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Act in the name of love to save valued trees

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Act in the name of love to save valued trees

When it comes to children, you know the difference between love and neglect. When you love your children, you feed and nurture them, and you take proactive measures to ensure they are happy and healthy.

Ignoring children is not a sign of love. Allowing children to live on their own as they darn well please is not a sign of love. You will soon wind up with children who are messy, selfish, mean and uncontrollable. Neglected children are not a pretty sight.

While the difference between love and neglect is clear to see when it comes to children, apparently the distinction is not so obvious when it comes to trees.

I am frequently floored when I hear some folks say: “I love trees.”

The reason I am so astounded when I hear these three simple words is that so often I am observing some of the most neglected trees I have ever had the displeasure to come in contact with. However, some folks “love trees” but don’t want to protect them by taking proactive measures. Does that make sense?

There really are two categories of folks who neglect trees in the name of love. The first group truly doesn’t know any better. If you are in this group, I hope you will reassess your approach to tree care after reading today’s column.

Now, let’s see how I can be delicate about describing this second group.

OK — I give up. I’ll be blunt instead. The second group of folks who neglect trees in the name of love is just downright lazy when it comes to tree care and attempts to justify neglect in the name of love.

Think of the trees in your yard the way you think of the teeth in your mouth. I hope you love your teeth.

It’s not enough to simply say, “I love pretty teeth.” Merely mouthing these words will not make it happen. You have to be proactive in your tooth care, or you will have cavities. You have to brush your teeth. And — most dreaded of all — you have to go to the dentist, who will prod, straighten and pull your teeth to make them pretty.

Ironically, tree care and tooth care have a lot in common. Both cost the same amount of money. Going to the dentist and hiring an arborist are way down on anyone’s list of things they would rather be doing. However, if you want pretty teeth and if you truly love trees, dentists and arborists are facts of life.


Written by vaphc

August 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Posted in Trees

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