There he is. Sitting in the tree as he wacks the top off.

How To Trim A Tree Dominican Style

I am always amazed at some of the things Dominicans do and how they accomplish the end results. I have lived here since 2001 and still am amazed. So here is The View From My Balcony – Tree trimming – Tree wacking 101.

On rare occasions, I have seen people cutting trees with a chainsaw but usually they wack and hack away at the poor tree with a machete. Chopping and cutting and leaving a mangled looking mess. Tree branches are all ragged and looking all sad and damaged. But somehow the tree comes back in no time looking like its beautiful and full-bodied self. And even more amazing, the machete-wielding human survives for another day of tree-hacking.

These pictures are of a local tree trimmer and his tree hacking technique. I am watching from my balcony as the man sits atop the tree cutting – trimming the top of the poor tree with a machete in Los Molinos, Villa Duarte, Santo Domingo Este.

Watching a man trimming the top of a tree with a machete from my balcony in Los Molinos, Villa Duarte, Santo Domingo Este.

Watching a man trimming the top of a tree with a machete from my balcony in Los Molinos, Villa Duarte, Santo Domingo Este.

A close-up of the man trimming the top of a tree with a machete as seen from my balcony.

A close-up of the man trimming the top of a tree with a machete as seen from my balcony.

There he is. Sitting in the tree as he wacks the top off.

There he is. Sitting in the tree as he wacks the top off.

The tree wacker man is cleaning up arter he cut the top off the tree with his trusty machete.

The tree wacker man is cleaning up arter he cut the top off the tree with his trusty machete.

The clean up continues as the tree wacker man picks up the branches he wacked.

The clean up continues as the tree wacker man picks up the branches he wacked.

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