Needless to say, the cartoon below about street tree trimming in Alameda, California certainly depicts some of the worst examples that could be seen across the country. Here in the Midwest, the top-left image is more often referred to as “goal post” or “touchdown” instead of “crotch,” but all three nicknames get the point across.
All too often trimming done by utilities and road departments eventually ends up looking like the bottom row. At that point, it is hardly a tree any longer.
What seems to be forgotten by those wielding the chain saws and decision-making authority is that most street trees are an essential and beneficial part of a community’s infrastructure. Here is a weblink to a very useful and informative document by Dan Burden describing the 22 reasons while street trees benefit your community. Cheers!