The arborists for whom I worked generally tagged only trees that needed to be removed. They did not want to apply pain to trees that would remain within their respective landscapes. Other inspecting arborists who work for various utility establishments generally tag trees with single dots of particular colors that indicated the need for particular procedures, or to indicate which utility cable is most relevant to the need for such procedures. Such dots are not too obtrusive for trees that needed pruning for clearance of utility cables, but would remain within their respective landscape.
Horticulture is not all about growing things. If everyone was out planting trees, the World would eventually be overwhelmed with forest. It is sometimes necessary to cut trees down. There are several at work that we have been wanting to cut down for quite a while. Some are structurally deficient enough to eventually become hazardous, which is unacceptable in public spaces.
Even here among some of the oldest trees in the World, nothing last forever. Coast live oak, like that in the picture above, has potential to survive for centuries, but eventually succumbs to decay and disease. If fact, this particular specimen is doing it right now. If not cut down soon, it will eventually fall onto an adjacent building and a parking lot below. Its days are numbered.
Literally, it will be cut down on Monday morning, along with a few other coast live oaks and bay laurels in…
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