I finally got the pictures from the city, and I am having a hard time with the ones from the front yard, in particular. The image on the left is after they mowed. The one on the right is before. I can't see that it was that dramatic. Certainly, it you look at the red line on the image on the left, (after), it is clearly exposed, but on the right, you can see it is covered by grass. So how is this possible? It doesn't look that much different? The fact is that the pole is in a different spot. We have a bunch of holes in our yard, probably from the kids digging for worms. Nonetheless, it looks very fishy to me.
Sure there are a couple bushy spots of grass around where we planted the tree and a bit behind, but the entire yard is not that offensive to warrant what was done. I was also irritated that the backyard images did not include the garden in the shots. This is a rather convenient coincidence if you ask me.
Needless to say, I am still highly agitated by this whole thing. It was unnecessary. And by the way, even after one-on-one conversations with Joe Dulin, the poison ivy is still there.