In the Fall of 2021 our service areas were hit hard with multiple days of high wind events. These events were long in duration and produced wind gusts just shy of hurricane strength. The combination of long sustained winds, high wind gusts and trees with full foliar canopies created a recipe for disaster.
The trees that seemed to receive the most damage were the Bradford Pear trees. This type of tree has been a favorite of many over the years. This tree offers a nice visual form and flowers beautifully in the Spring. The downfall to owning Bradford Pear trees is that they do not maintain a sturdy growth habit as they age. The lateral branching habit and the branch to trunk size ratio makes this tree susceptible to splitting. In many cases our crews had no choice except to remove the tree, as well as dig out the stump. If the tree was at all salvageable, we could sometimes prune the damaged limbs. Below are pictures of damaged Bradford Pear trees due to the Fall wind storms.
Our crews were more surprised to see the damage that occurred to some of the larger majestic Oak trees. These trees had full canopies that acted like a sail catching the sustained wind gusts. Below is a picture of one of the majestic Oaks and the root ball belonging to that same Oak tree. The picture of the root ball is after our crews cut away all the attached roots. The root ball is also minus all the attached earth that we scraped away using our excavator. We needed to make the root ball as small and light in weight as possible to remove from the site.