ANDREW DIDN'T KILL IT (Hurricane damage isn't always fatal)

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ANDREW DIDN'T KILL IT (Hurricane damage isn't always fatal)

Post by GUAL » Fri, 11 Sep 1992 07:03:30



I have recently returned from my second scoping trip to
the hurricane damaged areas of South Florida.  Our mission
was to look at urban trees.  Fortunately, many of the trees
in the area can be saved, even if they are down.  Unfortunately,
I observed many of the residents in the effected areas cutting
down perfectly healthy (although often leafless) trees and
shrubs because they were thought to be dead.  If you are in the  
effected area and you are about to cut a tree down, you may want
to wait a few months if it isn't presenting a safety risk.  In
general, palms that aren't snapped can be righted and well watered
and dicot trees can be pruned on the ground and then righted and
watered.  The natives and near natives are especially amenable to
this.
                     Good luck,
                     Stinger Guala
                     Dept. of Botany
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