Due to a hurricane?
One tree whiz recommends cranking the tree back to its upright position and
guying it in place.
Most of the time it will recover. Pines are especially hardy.
Don't know if this works, but it shouldn't cost much to try...
I understand pines are shallow rooted and tend to fall easily in wet
soil. They were talking about this on the radio yesterday saying that
winds that would normally not knock down a tree could do it to those
sitting in very wet ground.
Didn't work with my apple tree which was sitting in very wet soil. Knocked
down by a windstorm, we upright it fairly easily with a winch and some
bracing. Took for a while, or so it seemed to but got knocked down again -
actually it just fell over - in an ice storm that came about six months
later. Just as well. They weren't eating apples. They were critter
magnets. Might have tried winching it again if it had produced something
What if it crushes a person when it falls?
A couple of decades ago, when my oldest was still in diapers, I was in
my neighbor's yard. His kid was using the slide and I had mine in one of
those old fashioned, PITA to get the kid in and out of, rubber child
swings. The "bucket style" that wrapped around the kid with holes for
Our wife's called us in for lunch so I struggled to get my kid out of
the swing as his legs got caught like they always did. I went into the
house, handed my son to my wife and walked over to the kitchen sink to
wash my hands. As I was looking out of the window, a huge branch from
the house next door came crashing down and turned the swing set into
There was no way there would have been enough time between the sound of
the crack and crushing of the swing set for me to have gotten my son out
of the swing.
Maybe the type pines in your neighborhood but definitely not the pine
varieties around here. They are deep rooted and I have never seen one
go over from the roots, and that's an observation based upon many
hurricanes and tornadoes thru this area. Most often the top portion
will break off or twist off but they never blow over.
I had 2 pines that shattered high, in separate storms 18 months apart
(one ice, and one wind). Both of them hit my shed, of course. Good thing
I just blacksmithed shed the first time instead of replacing- second
time smashed it beyond my skills to unwrinkle. A 3rd pine went down in
the second storm, more or less intact, with the root ball pulled out of
ground. It was old and sickly and in an inconvenient spot, so I didn't
even think of trying to save it. It broke a limb on the apple tree that
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