The dangers of saturated ground for trees
My baby brother (ha! – he will turn seventy this year) lives in Wilmington where a dozen years ago it rained for days on end – the ground was so saturated that the utility poles started falling over. The University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry predicts that tropical storms and hurricanes will now be slower moving by 20 percent, and have 24 percent more rainfall. Your trees will be experiencing stronger winds and saturated soils, increasing the chances of their being blown over. The new standards up to date certified arborists follow are aimed at leaving most of the interior branches and concentrating pruning cuts to lower the tree and reduce the length of branches, making a smaller and lower canopy. You can find a certified arborist by searching “certified arborist” or “Trees are Good,” or to find a professional near you.