Things I See Around Town: Criminal Activity?

Yesterday I came upon stark evidence that a heinous crime had been committed.

This is unquestionably a case of first degree Crape Murder. A dastardly deed. In plain view 0f the public. Brazen. Condoned by the “Landscape Committee.” Why they probably paid so-called outside “professionals” to do the dirty deed.

I am barely able to consider the pain and suffering these three sturdy examples of treehood had to endure. And closer examination of the evidence strongly suggests that this wasn’t the first time they had been treated to such harsh treatment.

What’s next? Surely they won’t have those handsome evergreens cut down into basketballs.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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7 Responses to Things I See Around Town: Criminal Activity?

  1. Speir Barbara says:

    John, why do they keep doing this to crape myrtles? I see it wherever I drive in Myers Park and Eastover in front of million dollar homes where they are almost treating them like a tall hedge because they must be trying to maintain a certain height for the “look” they want. Beats me why any shrubbery is constantly pruned improperly year after year. Hand pruning is only for those of us who appreciate the proper care of plants. All over Charlotte they sheer of all the new growth leaving sticks creating leggy lollipops! You are preaching to the choir with me. Thank you for speaking out about this atrocity! How do they prune at Windsor Run? Maybe you can educate the people who work there. I have made no progress here so I pay to have my trees and bushes pruned professionally! It makes me happy.


  2. I have to say that I have never cut mine and they are up to the second story, but have less flowers.


  3. Chloris says:

    Cruelty to trees. You see a lot of this in France it makes me cringe.


  4. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Chloris, for joining in. It’s discouraging to see these things so widespread.


  5. A hit job, for sure!

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