Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Photos from Flushing


Anonymous said...

I can't get over how shallow the roots of this tree are and so square shaped as the dirt square it sat in!

Unfortunately some trees have roots that dig straight down and deep, often affecting waste pipes by clogging them or shallow where there is a risk of toppling easier.

What tree species is the city planting these day as a comprimise? I see certain species that grow to 40 Ft and quickly but don't seem as brittle as the London Plane species. Bringing in greenery is important to our well being for cleaning the air, cooling the air, dampening noise and the beauty they provide!

Queens has lost countless trees to developers and not replaced during the past storms. We need to replace and expand tree planting to make up for our short fall.

-Joe said...

London Plane trees have survived the 1938, Agnus and Gloria hurricanes.
You have to water and trim some of the "sail" out of them.
The city no longer maintains them and constant paving and concrete deprives them of water.
I doubt the new trees the city is planting can survive all the lime and alkali leaching from all the cheap concrete being used.
To add without dirt and green space to leach rain water into the glacial moraine Queens is becoming toxic cocktail.
The city's one big jackass or they know these new trees wont survive.

Anonymous said...

Here's an idea for homeowners-- take care of your own trees if you love them. Fertilize, water, prune, etc. etc. Costs money, right? You bet. They're your trees-- or they aren't, as you wish. If you wait for the city to do ANYTHING, you will be waiting a long time, and be very unhappy.

Anonymous said...

I surveyed a lot of the damage.

It appears that about 95% of the trees that suffered or completely toppled were Silver Maples whose roots are very shallow.

My own tree surgeon said that this variety should have never been planted as curb trees in particular because there's no room for root expansion when confined in or near the narrow verge strip.

panzer65 said...

Upon viewing a lot of downed trees, many of them may have been weakened by ants or other vermin hollowing out the trunks.