Thursday, March 31, 2011

Edward Scissorhands, Where Are You?

There may be the threat of snow in the air today, but tomorrow is the first day of April. As spring approaches, attention is drawn to the bushes and shrubs around town, watching for buds and new growth, and this in turn causes one to wonder why the DPW workers who wield the hedge trimmers in our parks find it desirable to carve bushes and shrubs of various species into a single brutally uniform shape.


  1. Thank you Carole for this observation.
    I thought I was the only one who noticed.
    How silly of me!
    Hudsons abused shrubbery would look better dead in most instances - or is that the vision the DPW is going for ?!

  2. I don't know much about shrub-keeping (as my own will attest), but this basic I remember: if a shrub is trimmed so that the top is "wider" than the bottom, the bottom branches will be shaded, lose leaves, and eventually die out. For years I worked with a shrub at a community garden, following this guideline, and by the third year the lower branches had mostly come back to life!