Storm damaged willow trees near home


Old 02-13-17, 12:25 PM
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Storm damaged willow trees near home

Hi everyone,
During the first winter storm we had last week, one of two willow trees near our home fell over... Fortunately, it fell away from our house and landed harmlessly on the driveway where I had to cut up six or seven manageable pieces just to get the main trunk moved off the driveway.

It also was the smaller of the two trees that are some 20 or feet across from our home - but the larger one (maybe 40ft. height) is located where it could potentially damage the house if it fell, and would definitely land on one of the cars where we park them at night. This tree fell unexpectedly and looking at the base where the trunk splintered, it was hollowed-out with rot
With that in mind, I checked out the base of the larger willow and found some places on the back-side that looked dead - no bark covering at all right at ground-level where you can't see looking from the house-side.
I also noticed a place about 20 ft. up the trunk where there is some apparent rot damage - maybe from the last major ice storm we had nearly 10 years ago. A big lateral branch-limb of this particular tree came down then but again, fortunately away from the house and car.

I don't know for sure, but I think both trees were about the same age - which would be about 30 years old; as I believe the previous home owner planted them there. Willow trees are common in our region but not really in our area and not away from streams as these are.
Thanks for your insights -
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Old 02-13-17, 01:06 PM
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I'm sorry, I can't figure out what your question is. Are you asking whether you should remove the tree? If so, I probably would.
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to Stickshift...

Yes, that's exactly what I was asking...

In trying to provide all the relevant facts, I actually wound up deciding to go ahead and call the tree service for removal...
Not worth the worry when you consider how Willow trees drop; which can be they just fall over whenever. Unlike hardwoods that often will provide signs that they're starting to have a problem.

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Old thread but since a spammer revived it .... A few miles down the road a willow tree got knocked down in a storm. The owner also had a back hoe so he uprighted the tree. It continued to grow but never looked good and 4-5 yrs later I drove by and the tree was gone.

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