Saturday, July 21
DIY

‘Tree fella’ is a busy man

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Felling allows more light into the home, saves water for elsewhere

Last Saturday, as we turned into our cul-de-sac, I noticed my neighbour was having his large trees and palms professionally cut back, lopped off and generally neatened up.

On Sunday morning we awoke to the sound of chainsaws. Peering out of our kitchen window I noticed another neighbour across the road was having the same done. I thought the guys must have picked up a good contact here and wondered if it was something I should consider.

As has become far too common recently, I never follow my own advice. I have been warning you for years about the dangers of letting trees overgrow your homes, leading to damaged roofs, gutters full of debris and lifted brick paving. 

Now that I’ve been spending more time behind our property, having installed my water storage tanks, I have noticed the brick paving is starting to resemble a rollercoaster. I showed Mrs Mac the problem and she agreed the trees had to go.

We spoke to the “tree fella”, Alfred, who agreed to give us a quote when he finished at the neighbour’s home. Alfred came over and gave me a quote on the spot, to which I agreed.

He promised to call the next day after he had checked his diary to give me a date. We agreed on Friday. He arrived on time and by lunch-time four large trees had been cut down to stump height and all the timber removed. I am happy to recommend Alfred and will supply his number on request.

I must warn, however, that he is so busy he does get a confused about what price he quoted and which trees he allowed for. If you do use him, put everything in writing and mark the trees to be included.

I am sure there will be a few who are not happy that I have chopped down trees, but we have lightened the interior of the house, hopefully stopped invasion of our drains by roots, and stopped sucking up precious ground-water better used elsewhere.

*Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB: facebook.com/thehandymac

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