Philadelphia’s Main Line is definitely out on a limb. This slideshow illustrates down trees and fallen limbs from Malvern to Villanova to City Line Avenue. For the most part, damage doesn’t seem too extensive, but the farther east toward Philadelphia you travel, the more trees and limbs you’ll find down. Photographs are beginning to surface of trees laying over cars and crushing houses from the suburbs to the city.
On the back roads, you’ll see that trees haven fallen across the road causing detours, limbs have crashed into fences and cars, and leaves, needles and branches coat the asphalt roads making it very tricky to drive because the roads are slippery and drivers are dodging limbs. Flying limbs continue to fall onto driving cars. If you can, take the main roads and not back roads. The winds are still blowing hard. There is also flooding on low lying properties and puddles seem to be hiding around every corner. For these reasons, old and rotted trees like some of the those in the slideshow could still be a threat.
The wind is still blowing hard as Irene travels to New England. If your landscape is not completely flooded, and once the winds calm down, take a walk around your landscape this evening to assess the damage from Irene; but be careful of falling tree limbs. Any shrubs or small trees with broken branches can be pruned using pruners or sawed with a sharp saw. Cut past the broken wood making a clean cut. Any shrubs or trees that have heaved up through the ground can be tamped back down with your foot while making sure tree or shrubs is straight. Evergreens, Butterfly bushes , Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Hydrangea, Lilacs, Forsythia and other evergreen shrubs, small trees, woody shrubs, as well as, ornamental grasses will usually return to their proper posture on their own.
You can rent small equipment such as chipper if you want to make mulch, as well as, log splitters and chain saws for do it yourself cleanup from your local rental companies and home improvement stores. Don’t attempt to cut or saw large limbs without proper experience or equipment. If you don’t trust yourself, call on the experts. Here are some Main Line tree companies that come highly recommended.
Rick’s Tree Service
Bradley Tree Experts
Shreiner Tree Care
Horgan Tree Experts
Nature has a way of pruning its landscape on its own; but a word from the wise, stay away from the apple trees, they continue to throw their weaklings to the ground, having no mercy on anyone in its path. But all in all, nature was kind to the Philadelphia region. Get the kids outside tomorrow, if they don’t have school, and have them help with the branches.
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