Need a tree hugger

Austin is a very environment-conscious city but damn, where can you find a tree hugger when you need one? I have a young, perfectly straight, neatly pruned oak tree in my front yard that needs to be removed because it was planted too close to my house. I called six places (nurseries and tree service companies) and all but one didn’t seem to have the time of day. If I had to guess, I’d say this tree would sell for $200 + at a nursery. I want someone to come to my house, dig up the tree, fill the hole with topsoil and haul the tree away. Seems pretty logical, right? A few scoops of top soil for a perfect oak tree?!

I was finally able to get Brent’s Tree Service on the phone and was told that they will come out and dig the tree up for me. This was, of course, after I was told that a job like that would run me around $200. I told him that was too much. I laughed when Will asked me how much I’d be willing to pay. I told him I wasn’t going to pay anything – I went on to tell him that I have an axe in my garage and would take care of the tree myself but that that wasn’t what I wanted to do.

So Will is supposed to come out this week to dig up my tree. We’ll see what happens.

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