STX - Large tree to remove
Looking for a recommendation for removal of a very large mahogany tree on STX. Roots are causing cracks in cisterns.
Call Cheech at The Leap.
They aren't listed in the ph book but someone here might know how to contact him.
I thought mahogany trees of certain size are protected?
They aren't protected. Although they are majestic, they are fast-growing and short-lived. The small-leafed mahogany, Swietenia mahagoni, will grow to full size and will often succumb to disease within 100 years; less if there is good water nearby. Drought years will slow their growth, but in rainy years they can put on as many as three rings, and they are very prolific, so grab a mahogany nut from a tree you like and plant them! Soaking the seeds in water for about a month will improve their germination rate.
For future reference, the number for St. Croix LEAP (Learning and Environmental Arts Project) is 340.772.0421.