Tree fellers have been buried in work since gale force winds uprooted at least 22 trees

LOCAL tree fellers have been buried in work since gale force winds uprooted at least 22 trees between Friday and Monday.

Between Chop Chop, Coe Lanie and Garden Pro services, countless loads of timber had been removed from yards in Richards Bay, Empangeni and Felixton.

Both business owners advised residents and businesses to prune large trees to prevent a pile of problems.

‘None of the trees I felled during the weekend were rotten,’ said Chop Chop’s George Shacks.

‘They were all just too ‘top heavy’ from not being regularly pruned. My advice is to get cutting.

One of the many trees brought to the ground by gale force winds during the weekend

‘Another notable issue is that only three of all my clients’ were insured for such ‘acts of God’ events.

Residents must ensure they are covered for these incidents.’

Coe Lanie’s Lourise du Toit said trees should be trimmed at least once a year, especially branches hanging over roofing or other structures.

‘I can say this for certain – if a tree falls onto a house, it won’t stop until it hits the concrete. Your home will be totally destroyed. Rather be safe than sorry.’



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Mia Moorcroft

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