Palm trees can be quite invasive and can even take over the home.
And that’s exactly what’s happening in Miami, Florida, where one family is fighting to save one of its trees.
“The tree has already come into my house and it’s already started eating my garden,” said Mary Jane Riggs, who has a 1-year-old palm tree in her yard.
“It’s taking over the kitchen and everything, it’s eating the leaves.”
The tree was in the middle of taking over her driveway, which is where Riggs lives with her husband and their three children.
Riggs said she went to get the tree checked out because it had started growing up in the trees.
But the tree began to chew through the soil and it began to grow bigger, pushing the garden furniture and patio into the ground.
“When it started to grow it was a whole tree that had taken over the backyard,” said Riggs.
“The tree had to be removed from my yard.”
But Riggs and her husband are fighting to have the tree removed.
The Riggs family is not alone in their fight to save the tree.
An increasing number of homeowners are finding their own way to preserve trees.
And some are fighting back with a simple but powerful tool.
The Palm Tree Removal Toolkit was created by the Palm Tree Restoration Project.
The Palm Tree Preservation Society has teamed up with the PalmTree.org website to provide people with a free Palm Tree Removing Toolkit.
“We wanted to take the opportunity to help people who have already been through a great deal with the tree,” said Karen Harkness, PalmTree Restoration Project Coordinator.
Harkness and her team spent several months researching the best tool for homeowners.
“We did our research, we researched the palm trees,” said Harknesses.
“And we actually found that the best thing to do is to use this Palm Tree Trim tool, which has a very small hole, so the tree can’t just sit there and chew away at the soil, because the tree has to be pulled out.”
Harknesses said that after her tree had been removed, she was able to get a great number of comments on her Facebook page.
“I think that there is definitely a community of people that are saying, ‘Thank you for taking care of this tree,'” said Harksness.
Harksness said that even though the tree was removed, it is still a threat to people in the neighborhood, because it can grow to such a large size.
The team of homeowners has also been contacted by others who have also been fighting to get rid of the tree, including Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
Ross is the owner of the Miami Dolphins, but he and his family have not been impacted by the palm tree.
“As long as I live here, it’ll stay there, it won’t get anywhere,” said Ross.
“If we can’t get rid the tree now, the tree will eventually be here.
The problem is the tree is not going anywhere, it will always be there.”
The team has also taken donations from people across the world, including the National Park Service and a group of local business owners.
Hakala has been doing tree removal for years.
“There’s a lot of people, I’ve met a lot, who say that they just don’t want to deal with it anymore,” said Hakala.
“They don’t like the fact that you have to cut down trees to get them to move.”