more about: Bradford pear

Let’s Ban These Stinking Trees!

The Tree Centre has been in a tireless campaign against the awful Bradford pear is finally bearing fruit. This tree is now officially banned for planting throughout the Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan area. If Pittsburgh can do it, why can’t we all?

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Fall Color to Die For — Literally

It’s the beginning of fall. You emerge one morning to find that your tree has suddenly turned color a good 4 to 6 weeks early. You find this delightful. You’re not so happy when your tree fails to leaf out next spring. What the heck happened? Is the Big Guy mad at you?

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Power Company Pruning — Part II

Well, it’s been an eventful couple of days since I returned from vacation to find my sugar maple and crepe myrtle butchered by the power company. Grumpy met yesterday with John Morris, a certified arborist and registered forester with Alabama Power, to see if we could come to a mutually satisfactory solution.

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I Just Hate Bradford Pears!

If there’s a pretty white tree in front of your house in spring, chances are it’s Bradford pear. And it looks something like this. What’s wrong with that, you say? Here are just a few of the imperfections Grumpy refuses to tolerate.   1. Bradford pear has a very weak branching structure. So when a nice 30-foot tall tree encounters […]

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Five Awful Plants for the Front of Your House

Sometimes in order to get people to do something good, you have to make them understand what’s bad. With that thought in mind, I’ve selected five of the worst things you can plant in front of your house. Some are ugly; some are monstrous; some get bugs and disease; and some manage to do all of these things. Undoubtedly, some […]

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Bradford Pear — Tuna on a Trunk

“What’s that awful smell?” my son demanded the other day. “It’s all over the neighborhood.” Had our next-door neighbor reopened his glue factory? Had week-old shrimp rained from the sky? Had banking execs awarded themselves more million-dollar bonuses? Nope. The stench was emanating from the prettiest trees on the street.  

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Bradford Pear — Tuna on a Trunk

“What’s that awful smell?” my son demanded the other day. “It’s all over the neighborhood.” Had our next-door neighbor reopened his glue factory? Had week-old shrimp rained from the sky? Had banking execs awarded themselves more million-dollar bonuses? Nope. The stench was emanating from the prettiest trees on the street.  

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