A WARNBRO senior is devastated that three trees in his front yard appear to have been poisoned.
Elmar Kretzer said he was left in tears after returning from holiday with his wife Eva last year to find the trees and his lawn in varying states of trauma.
Originally he thought the trees had died of natural causes in what would have been a bizarre coincidence, but he soon noticed something strange.
“The lawn around the base was black; the trees started losing their leaves… I planted the two flame trees 43 years ago when I moved here and I took great pride in them,” he said.
The trees – a gum tree and two flame trees – all contained 40-centimetre deep and nearly three-centimetre wide holes at the base of the trunk, which seem to have appeared while Mr Kretzer was away.
He believes poison was poured down the holes in a malicious act.
It appeared the bougainvillea on his property had also been targeted as it died around the same time. He said he worried every day that the perpetrator might return.
“If they can do this to my trees, imagine what they could do to a car,” he said.
While the lawn continues to recover, Mr Kretzer said the trees – one has since been removed – will more than likely have to go but he was hoping to claim the cost of removal and replacements on insurance.
He said he was awaiting a report from the police so he could proceed with the claim.
Police said that no arrests had been made but investigations were ongoing.
Mr Kretzer said he missed seeing the beautiful bloom of the flame trees every day.
“Those beautiful and healthy trees are now gone forever,” he said.