Tuesday, July 24, 2007


posted by Michael Piwonka 11:40 PM
I planted 3 bradford pear trees along the street in my front yard a couple months ago. However, someone has pulled them up twice in the last few weeks; their roots hadn't grown sufficiently yet to prevent a casual pull from uprooting them.

My neighbors have speculated that it's probably local teenagers; some neighbor's mailboxes were also knocked over. I replanted the trees, and watered them often, hoping to keep them alive during the hot months of summer. But this most recent occurrence may be more than they can handle.

Since it's happened twice now, even if they survive I expect that it will probably happen again. I think I will transplant them to the backyard this weekend; that may keep them alive, reducing the chances that someone will vandalize them again.

I sent an email to the homeowners' association, but I don't know that they can do much.

While I love the neighborhood, this has left a bad taste in my mouth. I've contacted a realtor to investigate the possibility of selling the house; he advised me to wait until next spring if I decide to do that, but he did indicate that I should make a decent profit off the house in the short time I've owned it.

I'll wait to make any big decisions like that until after I have more time to think about it.

Somewhere in the neighborhood there's probably a group of teenagers who think they're the cleverest around. With too much time on their hands.


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