The trimming of trees is an art unto itself

On the Trail


It’s a funny thing about trees: Left to shift in their natural state in wildland parks, they may grow exceedingly tall, wide and shaggy. Limbs may snap in the wind, leaving jagged stubs. Wildfires may scorch trunks.

In landscaped community parks, the hand of man is more often evident. Sometimes the hand is heavy, guilty of what we tree huggers might label “butchery.” The practice of “topping” trees is frowned upon in some enlightened communities, as is the habit of cutting back so severe...

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