An apple a day keeps the… vet away?

Here is another thing that puzzles me – one of many…

The situation is all to familiar: You turn up to an appointment to have a look at a tree and the owner says that he or she had it pruned by a different tree care company and is not so sure about the result. Guess what: the tree has been absolutely demolished. Happens so often and is upsetting every time – because it is so unnecessary. Especially in view of the fact that when you start digging it turns out that the company who did the work is by no means a tree care company, but a forestry, landscaping, facility management company. Or the local farmer. But they are all tree care experts. Not.

A local landscaping company here has a running tree as its logo. Not surprising, really, in view of some of the work done, I reckon I would run too!

What I find really puzzling is why people step into this mental trap every time? Is it due to ignorance? Or is the decision price-driven? Probably it is a bit of both. And, last but not least, it probably has also to do with the fact that whether arborist, landscaper or forestry worker, they all deal with trees and greenery, right?

A bit like medicine. Vets and doctors both have to do with health and medicines. So I wonder whether that same client, next time she is ill will go and see the vet? Well, after all, it is cheaper and he also deals with medicine.

I can just picture it…

Vet (all latexed-up, ready to go, brandishing the mother of all syringes): Ok then, Mr. Bridge. We’ll sort this out in just a jiffy. If you wouldn’t mind dropping your trousers and bending over? I believe an enema is just the thing to sort your stomach upset.

Me (whimpering and turning an interesting shade of pale green): … oh-oh. Not sure this was a good idea after all. Don’t you just have some pills I could take?

No, it does not happen that way – probably just as well!

So obviously people are able to differentiate in some areas better than in others. Hopefully this change of mind will continue to cover other areas over time and bad, destructive tree work will increasingly be recognised and named as such – not least because of the high costs that the consequences of a tree-topping, for example, generate.

It is up to each and every one of us in our everyday work to define and communicate sustainable solutions that take into account the situation and the integrity of the tree.