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Banyan trim gone wrong

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by CacaoBoy, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. CacaoBoy

    CacaoBoy ArboristSite Member

    Mar 14, 2018
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    Big Island - Hawaii
    I thought I'd share.

    In Honomu, Hawaii, 2 miles from where I live is a park that had two massive banyon trees. A neighbor complained that the trees were causing problems. The county hired an aborist and crew to trim the trees to eliminate the problem.

    How does this job look to you?
    The article in the local paper said "Some community members expressed concern that the trees might be top heavy, Willow said, but an arborist said the trees are stable."

    The follow-up article, a mere three days later, had this photo:
    Apparently the arborist did not appreciate that the shallow roots of the banyan could not provide the needed stability after most of the aerial prop roots were removed. No one was injured, but it came down on a couple parked cars and power was out for several hours. Although only one of the two went down, the remaining banyan was then removed as part of the cleanup.
  2. JTM

    JTM ArboristSite Guru

    Dec 7, 2011
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    North Alabama
    An arborist you say? Must not have been from around there.

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