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Landscaper Dies on the Job in Howard County

Michael Dingle, of Catonsville, owned Natural Way Design and Landscaping.

The owner of a Catonsville landscaping company who was cutting down a tree in Clarksville fell to his death along with part of the tree Tuesday, according to Howard County Police.

Police found Michael Joseph Dingle, 40, unconscious and not breathing when they responded to the 8500 block of Reservoir Road just after 10 a.m. 

According to police, Dingle, owner of Natural Way Design and Landscaping, was working in a tree with all of the rigging attached. Police say Dingle and his employee removed the top 15 – 20 feet of the tree; it went as planned.

After removing the top of the tree, however, the trunk uprooted, according to police. Dingle fell about 50 feet while still attached to the tree.

When police and EMS arrived, they were unable to resuscitate Dingle, according to police. He was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital shortly after 11 a.m. 

According to the Natural Way website, Dingle was born and raised in Catonsville, starting his own business after having worked with another local landscaping business.

He was interested in using native plants and organic materials, according to the website, and made house calls to help customers create natural, organic habitats.

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Greg Davidson January 30, 2013 at 09:25 PM
We never know when its our time and I hope Michael's was painless. RIP and sincere condolences to his family and friends.
marty popp January 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM
My heart goes out to his wife and little one and his family. Mike helped me when is was struggling to find work and made contacts to keep on my feet. I will miss you Mike...
dennis gray January 31, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Have some respect for those Mike left behind. Mike was my friend and he was a lover of nature and a true outdoorsman.. Your comment is completely inappropriate and distasteful.
George January 31, 2013 at 02:00 AM
I did not know this man but as a landscaper i know his passion. The only condolance i can give would be to say he is now in the garden of Eden, may he rest in peace.
Steve Kelehan February 04, 2013 at 06:29 PM
"THE FRIENDS OF MICHAEL DINGLE" are hosting a remembrance party for the benefit of his spouse and daughter. Saturday April 13 12-5 at the Avalon Area of the Patapsco park. The hope is to throw the kind of bash Mike would have enjoyed. Fliers will be posted around Catonsville in the coming weeks.

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