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Posted: 9/5/2004 2:41:09 PM EST
This damage is within 1/2 mile of my house BEFORE the eye wall is even here. I'm in Largo on the Gulf right by Clearwater and the bands are supposed to come back from the Gulf even stronger in the next few hours.





Link Posted: 9/5/2004 2:42:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/5/2004 2:43:44 PM EST by klutz347]
Wow. Hope everything is OK at your place.

From the first pic it looks like trees have very shallow root systems.
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 2:44:37 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 2:44:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By klutz347:
Wow. Hope everything is OK at your place.

From the first pic it looks like trees have very shallow root systems.



What can one do to prevent a shallow root system ?

Anybody ?
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 2:50:09 PM EST
Unfortinately, not much. Since Florida generally gets so much rain, the trees have little reason to dig deep to find water.

Throw in the fact that the soil here is mostly SAND, and a good hurricane will do this to trees...
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 2:53:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By cyanide:


What can one do to prevent a shallow root system ?



Not much really. Most trees don't have a 'Tap Root' and most tree roots are shallow, the majority of roots are found in the top 18 inches of soil. Usually, more than 50 percent of a tree’s roots are in the top six inches of soil.
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 2:56:18 PM EST
Plus, its rained here so much lately the ground just cant hold the roots. The palm trees dont fall much.
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 3:11:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By cyanide:

Originally Posted By klutz347:
Wow. Hope everything is OK at your place.

From the first pic it looks like trees have very shallow root systems.



What can one do to prevent a shallow root system ?

Anybody ?




Don't plant magnolias in sand with poor drainage. That tree is on the edge of a drainage ditch and about three years old. It looks like it was lifted with a spatula.

I also saw a live oak that crushed a house two houses from my best friend's. Would've been a great pic - but my battery died.
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