February 15, 2010 |
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I’ve just fallen off my chair.
RE: No surprise that we have a lot of tree-huggers here ;<) Did any of you read the link in my first post? A man was kellid while holding his child (who died also) earlier this year by a tree that crashed through their home some of the firefighters that got the tree off of them came outside the house and wept after seeing this. Imagine that being your husband and child, with you surviving just a few feet away in the other room!But seriously, 120' tall fir trees have no business being within 150 feet of your house. Contrary to what many believe, the root systems on some of these behemoths are very shallow. All it takes are the super-wet conditions we've had all winter long to saturate the soil combined with a good windstorm. And cedar trees tend to rot out from the inside as they get older which is is not typically visually apparent, so they can break off in a storm when they had no issues during previous storms.How do I know all of this? Both sides of my family had timber property and my grandfather was a logger. After the major windstorms in Western WA we would drive out to the property to check for blowdowns and usually found them. I was amazed that some of the trees apparently had most of their roots in the top 2-3 feet of soil (in wet areas, they don't have to go any deeper) and that was it, and the whole 8-10' diameter root system was 90 degrees to the ground afterwards.I'm not against trees at all there are many different varieties that will still provide plenty of shade and beauty without the lethality of trees taller than your house is long. When you buy a house, you should be aware of all of the issues on your property that could kill you, and tall trees in your (or your neighbor's) yard is one of those things. Especially vulnerable to the wind are lone trees or small clusters (as pictured above) that are out in the open and do not have the wind protection from other nearby trees.The trees in my front yard are 35-year-old maples and (ugh) locusts, and they are on the far edge of the property so if they blew over, I'd be OK. Now, the neighbor's poplar trees lining my back yard, well, that's another story!
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