Trout Brook Landscaping September 2019

SEPT 2019

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We’ll Be There in the Morning A few weeks ago, I got a call from a homeowner. Their 90-year-old maple tree had given way in a storm, and the result was a massive, 70-foot branch laying across their backyard. I knew from the description that it was time to get to work. to fall. Whether it’s in four years, four months, or four weeks, if there’s weakness, it’s going to give way. A nor’easter may roll through, or it might only take a windy day for the tree to crack. When that happens, there’s not a moment to lose. Our crew is there right away when we get a call.

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When I arrived at the house to assess the damage, I saw that the cables installed to support the tree had broken. There was some dieback in the crown and rot down to the joints where the tree leaders came together. It was structurally weakened, and the situation was a higher risk than I anticipated. For a couple getting ready to sell their home, this situation was far from ideal. Fortunately for this homeowner, the branch fell away from their house. If it had toppled differently, the branch may have had enough power to crash through and structurally weaken their home — I’ve seen it happen before. In this case, though, the only thing harmed was a bush in the backyard. Anytime I’m assessing a tree for risk and I notice structural weakness, I consider the timeline of what could happen. When a tree is weakened, it’s not a question of if but when that tree is going

The reality is that our New England trees are old, and this is both a blessing and a risk. We have beautiful, dignified, old maple and oak trees lining our avenues. They add value to our neighborhoods, but, in some cases, they also cause danger. A weakness may not be visible, but underneath the bark, the wood has often sheared, and the tree gives way internally, causing rot that poses a threat to everything in its circumference. These are also known as stress cracks, and only a certified arborist can identify them. Especially during the height of storm season, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of hiring a certified, experienced arborist to come assess your trees. As thunderstorms kick up in the hot weather and the jet stream changes pattern in September, bringing our nor’easters, the wind comes back around and creates circular storms with 60-mph winds, tornadoes, and hurricane remnants off the coast. In fact, we’re due for another tropical storm any year now. Since 2011, I’ve participated in storm cleanup in Connecticut, from helping out after the October 2011 ice storm to assisting after a recent tornado on Cape Cod. I’ve

seen the seven major types of storm cleanups: hurricane, lightning strike, tornado, ice storm, blizzard, flooding thunderstorm, and winds. I’ve seen most of what a storm can do. While I don’t enjoy seeing property damaged, I do get a thrill from the quick response and action needed in these situations, and I like the sense of duty and the technical strategy involved in storm cleanup. I’m very experienced with this type of damage, and I know that in these situations, you need an honest, objective contractor. You can’t wait. When a homeowner calls us, I make sure I can be there by the next morning at the latest to secure the situation. Right now, we have three crews at the ready for storm season. We’re prepared to protect your interests, and we know the best cure is prevention, so call for an arborist assessment today. –Andrew Bachman

AndrewBachman, certifiedArborist andownerofTroutBrookLandscapingLLC onTalcottRoad inWestHartford. LANNY NAGLER PHOTO

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