When asked which trees are vulnerable to a hurricane, Oliver Bevins of Bevins Tree & Crane Service said, “Every kind of tree is vulnerable in a hurricane. If a homeowner is concerned about a tree, perhaps it threatens the house, the power lines or could block the driveway, the best thing to do is call a tree expert. I recommend getting a certified arborist to look at the tree. We have one on staff. A certified arborist can tell if a tree is diseased or weakened even if it looks healthy and can advise the homeowner on how to protect himself and his property.”
“Tree work is dangerous. We put safety first. I’ve spent countless hours in classes on safety and I pay my staff to attend them as well. Tree work is not the place to go Cheap Charlie.”
Bevins started helping his dad as a child in the family logging business in the Adirondacks in New York. He felled his first tree at the age of twelve. By the time he left his dad’s company in his early twenties, he was adept at scaling tall trees and working a chainsaw.
“Sometimes I get applicants who say they have experience. I can tell if they do or not by how they handle a chainsaw.”
When Bevins first started his business in Brooksville, he did a lot of logging work. He also chased storms, Hurricane David in Homestead and Hurricane Frances in North Carolina. Oliver Bevins Crane & Tree Service has had a 5 Star rating on Yelp for many years so his Brooksville business now keeps him close to home. He does very little logging these days but always recycles as much wood as possible.
Oliver Bevins is also the pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Brooksville. His tree business and pastor’s duties require him to be flexible but he loves what he does. He lives with his wife and youngest son in Brooksville.