A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.
But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.
Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.
In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.
Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed.
“Should we be grateful that they have put festive bows on them?” she asked. “It is especially ironic because I recently tried finding a city site where our family could donate a tree ($750 is what we would have been willing to contribute). At least 10 parks, all over the city, are not accepting tree donations.
“Maybe they should start accepting donations toward street trees.”
It is no surprise that trees in planters succumb to the elements. We were once told by the city that the average lifespan of a street tree is no more than five years, an indication of the challenges of planting a tree on a sidewalk.
We went to the Danforth and found a half-dozen trees along the north side that had died and been cut off about one metre above the top of the planter. We also saw many others with thick trunks that were clearly thriving, an indication that the city’s effort to add greenery to the streetscape is worth it.
STATUS: Andrew Pickett, a policy and project adviser with urban forestry, emailed to say “the trees in question are City-owned and are scheduled for replacement in the spring/summer of 2018. The one metre stems have been left in the containers to enable root extraction with our crane.”
CLARIFICATION: In our Thursday column, we identified Stephanie Sinclair, Marketing manager for Toronto Redi-Mix, by her maiden name. Sorry, Stephanie.
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Source : TheStar