These trees were "topped" to keep them out of
utility wires. Perhaps the line clearance personnel
would remove them instead, then you could plant a hedge
or some small growing trees in their place.
People don't like having power interruptions, or
being without power for an extended period of time. For some it can
create a medical emergency. Especially when
their heat is off and the phone is out of order. Refrigerated foods risk
spoilage. No email.... gasp!
sail in the wind
Evergreens often have less roots than most people
think. Thinning their branches, to allow wind to pass
through, will help them survive wind storms.
I'm old enough to remember when utility companies
used to go onto residential property to clear power lines, for
free. That practice was eliminated in our area over 20 years ago,
probably to save money.
That puts the onus on property owners to prevent their own utility
This Bradford Pear was damaged by a strong summer
storm. Solution: Remove it and plant a better variety of
Everyone has heard the catch
phrase, "Plant the right tree in the right place." By doing
that, you may save yourself from future power outages. If you do plant
under utility lines, be sure to use trees that stay small and don't
grow up into wires. Start trimming trees when they are young.
Instead or removing this Silver Maple, the
homeowner decided to have it "topped." This tree's
structure is permanently ruined, with weak, fast growing
sprouts at every "topping" cut. Removal would have been
the better option.
The second piece of advice would be to remove "The
wrong trees in the wrong place." We've all planted trees that got
larger than we thought they would, but the trouble comes when they
have the ability to knock down power lines, under the weight of snow or ice. I would
suggest "biting the bullet" and removing these trees. Plant something
in their place that won't put you in the dark during the next wind
or ice storm. You'll be glad you did.
much you can do!
Freezing rain and ice are the bane of trees and
Plant the right tree in the right place, and remove the wrong trees in the wrong places before you are
forced to do so at a time that will probably be much less convenient.
Check your trees in Spring
I'm all busted up
(..so are my trees)
Zone 6 winter -