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Re: WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping

When I lived in Kansas City eight years ago, we had a FREAK early snow in OCTOBER. It was the big, heavy wet flakes that stick. The leaves had not fallen off the trees yet! So the weight of the snow snapped tree branches all over the city and we were without power for seven days. Three people died because they walked out into their yards...in the snow...with power lines down and they were electrocuted. I worked for a company that owned the utility company that had to answer the question of "WHY didn't they trim the trees away from the power lines??" Well, so many people had complained they hadn't done it for 2-3 years. It was a huge mess to deal with.

Jesse Rene' Bell
Claremore, OK
Zone 6

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


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)

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