This time, when the wood was carted away, the stump remained. Instead of grinding out and removing the stump, contractors will use it and the root system that comes into contact with other trees on the block to dispense pest management treatment.
A sign has been added to the stump to explain to neighbors and visitors what is happening.
Click on the photo for a larger view of the sign.
Update 08.07.14 from Margaret Pokorny, Chair of the Commonwealth Avenue Mall Committee
"Penny, thanks for posting this. We are very encouraged by how well these treatments are going. People have seem to really appreciate my signs as well. Still looking for a sponsor to replant one of these locations in the spring."
If you'd like to learn more about Dutch Elm Disease, here is an earlier post about this devastating killer of strong, old trees.
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2014 Penny & Ed Cherubino