I can’t help but steal my post title from Billy Goodnick – the term is just too apt, in the case of these two juicy examples of bad pruning.
On the left, the power company seems like the obvious culprit but once homeowners plant trees too close to the power lines, what’s a company to do? I shot this from my car last winter but I bet it looks just as ridiculous now, with leaves on that poor tree.
And on the right is the foundation planting in front of a gorgeous Capitol Hill townhouse, where two Euonymuses (Euonymi?) aren’t just horribly shaped, but pruned to completely block the windows. This is the garden of a new client of mine, who impressively hired me to give her landscape suggestions even before she and her fiance had moved in! I happily reinforced their intention to get rid of these hideous blobs, as soon as possible. It’s a south exposure, so the choice of better alternatives is huge.