ANSON, Texas -- A couple of weeks ago, Marce Suarez had just about had enough of a low-hanging limb. Every time he rode his tractor near a particular old mesquite tree, the branch would either whack the muffler or knock his cap off.
Suarez owns 50 acres along U.S. 180 about 3 1/2 miles west of Anson. In a good year -- or at least a normal year with rain -- he grows small crops of watermelon, cantaloupe and squash. He sells them on a roadside stand next to his house, which he estimates to be nearly 100 years old.
But this tree limb was really getting under his skin. It was time to do something about it.