Crepe Murder 2014 — Caught in the Act!

March 16, 2014 | By | Comments (1)
Crepe Murder 2014

Wonder why they need a bucket truck? Photo: Stephanie Gillespie

Has this happened to you? One day, you have a beautiful tree growing in front of your house. Then out of the blue, a mysterious truck appears. A person gets out and looks at your tree. You think, “That’s weird,” but since life is weird in general, you forget about it and go about your business. The next time you look, the top half of your tree lies in a pile of branches on the street.

Crepe Murder 2014

Oh! That’s why! Photo: Stephanie Gillespie

As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!” Highly trained personnel from the power or cable company have judged your tree to be murder-worthy. Now they could have consulted you before committing this crime, but…………..WHAT AM I SAYING? This is the power or cable company!

Thanks to Stephanie Gillespie for entering these chilling photos in Crepe Murder 2014. She reports that when she approached the person from the cable company seen in the top photo about the operation, the woman said, “We made your tree better.” Stephanie does not agree. Having had the same thing happen in my front yard last year, neither do I.

As winner #9 in Crepe Murder 2014, Stephanie will receive a lavender ‘Early Bird’ dwarf crepe myrtle that never needs pruning from our Southern Living Plant Collection. And if you’re wondering how to properly prune a crepe myrtle, check out “Crepe Myrtle Pruning Step-By-Step.”


  1. Colin McKnight

    I suspect that, unlike the power company, the cable company usually has a time-limited franchise (at least they do here in NY), and must re-apply to the municipality for permission to do business in a community on a periodic basis (every 5 or ten years, I believe). If the cable company is guilty of crimes against trees, a complaint file should be started with the municipality to ensure that such criminal behavior is documented the next time the company applies for a franchise renewal or extension. That will be the time to get them to change their errant ways. Do not let this kind of behavior on their part go unrecorded.
    Ironically, here in NY, I’ve never seen a cable company lift a finger to trim a tree. That butchering is always left to the power company, so we don’t have the luxury of holding the cable company’s feet to the fire over this particular issue.

    March 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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