Dr. Karen McDougal, our local “tree lady,” taught botany many years at Lenoir-Rhyne University. One of her pet peeves is the “broccoli tree”—a butchered tree fit for a zombie apocalypse. You’ve seen those unsightly trunks with a few stubby limbs, or even worse, a trunk with a flat-top “haircut.” Think overly trimmed crepe myrtles.
Many of us have encountered utility tree crews. I remember them coming through our old neighborhood, destroying every sapling along the front of our wooded lot. These trees weren’t near the power lines, but they were headed in that direction. We wound up with an unsightly bare spot in front of our house and a huge mess to clean up.
I understand issues with power lines. Homeowners often don’t have a clue how large that cute maple will grow.
But for the life of me, I don’t understand why people pay big money to have a perfectly good tree butchered into an unsightly trunk with little more than fringe for branches and leaves.
Just cut the thing down and be done with it.
OK, I’m off my stump now.
Tammy Wilson is a writer who lives near Newton. Contact her at email@example.com.
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