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Wendy Butler Burt wants mutilation of roadway trees to stop

Comments re article 45449 Charles Marshburn finds scholarly work on hat racking trees

By Wendy Butler Burt

Thanks to my friend Charles Marshburn for letting me know of additional terms for the appalling practice of tree topping.

And let's not forget about another local tree mutilation practice carried out by the county road department when they "trim" roadsides by shredding/grating trees or anything else that gets in the way of what I've come to call their "roadside tree mutilator" equipment.

But, back to tree topping...The topic is addressed in the UK Extension Service's Master Gardener class. In fact, the exam I was required to take before being certified as a Master Gardener included a multiple choice question about tree topping. It went something like this.
"The practice of tree topping: a) leads to tree disease, insect infestation, and decay; b) is roundly condemned by trained arborists; c) leads to premature death of the tree; d) all of the above.
The answer, of course, is d). Tree topping is a deplorable practice that both defaces and destroys. --Wendy Butler Burt

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