Butchery, But Who's to Blame?

Tree topping (technically pollarding) unfortunately is a somewhat common practice, especially on the south side of Indianapolis (see photo) and in rural areas. The result is a hideous look, especially when leafless, AND is not healthy for the plant. So, who is to blame--the person who planted the fast-growing weedy species (like the native crappy riparian silver maple in the above photo) believing that it would stop growing when they wanted, or that they could prune into control, OR the drive thru the neighborhood pseudo arborists (shyster?) preying on naive homeowners, often giving them exactly what they want; i.e., a temporarily smaller plant that looks like what their neighbor has? Let

Rant of the Month

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.