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Hmmm…well this grouping of grasses is certainly not attractive.
Bad pruning and even poorer maintenance are the problems.
I understand that it’s easy to use a hedge trimmer to whack the grasses. But that’s lazy maintenance. And results in ugly “tabletop-like” grasses. If the landscapers are going to use trimmers like that, they should at least trim them down shorter so they don’t look so terrible. The bad pruning can also lead to the grass’s death. In the above photo, half the grass didn’t survive the whack job – you can see it’s all brown down below. That grass is not coming back to life.
The other problem is that the grasses need to be thinned so that new growth has the space it needs. But of course, dividing the clumps takes time, and no one wants to pay for that. So the grasses suffer.
And my eyes suffer, too!
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I drive over to the city’s west side a couple of times a week, and when I do, it’s impossible not to notice the missed opportunities landscaping-wise. There are empty medians, medians filled with dead and dying plants, and then all the areas with improperly pruned plants, like here:
Butchered is a better description than improperly pruned.
Looks like many of the Apache Plume have already died from the injustice – note the gaps between plants:
They should be full and wispy, and not box-shaped.
These photos aren’t that great – it’s absolutely terrifying driving on the west side, much less pulling over to photograph anything. (Hence no photos of the dead medians.) Sorry about that, but safety first!
The bad pruning goes on for miles.
I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.