I just purchased a house that has been vacant a while in Miami, Florida
The house has been neglected and need some repair and updating, all along I
was not paying too much attention to the trees because many of them were
damaged by hurricane Wilma and a lot of clean up needed to be done to even
see what I am dealing with.
There was one young oak tree that basically toppled so I had it removed and
grinded the stump.
There was a mango tree with a large vertical split in the main trunk which
the tree guy told me had to be removed and grinded.
Two large mature (over 40' tall) black olive trees on the property that had
a lot of broken limbs and dangling debris that needed to be cleaned up and
However, the most problems are three large black olive trees on the other
side of the sidewalk (so it's not in the property) but I am responsible to
maintain but's it's the city's property and they are protected species.
I thought the tree guy would recommend trimming them but he recommend I
remove all three of them...and ask the city for permission. His reason is
that they had damages when Wilma came through but they were not treated and
dealt with in time, so now he sees rot and termites and unbalanced growth.
Now I don't want to cut down three large mature trees even if the city gives
me permission, they are really nice trees...
I don't know whether the termites have penetrated deep...he kicked the bark
near ground level and saw some rot but does it mean the entire tree is
Out of the three I do see one that is badly unbalanced and leaning to the
street where the root on the other side is forced up and pushed the concrete
sidewalk up, he says this is a hurricane hazard waiting to happen.
I am torn as to what I should do. I called the city and they said they will
send someone out to see if they need removal in a few MONTHS because of
hurricane backlog. I don't really want to remove them. Any advise what I
Thanks in advance,