Thursday, January 28, 2016

Red Car Canyon in 2008: Eucalyptus Go Down In Rainstorms, Even In Dry Years

A version of this post was first published February 16, 2009.

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 2008. Red Car Canyon after the rain. (Click on photo to enlarge.) 

Despite a mostly dry year in 2008, enough rain fell in one February storm causing another eucalyptus tree to fall in Red Car Canyon. Eucalyptus trees have notoriously shallow root systems and do not help hold hillsides together. 

2016 Update: Are you ready for the next big rainstorm?  It's not too late.  If you have a dead or dying eucalyptus tree on your property, it might be time to have it removed.  Many large dead eucalyptus were removed from the Red Car Property over the past two years.  

If your eucalyptus is a healthy tree, it might need trimming.  Eucalyptus' shallow root systems can fail when the slopes are saturated. Thinning the dense branches may help save healthy trees.  It's best to consult a licensed arborist if you have concerns and want to save your trees.  Be alert for raptor nests.  Hawks are rebuilding their nests for mating season.

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