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Offline JJ

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Can blowdown tree be saved?
« on: October 31, 2017, 09:31:21 pm »
Hi,
We had big storm with 60+ mph winds and heavy rain with my wife's favorite tree blowing down.  Other than being on ground doesn't seem badly damaged. Can this tree be stood back up with reasonable chance of surviving?







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Re: Can blowdown tree be saved?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 10:55:21 pm »
I am not a tree specialist!

the root structure was weak before the blowdown, it will be weaker now.
tree will need cable support on at lease tree sides.
branches will need a serious pruning to allow wind to pass through.

that is my two-cents.

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Re: Can blowdown tree be saved?
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 11:20:12 pm »
I've lost several trees around that size over the years due to blowdown when it's really wet. Simply standing them up does no good, as they just fall over again. The ones we stood upright and guyed off for a couple years to let the roots grow out again are still alive now after several years. It's important to tamp the earth back down around the roots though. If you don't the roots dry out and the tree will die.

You should get brownie points just for trying anyway, so you may as well.

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Re: Can blowdown tree be saved?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017, 07:30:55 am »
I agree with DDW and Stuart.  It will need to be braced, but will probably survive.

I do want to emphasize the importance of pruning the tree now.  It just had a bunch of roots essentially pruned off.  It may not have access to enough resources through the roots to support the whole tree nutritionally.  Better to prune hard now to make it the way you want than to have the tree struggle, self prune, and potentially be overcome by disease or pest from stress.  Basically balance the top with the bottom until it get's new roots established.

Not to mention pruning will make it easier to stand up and less likely to blow over again. 
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Re: Can blowdown tree be saved?
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2017, 08:07:07 am »
You'll need to be with careful bracing due the split if you upright the tree.  Even if it doesn't work that tree probably has some nice wood for small woodworking projects. That would give you another ace up your sleeve for getting brownie points.
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Re: Can blowdown tree be saved?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2017, 11:11:04 am »
You'll need to be with careful bracing due the split if you upright the tree.  Even if it doesn't work that tree probably has some nice wood for small woodworking projects. That would give you another ace up your sleeve for getting brownie points.
if the tree does not survive then use the wood from "wife's favorite tree" to make her a jewelry box, keepsake box, display shelves, or a cutting board.
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Re: Can blowdown tree be saved?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2017, 04:44:12 pm »
What others have said.

It's worth a try. We have been successful in saving a number of blowdown trees over the years especially during the fall or winter months. Winch the tree back up carefully into its root ball position and pack the earth around it well. Stake and cable the tree down on its 3 weakened sides. Keep a check on it and refirm it if necessary until nature takes its course.

Treat it like a transplant. Some watering and fertilizer could help.
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