One of the tasks on my 'to do' list for the fall was pruning my Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) bushes. Although, they are so big they are more like trees! We knew that one of the bushes was not doing well and there were a lot of dead branches. When I went to inspect the bush to decide how to prune it, half of the bush came away in my hand - it was completely dead. With a little coaxing, the other half came up, too.
Looking at the bush, now lying in my driveway, it suddenly dawned on me that we had been coppicing the branches! This made me very excited because coppicing is a great frugal and sustainable gardening practice.