RATHER than cut down an oak tree which grew directly in the way of a telephone line which was being erected in Wexford County, Michigan, the company cut an opening directly through the tree large enough to permit the wires to pass through without marring the oak. The rectangular opening is large enough so that the branches and leaves do not interfere with the wires, and all that is necessary to keep the opening clear is to trim away the foliage once a year. This opening does away with the necessity of cutting down the tree entirely or of cutting off the top, as is frequently done.

  1. Rick Auricchio says: April 13, 20128:59 am

    On one road not far from my home, there are a dozen oaks cut into “U” shapes to allow for the wires. I’ll take a photo in a month or so, next time I’m on that road.

  2. Solospirit says: April 13, 20121:01 pm

    That’s no Oak…Anyone else see that its Fay Wray and King Kong? 🙂

  3. Charlene says: April 13, 20121:11 pm

    @Rick Aurrichio: That’s not terribly uncommon. An entire row of trees on St. Mary’s Road in Winnipeg are Y-shaped for the same reason.

  4. Charlene says: April 13, 20121:11 pm

    sorry, @Rick Auricchio!

  5. Hirudinea says: April 13, 20121:22 pm

    Does it strike anyone as ironic that they go to all this trouble to save a tree when they’re supporting the wires going through the tree with wooden telephone poles made from trees?

  6. docespresso says: April 15, 20123:34 pm

    @Hirundinea Not really. Topping the tree makes it look shabby and may kill the tree. People get annoyed when you kill the trees near their homes.

  7. Hirudinea says: April 16, 201211:27 am

    @ docespresso – I just find it a little strange, kill hundreds of trees, save one.

  8. docespresso says: April 16, 20124:54 pm

    @Hirudinea – Fair enough, although where I live the there are far more trimmed trees than there are pole.

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