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Branch trimming for growth, safety begins at Comm. Ave. Mall

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  November 22, 2011 04:00 PM

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The tall, leafy trees lining the paths of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall are due for a much-needed makeover in the coming months.

The Friends of the Public Garden, a non-profit group that helps maintain the mall, Boston Common, and the Public Garden, says it is beginning to trim and prune the branches of 37 elm trees this fall, and will trim another 23 trees this winter. This is the first time elms have had their branches pruned.

The structural pruning helps distribute weight among the branches and helps older trees grow. It also can prevent falling branches and dangerous overgrowth while improving the life and longevity of the trees, according to the group

The group says the trees might “look like a poodle right after a bath,” but they will still provide plenty of shady cover from the sun.

Kaiser can be reached at johanna.yourtown@gmail.com

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