A Farewell to Bow Ties

May 10, 2022

A farewell to bow ties. It’s been about 30 years now since that night I came home from an appraisal seminar and declared to my bride that I was going to become the most prolific subject matter expert witness in the Green Industry in the nation. That was also over 1,200 legal assessments ago, 50% […]

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If a Tree Fell in the Woods …

April 12, 2022

If a tree fell in the woods, would an insurance agent hear it? It is an amazing phenomenon to observe from afar. Extremely intelligent and well-versed insurance professionals handling claims become immobile when a tree or landscape issue comes before them. Their eyes glaze over. Their right hand goes to their chin. Their eyebrows rise. […]

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Professional Favors: To Do or Not to Do

March 15, 2022

What about those professional favors? Do you see the value in those? I enjoy reading posts from a few select authors on LinkedIn. One of those authors is Lisa Stambaugh, a content writer, who has a legion of informed and intelligent posters.  She is like Susan Rooks, the Grammar Goddess, in that both remind me […]

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Trees and Class-Action Lawsuits

March 8, 2022

Trees and Class-Action Lawsuits One of the first lessons to be learned by a state official when inspecting trees to be earmarked for destruction during a viral outbreak is consideration of the homeowner. Rule #1: Be polite to the lady who opens the door to her home. Rule #2: Don’t kick at her dog. This […]

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Dangerous Trees, Driveways, and Sewer Lines

February 22, 2022

Dangerous trees, driveways, and sewer lines: In this matter we come to understand that the courts often do not appeal themselves to the emotions of a case or the incidentals such as right and wrong that sometimes differentiate one matter from another. Here we have a plaintiff who owned a big pine tree. Big is […]

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Tree Roots, Property Lines, and Neighbors

February 15, 2022

Tree roots, property lines, and neighbors: Tree roots do not recognize or respect property lines. They regularly cross property lines without conscience or the realization of doing great harm. The question becomes, what to do with them once they do cross a property line and pose a risk to the neighbor or his property.  Root […]

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The Most Misunderstood Component

February 1, 2022

The most misunderstood component in a consulting assignment is fertilizers and fertilization. Of course, there are many other components, such as  wrongful death and personal injury assignments that inculcate differences from breach of contract or negligence in the marketplace disputes. But the most misunderstood component of fertilizers and fertilization is especially true of landscape architects […]

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Valuing Trees: Net Perspective

January 18, 2022

Valuing trees: Net perspective Insurance adjusters and attorneys, not to mention arborists, are often confronted with a tree or plant that is not yet ready for the open marketplace and resultant comparable pricing. It has value, but how to value it becomes the question. I was involved in such a case. Several thousand trees that […]

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Appraisal: Nursery/Tree Farm

January 11, 2022

Appraisal: Nursery/Tree Farm The most difficult assignment for an arborist or other professional appraiser is evaluating  a nursery or tree farm, and the required expertise is exponentially greater if business damages are involved. Further, if the assignment falls under eminent domain, an even greater degree of expertise is required. Nursery and tree farm appraisals are […]

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Trees or Cut Timber?

January 4, 2022

Trees or Cut Timber? In this matter, a new consultant to tree appraisals found herself across from me in an assignment regarding the cutting of trees without permission, and a trespass. A logger clear-cut 10 acres of standing pine trees on a property that did not belong to his client. A misunderstanding at best. A […]

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