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The dangers of saturated ground for trees

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

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.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.