hurricane cutting
 n.— «There is a practice sometimes called “hurricane cutting.” This involves removing not only all the dead fronds but all the green ones as well—including that batch of new fronds that sticks up in the air. Removing the fronds would inhibit the spread of roots and hence the growth of the tree. The problem with this is that it’s not a very good idea: It will kill the tree.» —“Poking holes in palm’s base could slow growth—or kill the tree” Arizona Republic (Phoenix) May 30, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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