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lasp4448
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Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
by lasp4448 on June 12th, 2013

I love to walk Mueller - alone, chatting with other(s), taking my grandkids in single or double stroller, but I do NOT like being hit by branches from overhead trees or garden-side plants, having to avoid huge bushes growing over the sidewalk, or even having to go around pots placed on the sidewalk! There are huge rosemary bushes that have grown over the sidewalk, taking up a third of it, grasses growing out over the sidewalk trying to scratch my legs, vines stretching out their tendrils to grab me, etc. PLEASE, go out and walk the sidewalk in front/ side of your house. If you are blocking the sidewalk at all, please trim the plants back. This needs to be done regularly now, because everything is growing like crazy. THANK YOU!!!
 
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Ms Ice Monkey
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Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
by Ms Ice Monkey on June 13th, 2013

Thank you for posting this. We are working on our pruning and trimming, and it is an ongoing battle!

I would like to add to this plea - please, please do not take it upon yourself to "trim" your neighbors trees. We are in a major drought, and trees throughout the neighborhood are suffering. For months, we have found limbs torn from our sycamore trees, which are not doing well and we have tried to trim as conservatively as possible. I've spotted downed limbs on neighbors' lawns and even in our parks as well. When branches are torn rather than trimmed properly, it leaves a jagged end that may be an avenue for pests and disease, especially in sick trees. Please be courteous and talk with your neighbors or leave a note if there is an issue.
 
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misselaine
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Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
by misselaine on June 13th, 2013

Yes, thanks for posting! I hate doing the limbo with two dogs and a baby strapped to me. I also posted about this and mentioned that you have to be able to walk not just down the center of your sidewalk, but on either side without be tagged by something. And trees grow taller if the lower branches are removed! Of course, I now have to go prune a couple of roses myself that seem to want to actively reach out towards passerbys....
 
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Murmur
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Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
by Murmur on June 14th, 2013

Many neighborhood trees have not been properly trimmed up so that branches clear the sidewalk. This is the responsibility of the homeowner (unless you live in a multi-family unit and pay the associated higher HOA fees). They will regret neglecting this maintenance as the trees get older. Arborists are not that expensive.
 
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C. Frimire
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by C. Frimire on June 15th, 2013

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...Arborists are not that expensive.


However most honest arborists will tell you that the best time to prune/trim your trees is in the winter, when they are less susceptible to disease and invasive worm damage.  So...

You all need to put down your pruning shears, along with the pitchforks and torches of indignation you gave gathered along the way, and wait for January.
 
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Murmur
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by Murmur on June 15th, 2013

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You all need to put down your pruning shears, along with the pitchforks and torches of indignation you gave gathered along the way, and wait for January.


Yes, let's pick up pitchforks of hyperbole instead.
 
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kerry
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by kerry on June 15th, 2013

FYI- I think the arborists are plenty busy from the drought because I couldn't get one to touch a tree of mine for less than hundreds of dollars.
This past winter I contacted several highly recommended certified arborists to give me bids to prune my two sycamores and cedar elm and only two companies responded. One charged an $85 consultation fee just to get a bid and the fee would not be applied to future work. The other company repeatedly wasted my time by not showing up to scheduled meetings at my house, not returning my calls and emails, etc.
Reluctantly, I ended up doing some research and doing some basic pruning myself. I'll try contacting someone new this winter and hopefully have better luck.
 
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misselaine
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by misselaine on June 15th, 2013

I know it is best to prune at certain times of year, but it sucks for the walkers if it wasn't done at said times and now the branches are in the way. So, we wait another cycle and hope people get around to it next time? Bummer. I do realize that probably a lot of people who don't prune are not on this forum, so the message probably falls on deaf ears and the non-pruners probably have no idea that they should be pruning. Sigh.
 
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cmick
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Plea to Mueller neighbors for clear sidewalks
by cmick on June 15th, 2013

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You all need to put down your pruning shears, along with the pitchforks and torches of indignation you gave gathered along the way, and wait for January.


I haven't noticed any righteous indignation in this chain. The purpose of this discussion seems to me a legitimate concern for clear sidewalk passage. Some people may not even be aware of the problem; maybe they aren't walkers or runners, and only access their home through their garages. I think accusing people of "righteous indignation" for expressing concerns on this forum stifles the flow of communication.
 
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C. Frimire
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by C. Frimire on June 16th, 2013

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by Murmer
... Yes, let's pick up pitchforks of hyperbole instead.

By cmick
... I think accusing people of "righteous indignation" for expressing concerns on this forum stifles the flow of communication.


Cmick,
I disagree. It seems to have had no stifling effect on this particular thread. I think Murmer (and hopefully others) understand that I am trying to colorfully illustrate a point.

Apparently you missed it, so I will spell it out:

1) It's the wrong time of year to prune, so there's nothing to be done for 6 months no matter how annoying it may be.
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2) While this problem may be real, it's still a pretty good problem to have as far as problems go. Our babies aren't starving and dying from disease. We are free to hold and proclaim openly our individual values and beliefs. We aren't being denied the opportunity to pursue meaningful livelihoods. In other words, we've got it pretty good and I personally believe it's important to keep a little perspective on these things. Having to sidestep the occasional low hanging branch certainly qualifies as a First World Problem.

Clearly, I was not trying to insult you or any other contributor to this discussion. If I did, than please accept my apology.
Think of my comments as a series of overlooked, unpruned branches, tapping you on the shoulder or (depending on how you take it) whacking you in the face, as you innocently stroll along the mostly manicured sidewalks of this cyberworld.
 
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