One of our big pines lost its top on June 12, 2011.
It was either snapped off by wind or hit by lightning. Whatever caused it, it left a mess on the ground to clean up.
The next year, 2012, was the dry year where, to conserve water, water system customers were told not to do any outside watering. We lost several trees from the drought. The big pine, already stressed from the damage in 2001, probably succumbed due to the drought conditions. From its rings, the tree was well over 60 years old.
After the old pine was cut down, portions of the trunk were used to create several log planters.
I created a short video of felling the tree. I used a bit of a different technique this time and the tree fell very close to where I planned, even if I did get a whack on the head.
It looks like we may be in for some heavy rain over the next couple of days. The ground is still saturated from the rain from the 9th. We’re in a flash flood watch.
Is your recent weather, compared to normal, drier, wetter, or just right?