|He's dead, Jim... No, really dead.|
It's time for a new installment of "He's Dead, Jim...!"
This poor tree is still standing on the block where I live. That cut branch between the right and the center of the photo, a little above the middle of the photo has bedeviled me more than once. Either the homeowner doesn't ever walk the sidewalk out front, or is perhaps shorter than five feet six, but that branch, before it was cut and to this day requires a person as tall as I am to be looking ahead or else! I about had a major 'or else' last night as I walked home from a movie.
The plantings on this property are loaded with sad choices and indifferent care. This one ranks as a public nuisance and keeping a dead tree in your front yard is a sad reflection of how we treat trees. Our society doesn't seem to acknowledge that trees are alive and are powerful beings in their own right. We cut them without any kind of appreciation of the way they live - giving such jobs to the lowest bidder - and we approach them like, well, blocks of wood. I could give a clinic on how not to prune trees on just about any block in Los Angeles, certainly here on my block and in the trees of The Learning Garde which are pruned by the lowest bidder to the Unified School District and not a soul in the crew that has cut our trees has the slightest knowledge of the internal workings of a tree - they butcher them with gusto. I am not far from an avocado that is dying from lousy pruning and it breaks my heart.
I heard earlier today that Oregon's Supreme Court has declared that dogs are people too. It took a long time for the majority of Americans to acknowledge that pets are sentient beings, deserving of respect and appreciation like humans - soon we will be able to grant that plants are ever bit as sentient as we are - even if we show that sentience in different ways. Scientists already agree that trees send messages to one another through their extensive root systems and fungi that populate those roots.
What trees do in communicating with one another is amazing.
This poor tree/shrub has been dead for almost 10 years - it needs to be chipped up and added to a garden as a part of a pathway. I'm not sure I would recommend this home owner get a replacement unless they undergo "Plant Sensitivity" training.
I'll teach that course...
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