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RE: WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping

Oh, Daryl - that's maybe the most sickening story I've heard in a long
while.  I can just imagine how you felt - I would have been so incensed
I would have been totally out of control and quite possibly lethal!

Zone 7 - West TN 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Daryl
Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 1:43 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] WAS Royal Paulownia NOW tree topping


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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