Tree and shrub stylists hit or miss

On the Trail

At the end of Langspur Court in Westlake Village’s First Neighborhood is a young coast live oak that outgrew its tidy dome shape and sprouted dreadlocks. I could empathize. I’d just had a very bad haircut and suddenly every severely pruned tree or topiary shrub that crossed my field of vision got me boo-hooing anew.

I began wearing wide-brimmed hats and stalking through neighborhoods to check out the hair-raising results of lopper-mania on trees and shrubs that had no say whatsoever on th...

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