He just had to know best didn’t he?
She’d tried to tell him to leave the tree alone; told him that topping it would just make it prone to topple over in the wind but he couldn’t grasp the concept.
After all, how could it be top-heavy enough for the wind to catch it if it had no branches? How could rot set into the trunk if you cut off branches? Didn’t make sense to him, and so off he went.
Sod’s law, months after he’d lopped off the branches there was a storm.
Of course, their car was crushed.