He has cut down 15 trees since dry spell started

He has cut down 15 trees since dry spell started
The dry season has affected landscape companies because they have to choose between conserving water and saving the plants.

The lingering dry spell is burning a hole in the pockets of horticulturists, who help to keep the Garden City green.

Mr M. Palanichamy, the owner of Good View Gardening & Landscape Construction, said that since the dry season started, he has cut down 15 trees, which were valued at a total of around $20,000.

He even had to chop down a dead tree that had been there for three years because he was worried that it would fall and cause serious damage.

Mr Palanichamy, 50, said this is the worst dry spell he has seen in Singapore since coming here 28 years ago from India.

His company takes care of the landscaping and plants of more than 150 condominiums, schools and private estates around the island.

Like most horticulturists, his contract with his clients states that he has to replace all plants that die.

The dry spell will cost him, but he was not willing to disclose how much he will have to spend replacing the dead plants.

But to get a sense of the money involved: One client spent about $30,000 on the landscaping for his bungalow in Berkshire Road, just off Alexandra Road, but it has been devastated by the dry spell that killed most of the shrubs, pearl grass and even some palm trees.

Mr Palanichamy said: "The client called asking to replace the plants, but there's no point because they will die in this weather."

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