To reduce woody vegetation in and along right-of-ways and easements, a butchering device attached to a tractor is used by municipalities and state road crews to "knock back" or reduce the incursion. The result is a disfiguring and hideous butchery. I asked a state forester if this type of "pruning" is used because testing has proved it to be more effective. The answer was no, rather it was simply based on financial consideration. ADVICE: If woody vegetation is encroaching along a roadway, and you do not want this butchery, do the pruning yourself. Better yet, rather than pruning, completely remove the problem species--much easier done when the plants are young, making certain to remove

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Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.