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Jeffrey Erb Landscape Design

A stranded car caused by a fallen tree

The freak snowstorm that hit Northeastern U.S. last weekend was a brutal combination of heavy, wet snow and leaves still on deciduous trees which resulted in massive amounts of breakage. Falling limbs and entire trees destroyed cars, houses and power lines alike. While the damage of this storm could not be avoided, there are a few things you can do to help lessen the consequences of these situations.

Choosing correct tree species is a huge factor in reducing fallen and broken branches.  Bradford Pear trees have notoriously weak joints that often split without provocation.  Fast-growing trees, while beneficial for filling a large space in a short amount of time, have weak wood.  These trees also have a higher tendency for breaking than slow-growing trees such as Sycamores which have stronger structures. If you have an Ailanthus tree growing anywhere near your home or personal property, you should consider removing it (see our post on these weak-limbed trees).

Jeffery Erb Landscape Design

Heavy snow and leaves didn't mix for this mature Oak

Advanced planning and proper pruning can save you a huge headache later on.  Having a certified arborist inspect older trees on a regular basis is a worthwhile investment.  They can clear out old, dead wood and identify and treat any prevalent diseases before they become a problem.  This is especially important for mature trees.  Let’s face it, nobody wants a branch sticking their roof or draped across power lines.

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Ailanthus Tree Came Down Due to Heavy Rains

Ailanthus altissima (commonly referred to as Tree of Heaven) is a sneaky tree. It is a fast-growing invasive plant that grows well in disturbed sites and poor soils. Ailanthus loves New York City. There are more than a few in the neighbor’s backyard beside my own building. Because of all the rainfall we’ve recently received, mature street trees and Ailanthus alike have become unstable due to restricted root systems.

Exposed Roots of Ailanthus altissima

 Soaring as high as 40-60′ tall at maturity, Ailanthus can grow up to 5′ in a single year. This rapid growth forms weak wood which can break easily in storms. It seems that any tree or shrub that can find a way to survive in a city backyard should be loved, but this little piece of heaven can be dangerous. The above pictures were taken just this week. Hurricane Irene caused other Ailanthus trees to fall in Hell’s Kitchen as well. If you are unsure about a tree on or around your property, get a certified arborist to come and check it out. We recommend Arborpolitan for tree care in New York City.

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