My friend’s landscape company got a call last year from one client about another client’s Bloodgood Japanese Maple. In fact, both clients had twin maples planted out in front of their respective homes. The first call was a bit of a shocker from Client One, but a second call came from Client Two, also. Both clients used my friend’s company for landscape installs and knew he was an expert in his field.
Both clients had the same grass mowing service mow their respective lawns weekly. Funny thing about those grass mowers, they think they are a full landscaping service. You know what I mean. They pretend to be competent in all facets of the profession.
Well, my landscaper friend is also a nurseryman and tree grower. He also has landscaped both these client’s properties with some of my design work. I would love to show you their properties, but I want to respect their privacy and only show their trees. They both have beautiful yards on a gorgeous tree-lined street. Backyards both have steep inclines with large stones walls and decorative ponds and waterfalls.
This is Where the Story Gets Interesting
Client One wants to save some money and calls Mowermen to schedule a trim of their overgrown Japanese Maple. Mowermen agree that they know what they are doing and will do it much more economically than a qualified arborist. Client One hires them for the job. They are told to show up at their convenience to get the job done, irregardless if Client One is at home or not. And they were not.
But where does Mowermen show up, but at Client Two’s property. And what do they proceed to do?
Butcher Client Two’s 30 foot high Japanese Maple, the twin to their neighbor’s tree. The idiots picked the wrong house and wrong Japanese maple. If that was not bad enough, they destroyed the tree.
They used a chain saw to trim the tree. I will repeat. Mowermen used a chainsaw. And with that chainsaw, while removing branches, took huge chunks out of the trunk of the tree, effectively ruining the tree. The tree had to be removed and replaced.
This damage was not done on this tree, but was similarly done to the tree. Where the chainsaw slid it snapped and cracked branches.
Both clients are not at home at the start of this travesty. But another neighbor gets involved and calls Client Two. Client Two comes rushing home to find Mowermen in the middle of chainsawing their 30 foot high Japanese Maple tree down to half its size. Now that would make anybody livid.
Their lawn service is trimming their tree. Panic ensues, and horrified Client Two gives next door neighbor, Client One a call, smartly figuring out what must have happened. Client One races home from a game of tennis. Idiot Mowermen still have no clue they picked the wrong house and wrong tree looking frantically for their work order. Sound familiar. Happened at my house too, but with the City forester.
Well, my friend now gets a call from both of them. Client One, seeing the damage caused by the Mowermen that they called to cut their tree and save money, just destroyed their neighbor’s tree. So now, having witnessed the butcher job that almost befell them, hires my friend to trim their tree.
Client Two also calls. They call for him to estimate the damage to replace a tree of this size, knowing my friend is a grower. My friend gives them a $10,000.00 price for replacement of a 30 feet high, very slow-growing Japanese Maple. Mowermen must pay $10,000.00 for a replacement of the maimed tree and remove and stump it too.
Moral of the story, don’t hire Mowermen for anything but mowing. And make sure Mowermen are properly insured. Also, make sure they know how to mow. These incompetents also scalped the one client’s lawn repeatedly. Don’t get me wrong. I often recommend lawn services to clients for weekly mowing and cleanup. Not this one though, you get what you pay for.
You will probably do a better job yourself if you just take your time and proceed cautiously. Tree Tips Tuesday will have the steps to take for trimming your Japanese Maple. Odds are you could do a better job just following a few sensible tips and taking your time than hiring cocky Mowermen brandishing a chainsaw.
Stop back on Sunday afternoon for my Happy Monday post. It is called Happy Monday-Wabbit News Flash. You can see what happened to my Laceleaf Japanese maple. It has been hard to talk about and I could only do it in a humorous fashion or else I would be typing and crying.