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Re: WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping

  • To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping
  • From: "Daryl" <pulis@mindspring.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 14:42:54 -0500
  • References: <85.8455304.2d9cbf77@aol.com>


Our county has the same. They rip miles and miles of limbs off the trees
with the same justification. Here, of course, we do have ice storms every
year or two. The only problem is that the machine can only go about 15'
high, so if they miss a road for a few years, the branches are all *above
their reach, and hanging over the road.

One year, they were apparently so frustrated that they cut right to the wire
on about 300' of my fence line, then came back and gave it a buzz cut at
fence level. Never mind that 160 of those feet were 8x8' shrub roses chosen
to just hide the fence while staying away from the road. That was the front
yard. The side had several dozen native trees and shrubs, again chosen to
hide the fence, while also providing wildlife habitat. And then there were
the pines and the oak at the corner, limbs shredded as you describe.
I was physically ill when I saw the destruction as I drove home from work
that evening.

Daryl ( near "Deliverance" territory)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Zemuly@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 7:42 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping

> Our county has this implement that I call the tree chewing machine.  It is
> like a tractor with this huge cutting blade that is perpendicular to the
> tractor.  Maybe it could be used parallel to the ground, but that's not
done here.
> Anyway, the idiot drives goes real slow next to the shoulder of the road,
> this blade "chews" the limbs off the trees, leaving great strands of bark
> hanging at the ends of the "nubs."  The purpose of this exercise,
according to
> county government, is to prevent limbs from falling on the road in the
event of an
> ice storm.  We do get ice storms -- every 15 years or so.  It's the
> Clampett's home turf, I tell you!
> zem
> zone 7
> West TN

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