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October 17th, 2003

Tree Service People Are the Scum of the Earth

No, they’re not really. I just wanted to get your attention.

The other night I came home and the sole tree in our backyard had a branch that had split and was peeling. The branch (a “top,” in arborists’ lingo) was leaning over and touching our house and was potentially a problem. So I called around to a number of tree service places and arborists… you know that I left four or five messages… it’s like none of them had receptionists. On top of that, only one person called me back. The rest of them didn’t even bother. I don’t understand how someone can simply not return a call, especially when there’s a job involved!

In any event, I ended up paying $550 for them to climb up and cut down this branch. I’ve never had this done before… does this seem like a lot? It did to me, but I also understand that the insurance these companies must carry must be astounding.

In any event, I came across a few informative sites along the way and I learned a bit about tree service. For instance, you should never allow a tree service to “top” your tree… no arborist worth their salt would ever do it since it does nothing but damage to the tree. The things you learn…

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