Friday, November 03, 2006
A treescape forever altered
These crabapples in Johnson Park were among the survivors.
Many of you will smile at my ignorance—and I truly am ignorant about trees; I can barely tell them apart—but I learned a lot of disturbing and eye-opening facts about Western New York tree damage during a talk with a certified arborist yesterday.
It was interesting to hear him assert that previous lack of trimming had nothing to do with how the branches fell. He said some of his most regularly pruned trees were destroyed by the storm, and maintained that the amount of leaves on the trees and their positioning (east of a building being the worst) were the most crucial factors.
He says he’s most worried not about next spring (because the leaves gave up their nutrients before the storm hit) but about the following springs, when less branches and leaves on the trees will mean less food going to the roots, making them vulnerable to insects and disease.
To some degree he took a conservative position on the possible unnecessary removal of many trees, asserting that it does look much different when you’re in the bucket than from the ground. But I did get him to agree that the company most at fault had originally been hired to remove branches from power lines and had minimal professional standing as arborists. That’s pretty much what most of us think already, of course.
I feel like I want to learn more about trees. I’m certainly appreciating the ones left standing a lot more.