Pine Trees Bent Over By Snow – What Is The Tallest Tree That Could Be Straightened?
Q: Our HOA is consulting with an arborist to see if any pine trees that were bent over by snow can be saved. What is the tallest tree for which straightening can be attempted?
A: I wouldn’t bother with any fallen pine that’s more than six feet tall. For taller pines, the possibility of it establishing new anchor roots in a reasonable time frame are low. If the root ball is heaved out of the ground, there is a great likelihood the roots underneath are kinked or snapped. These larger trees might look good for a while but even the slightest drought stress will send it into decline. I have tips on how to straighten small trees at http://www.walterreeves.com/landscaping/tree-straightening-when-blown-over/.