Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pay Attention To Your Trees

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor, February 3, 2016.  In the middle of Red Car Canyon, a very long tree branch, parallel with the ground, is shifting downward.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 7, 2015.  The difference is subtle, but if you walk the Red Car Property regularly you notice the changes.  

This poor tree is enormous.  The scale is not evident in photos.  The December 2011 windstorm devastated it. Four years of unprecedented drought and decades of neglect have not helped.  

Use this as a reminder to use the warm weather this weekend to take a good look at your trees.  Trees add value to your property, clean the air, provide habitat for wildlife, keep people sane and generally make the neighborhood a better place to live.  

It's advisable to consult a certified arborist if you have large trees.  If any of your trees are diseased, failure to clean the tools properly between trees, can spread the problem (pest, fungus or disease) from a sick tree to a healthy tree. Bad tree trimming can make matters worse for drought afflicted trees.  

Throughout the neighborhood, some varieties of Eucalyptus have been dying quickly (often in a matter of a few short  months).  If your Eucalyptus are dead, be sure to have them cut down before they fall down.  They have shallow root systems.  They are notorious for going down in rain and wind events.  They are oily trees, making them highly combustible, amplifying the fire danger if they are already dead.