Thank you for stopping by the Southern Indiana Master Gardener Association (SWIMGA) website. The below pictures were taken at the Display Gardens by the Boy Scouts of America building on Lloyd Expressway.
VANDERBURGH COUNTY AND AREA ALERT:
Unlicensed Tree Workers Ripping Off Local Customers
We received this notice from Shawn Dickerson, the Evansville City Arborist, who asked us to share:
“Recently our office (Evansville Dept. of Urban Forestry) was made aware of some men from Kentucky going door to door offering to do tree work. These men are not licensed to do tree work in Evansville, [which is a violation of Evansville city ordinances].
“They were paid up front by two different people on 2 different sides of town, did half the work and took off, never coming back to finish work they were paid to do. We had a similar incident happen last year…one week before Christmas, a group from Illinois came to Evansville and did the same thing to three home owners on 3 different sides of town.
“These people are very difficult to catch, and, unless a contract is signed by the customer, there is little the police can do about it either. We highly recommend that homeowners only hire tree companies that are licensed [in Evansville] and insured. Do not take their word for this, but call our office to verify if they have a license and if they are insured. We also recommend to NEVER pay people up front to do tree work. Wait until the work is done to your satisfaction before you pay them. Have some sort of contract written up with both your signatures, and make sure you get a copy.
“If you are approached by someone going door to door looking for tree work and if you suspect they are not licensed, please call our office to let us know. Also, please call us if you see people doing tree work in your neighborhood that do not have business names or labels on their trucks. There is a good chance that those people may not be licensed.”
Shawn Dickerson, City Arborist
Department of Urban Forestry
1000 Oak Hill Rd.
Evansville, IN 47711
SWIMGA MEMBERS: The page “SWIMGA Master Gardener Events/Activities/Forms” has Code Explanations and necessary forms to document your volunteer hours. Click here for more information.
The pictures below were taken by Walter and Shirley Everett, used by permission. Stop by the Display Gardens and watch fall blooms close out the summer in our many gardens!
Also – check out the beautiful sculpture that has just been donated to our Display Gardens. Click here for more information.