Shopping center trees are hacked, not pruned
I agree the writer of “Allow trees to do what they’re intended to do” (Letters, July 29): Shopping centers have trees trimmed back to small round balls. I also believe some aren’t carefully pruned, they’re hacked. Unless it’s an old established mall, most of the shade trees are not pruned properly.
Also, shade trees should never be topped. They also should have enough room to grow to their natural size and form. The way some are consistently trimmed back, they will never achieve the shade goal. If they need pruning, it should be structural pruning. It’s aesthetically pleasing and should maintain the tree’s natural shape.
It’s too bad the landscape architects who designed the centers and chose the trees to be planted can’t designate who the tree trimmers, oops, tree pruners will be.