they will say, “I love trees.” But that is not always how people act. People kill trees, even in this age of environmental awareness -- either on purpose or by accident – often through ignorance. In my town, you would be hard pressed to find even a single tree that has been properly mulched. Proper mulch for a tree might be – no mulch at all.
We all know that sometimes, trees have to come down, for instance, if they are dead and threatening to fall on you or your house.
My guest today is Max Burton, a tree expert with Monster Tree Service in the Philadelphia area. We talk about some things to avoid like brittle Bradford Pears that almost always split apart in an early snow storm (left). And even what to do when a tree has to come down.
Power companies too often butcher trees in many localities. We’ve all seen trees pruned into “V's” to let the wires pass, or worse, topped – have had their entire crowns removed so wires can pass over them. Ultimately, that treatment will lead to the death of a mature tree. And it seems that a lot of guys with chainsaws think they are perfectly qualified to take down a dead tree or one that is just in the way. Hey, power tools are fun! In Germany, one has to take a course to buy a chainsaw.
Max and I talk about safety concerns and ways to find a reputable tree service. He suggests having an expert review the condition of your trees before big problems arise. He says that a professional should be willing to take a look and not necessarily recommending any tree be taken down or pruned if not needed. Here are a few links Max suggest we look to for information on trees and learning more about hiring professionals: The International Society of Arboriculture and their helpful site, Trees are Good.