Death by lawn

Barbara Eisenstein at Wild Suburbia blog asks whether humans were partly to blame for the large number of trees felled by high winds in California last week.

I jog daily at Garfield Park and I can say with certainty the park is maintained to protect the grass, not the trees. The grass extends right under these beautiful oaks and is watered year around. The soil is usually soggy. The trees look okay … except when they don’t. Over the years the oaks have been disappearing. Some fall, some die standing. Looking at the roots of the newly fallen, one is struck by how small they seem.

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About Dave Bonta

I live in an Appalachian hollow in the Juniata watershed of central Pennsylvania, and spend a great deal of time walking in the woods. My books of poetry include FAILED STATE: HAIBUN, ICE MOUNTAIN: AN ELEGY, BREAKDOWN: BANJO POEMS, and ODES TO TOOLS.

Posted on December 6, 2011, in Urban trees, Windthrow and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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