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Yes, The Squirrel Nutwork is still on winter hiatus, but our recent weather is prompting us to speak for the trees!
Like most of the east coast, we had high winds in northern Virginia over the weekend. Sadly, our suburban woodlands around the golf course lost many old oaks, a loss for both the human and wildlife inhabitants.
Many were snapped off, but a closer look showed that the heartwood of the tree was rotten.
One was apparently decayed enough at the base and roots that it uprooted.
We squirrels noted that recent replacement of the sidewalk adjacent to this last double oak had also included a regrading of the entire soil bed surrounding the tree… The tree was rotten, but it’s never a good idea to mess with the roots of a tree! They extend farther than most humans think–one and a half times the diameter of the branch spread. Good thing to keep in mind to help your trees weather storms like we seem to be having more frequently.