They’ve struck again: the tree manglers hired by Con Edison to “trim” trees near overhead power lines.
Trees are being mutilated and disfigured by the manglers cutting the centers out of trees or taking off the branches on one side of certain trees. One large tree that I saw on 45th Avenue in Auburndale now has all of its branches on one side of its trunk.
It has been destabilized. During the next fierce storm, that tree is ready to keel over right onto the house it is in front of. The person living there has a big problem and she is aware of it.
ConEd, in its usual arrogant way, claim that they have to do it this way. They act like the trees belong to them. Apparently they have never heard of careful and sensitive pruning that would protect the power lines while retaining the shape and health of the trees.
Their supervisors and public relations people need to act on and correct this outrageous situation. Street trees belong to all of us and they must be taken care of properly.
Perhaps the ultimate solution is to place all of the power lines underground. Not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for safety reasons and the reduced chance of power failure due to storms.