Cutting branches damages dogwoods |

Cutting branches damages dogwoods

I want to alert the community about a disturbing event I witnessed last Friday, March 30. While taking an early morning walk around a Grass Valley cemetery, I came upon a man cutting numerous branches off of a beautifully flowering dogwood tree with a large pole saw.

I was immediately suspicious of his activity because dogwoods should not be pruned until after flowering and because the man was sorting and stacking the branches in piles.

My suspicions were confirmed when I was told by the cemetery owner that the man was not an employee and that they have had problems in the past with smaller florists illegally cutting the beautiful dogwood branches to use in floral arrangements.

So if you happen to witness a similar activity or see flowering dogwood branches in your floral or wedding arrangements, question the source of the dogwoods and confirm that the “pruners” are legitimate. It could take the trees a long time to recover from this kind of damage.

Lisa Thane

Grass Valley

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