Wednesday, May 24, 2006

How Not to Trim a Tree

Sarasota County is in the process of developing a new and tougher tree ordinance.

Part of the new law will require shade trees in parking lots and training for tree trimmers.

Check the "butcher job" in the picture above. While these are exotic "punk" trees. It still makes you wonder when you see this kind of trimming. Picture was taken today in the city of Sarasota.

According to the SHT:

Commissioners approved Wednesday a "master plan" that called for tougher laws and that found 25 percent of the tree canopy in the unincorporated part of the county has been lost in the past 30 years.That approval included orders to develop a more stringent system of fines for certain harmful methods of tree-trimming.

Commissioners also favored proposals to require parking lots to have shade trees and to possibly develop educational requirements for tree-trimming companies.

County staffers and lawyers were told to develop the new laws and bring them back for possible public hearings.

Commissioner Jon Thaxton complained that most trimming jobs he sees are "butcher jobs." Tree experts say that improper cutting can eventually kill a tree.

This picture shows a "hat racked" Jacaranda - picture taken in Aug 2005 in the city of Sarasota

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