Letters to the Editor

Messy trees

EDITOR:

As a homeowner in Serrano, I applaud the overall planning and development of this community. However, there seems to be one major flaw in the choice of a particular tree that was planted, which is a very messy type of oak tree. (I believe it is the Pin oak.) The leaves of these trees turn brown in the fall, yet hang from the branches, falling week by week and only completely bare when finally pushed out by the emerging buds in late March or early April.

So while all the other trees have lost all their leaves by December, many of our front yards and streets are covered by these brown leaves for another four months after everything else has long since dropped and been picked up.  These leaves get into garages, clog shrubs and result in additional weekly blowing during a time when all the other trees are bare and frontyards require minimal maintenance or blowing.  In addition to the noise and unsightliness, it has to add to the overall cost of landscape maintenance and homeowners dues.

Serrano should look at a plan to change out these trees. Right now, the only option is to replace the tree at your own expense, which is only a partial solution if your neighbors have the same tree, and many do.
CHARLES A. HUMMER
El Dorado Hills

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