Ice Storm & NY Maples
larryc at teleport.com
Tue Jan 20 13:10:32 EST 1998
In article <19980119202800.PAA23435 at ladder02.news.aol.com>,
forestfair at aol.com (ForestFair) wrote:
> As for the "motivations" to play the ice storm up, it looks like you're not
> familiar with many rural upstate New Yorkers (and New Englanders).
> Generalizing, they are people who would do without before asking for help, but
> would rush to assist a neighbor in need. They won't ask for help unless
> they're desperate.
It's too bad people are without power, but back to forestry.
I've been a little surprised at the hooting and hollering about maple trees
losing a few limbs. Maybe New England maple are different. Here in Oregon
we deal mostly with broadleaf maple and vine maple. You can't kill a vine
maple if you try. Broadleaf maple are a little bit less hardy, but
standard practice to recondition urban broadleaf maple is to whack all the
branches off, leaving about 3 feet of stub. In short order the tree will
grow a new crown. It doesn't hurt the tree at all, though it slows down
the growth for about 5 years.
The only time we ever lose a maple is when it tips over and exposes the
root ball. I'm pretty much with Steve, I think a lot of the ice damage
is just media hype. If the trunk is still sound, the tree will probably
recover just fine.
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