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Bye Bye Dead Trees

To all those sycamores: It’s been fun. You are beautiful, but I’m glad to see you go. You’ve been sick long before Sandy. Your branches dent my car. Your leaves litter my lawn several times a year. Chopping you down and grinding you up can’t come soon enough. Goodbye old friends. 

Yep, Long Beach has undertaken a giant task of removing Sandy-murdered trees city-wide. You will be notified when your block is next in line. One might say this project is bigger than the boardwalk itself. Although, wouldn’t it have been cool to use all this potential wood for the boardwalk? (That never would have happened, but it makes for a great joke.)

Want to know when your neck of the woods will be chopped down?Here you go:

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Sick Sycamores,Trees & Shrubs

sycamoreA few weeks ago a reader named Mike emailed and asked me to write about the Sandy-damaged Sycamores that line our streets:

Most of all the sycamores are dying….I have been told its because of sandy and the salt water….Do you think Long beach would do anything about these? Taking them down is in the thousands for the 2 that are in front of my house….And after all I have spent, I am tapped….I don’t want them to fall over and hurt someone either

I wanted to wait until I actually spoke to an tree expert before I blogged about this, because it’s a gardening issue for most of the homeowners in Long Beach. What do we do with all these sick shrubs and trees??

An arborist from Oceanside told me that if any tree or shrub showed any sign of life this summer, even if the tips of the leaves turned brown, it’s worth it to just be patient and wait it out. There is a possibly chance that it will be fine in the long run. He called the salt water floods from Sandy an unprecedented event, so it’s best to just take care of anything you have that shows any kind of life.

One way to do that is to spread a premium organic compost (the compost/peat moss mixture) around the base of all your trees and shrubs. You don’t have to mix it into your soil, just spread about an inch on top and make sure you give enough water. Unfortunately we are in the middle of a drought, which is making things worse… The arborist stressed the importance of ‘making sure something is dead’ before you remove it. One way you can tell is by the strength of the branches. If you can easily snap a branch in half and the inside looks dry, it’s a goner. If the branch bends and looks white or moist on the inside once broken, it’s should be fine. Pretty self-explanatory.

As far as who is responsible for tree removal……hmm.. I have no idea. I don’t even think the city knows since there are so many street-lined trees that are indeed dead. This must something that FEMA has to cover, but good luck getting through with them. Is a grant in order? We can sure use the money!

If anybody has any other tips or info, please share!