Disabled man needs overgrown branches removed - WNEM TV 5

Disabled man needs overgrown branches removed

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A local man's home is surrounded by vacant properties as well as the trees and bushes growing wild in those yards.

What started as an annoyance is quickly becoming desperation as a disability now keeps him from preventing the growth from overtaking his own yard.

"If I come outside and I look up, there is no sky, there's mostly just a big black curtain,” Michael Dixon said.

Dixon is describing the current condition of his backyard in Saginaw due to overgrown tress and branches from neighboring homes that are invading his property.

"We have a lot of vacant homes, a couple of them have been abandoned and now they're condemned and the trees have overgrown around these homes and now basically they're coming over on my property,” Dixon said.

Dixon has attempted to keep up with the growing foliage but due to a disability and a fixed income it's become too much to handle.

"Basically it's these trees from this other parcel of land over here that has just invaded my home and is more or less laying up on my gutter system,” he said.

Dixon’s property is surrounded by a fence but the neighboring trees have begun to grow over and even through that fence. Some of the branches are now touching his roof which he says is destroying his gutters.

"My backyard and my gutters of my home are being more or less destroyed because of the leaves all falling in there, and being disabled as I am with the sugar diabetes and the sickle cell, I’m not able to climb on those ladders and do this gutter thing every year,” Dixon said.

He's been advised by doctors to avoid heavy lifting and operating machinery, so Dixon is asking for any landscaping help he can get to have the overgrown branches removed from his property.

Dixon said he and his family have been dealing with this over-growth problem for almost 10 years. He's especially fearful for when winter arrives, that's why he's asking for help right now. 

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