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Monday, July 25, 2011

When good plants go bad

GreenStreet was called by the city of Ann Arbor after midnight to take care of a tree that split apart in Burns Park and was threatening to fall across a driveway and onto the sidewalk. At 2:00 a.m., as we were completing the work, a neighbor came out of his house in his pajamas and loudly complained, "Can't you see that people are trying to sleep! Do you have permit for this!?"

Uh, no, we've just been falling behind so we thought we'd run a midnight shift.

But driving through Ann Arbor at 3:00 a.m. to get back to the shop was an eye-opener. It was as if all the people you see during the day had been replaced by animals -- raccoons, possums, deer -- and skunks moseying down the sidewalks with their briefcases!

the entire lot is filled with sprouts
Another plant that went bad was a tree-of-heaven on Felch St near our office. It was cut to the ground. Then it sent up sprouts from the roots. Then these were cut down, and the number of root sprouts increased by a factor of five. Here's a picture from last week. The growth you see is from just two seasons.

I have more pictures of good plants going bad, but if you can't find the humor in a good phallic image, proceed no further. I'm serious. This could ruin my good reputation -- like the way this latest scandal at the News Corporation has marred the good reputation of Rupert Murdoch. Go ahead and click for more, but only if you promise not to hold it against me.

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