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X-Treme Yard Makeover II: Raggedy yard disappearing under the efforts of 4 groups

By Harriet Howard Heithaus, Naples Daily News, Posted May 31,2008

…Two area companies, local volunteers and Collier County Recycling have offered to handle that part of “X-treme Yard Makeover,” the North Naples yard being redesigned as a model for good landscaping with easy maintenance and low water use. The three groups have been at the 7050 Trail Blvd. home this past week and will be again next week to take out trees, clear the stumps and grade the yard.

 

That comes before the preliminary plan gets approval from both the homeowner, Daphne Volcy, and the South Florida Water Management District, the project’s coordinator.

Signature Tree Care, in Golden Gate, was to begin taking trees down last week. Ian Orlikoff, owner and certified arborist, says it’s hard to offer an average price for removal costs because each case is unique.

“It really depends on landscaping around it. Possible targets may be a koi pond, a skylight. Anything could be a possible problem you’re going to have to take into account. Sometimes you have to use several ropes, when you have a large tree hanging over a house,” said Orlikoff.

From what he’s seen of the nuisance trees at 7050 Trail Blvd., “I would have to say they’re pretty simple. If there are some trees that are hanging over the wires of the house we’d have to take our time cutting them safely.”

The company’s next task is getting the stumps out of the yard for grading. But first, his company contacts Sunshine State One Call of Florida, the nonprofit, state-funded hot line that notifies all pertinent utilities to locate and mark, free of charge, any underground utilities on a property.

“That way, when they start grinding, they won’t be running into anything,” Orlikoff explained. Florida law requires excavators, including homeowners, to call 811 two full business days before digging, with fines from $250 to $5,000 for a failure to notify.

Orlikoff says he’s glad to be working on a project that will show Southwest Florida how to conserve; he’s a volunteer with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and has used his skills and bucket truck on projects such as returning two fallen baby eagles to a nest in Foxfire on March 13.

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