Cool and breezy today, in the 50s, but there was sun at times. We had an inch of rain overnight.
Now that all the leaves are down, I went up on the back hill to see the real damage. So discouraging. I already knew we had lost the tuliptree --- that was cut down at the stump.
|The back hill four days before the snowstorm. The tuliptree is now gone.|
And one of the sweetgums is decapitated about two feet above ground but lives, with only its lower skirt of branches. I knew about the maples and oaks that were lost or deformed. But now, seeing all the damage, with no leaves, it looks like a hill of trash.
What the storm left is encased in bittersweet, at least in the middle section. I cut back what I could reach but it is like wrestling snakes. One young oak was literally being bent over by the vines.
What the storm left and the vines didn't get was trashed by the road crews. They hauled away so much cut brush from the road side, but they also left large branches, stumps, logs and limbs covering some of the young trees, in a little from the roadside and all over the top of the hill.
And there was more actual storm damage than I thought. Some of the junipers were split in the middle. The new oak I had planted near the top of the slope in 2010 and babied through that summer's drought and heat --- it snapped off and was lying on its side.
Then, to top it all off, I had not put plastic mesh around the newest of the small whips I planted in the meadow at the bottom of the hill. Of course bucks found the one maple and one oak not covered up, and shredded the bark.. The oak is not bad, the maple is shredded on one side only but I think it will heal. I put plastic mesh on them.
It does look like brush, kindling, weeds and broken trash all over.
And it had looked so awesome this summer and early fall.
|October 11, 2011|
|And back in May, 2011|