Local weather patterns and the surreal micro-climate that development brought to this particular property generated a bumper crop of avocado trees on the compost heap. Other tree seedlings have appeared here and there on the lot.
Sometimes I decide to let something grow to see what happens, but when it's time to edit, I hunt up the mechanic's vise grips. They're usually slightly greasy and buried in a kit of road emergency supplies. Vise grips are the tool of choice for extracting a tough-stemmed seedling with deep roots. Wear sticky-palmed work gloves to make the most of your efforts.
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