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Judy G. Russell
July 9th, 2005, 10:59 AM
I had to go out this morning to run some errands and when I came back in by a slightly different route, I saw that TREE KILLERS had struck -- probably overnight -- on one edge of my property. Probably drunk, clearly uncaring (nobody left a note apologizing, for example)...

I am heartbroken. That arbovitae was going on 14 years old, doggone it, and it will take YEARS for a new planting to come close to matching the others.

My lawn guy says he figures the car had to be doing at least 40 mph to take the entire tree down and break the trunks from the roots, had to be trying to make a left onto the main street, didn't make it and just plowed into the arbovitae, backed up and drove on.

Whimper... this seriously annoys me... I hope his/her/its/their bumper has half the damage my poor arbovitae has...

Lindsey
July 10th, 2005, 12:09 AM
Damn, that wasn't even close to the curb, either!

I had something along that line happen to part of my fence about a year and a half ago. And no, there was no apology or admission of guilt in that case, either. They also took down a sign that was on the side of the road, and it gave me some small satisfaction to see that they had left a hubcap in the ditch.

--Lindsey

MollyM/CA
July 10th, 2005, 01:37 AM
What a bunch of jerks. Though I suppose it could have been your house they blasted into if they were as drunk as that looks.

You could perhaps try stuffing the tree back into the ground and cutting the trunks back to a few inches and seeing what happens. I wish I knew more about conifers --a broad-leaved evergreen or deciduous tree might well recover, and shoot up exuberantly from the now very root-heavy plant. I have a feeling that a conifer might not be so flexible. Maybe I'll see what Daryl on PCis GARDEN says. She's a Master Gardener and not only knows absolutely everything but has lived in the northeast (do you consider yourself northeast? The part of Jersey I saw must be awfully mild, judging from the vegetation --down toward Atlantic City.).

What a shame. Booo. And Boo-Hoo.

Guerri Stevens
July 10th, 2005, 08:43 AM
Whimper... this seriously annoys me... I hope his/her/its/their bumper has half the damage my poor arbovitae has...
A few years ago, while we were on vacation, a car hit our mailbox. Probably going well over the speed limit and possibly, um, not in full possession of his/her faculties, as the box was repositioned halfway across the lawn. When my neighbors discovered it the following morning, they called the police, but of course there was nothing the police could do. Not as bad a loss as your tree, since we could replace the mailbox, but still an aggravation and a cost to us.

I have tried to get the police to stake out our street and try to put an end to the blatant speeding, but all they would do is install one of those "your speed is" thingys, and tell us that on AVERAGE the speeding was not that bad and with limited resources they have to deal with areas that are more of a problem. I have issues with their statistics, though, and expressed them but was ignored. For example, they say that there were several records of people only going 5-7 mph. I pointed out that those were me or my immediate neighbors turning into our driveways, and those readings should have been ignored, but instead, *I* was ignored.

chm
July 11th, 2005, 03:36 PM
I love trees, too. Sorry to hear about yours getting clobbered.

From your left photo attached here, I swear I see car tire tracks. I think what you've got here is a bad and rude driver, probably at night, maybe after a few.

Give the tree a try as advised elsewhere in this thread. What have you got to lose? You just might save it.

Once I had the Salvation Army come with a truck for a pick up, then was stunned to watch them get their truck stuck in the branches of my parkway pepper tree in front of my house, then back up, ripping off a large branch of the tree, then they simply drove away.

And these were the good guys. (Salvation Army)

I won't even go into what happens now in my apartment complex, let's just say it involves massive landscape carnage, tree destruction, and many power tools put into the hands of many illegals. Ever hear of tree-topping?

Good luck with your arborvitae. And I hope whoever hit it got their car damaged.

Carolyn

Judy G. Russell
July 17th, 2005, 03:58 PM
What a bunch of jerks. Though I suppose it could have been your house they blasted into if they were as drunk as that looks.
That's what I figured, afterwards: it was either the tree or the house!

You could perhaps try stuffing the tree back into the ground and cutting the trunks back to a few inches and seeing what happens.
Unfortunately, the tree was snapped completely off its root system. So I went ahead and told the landscape guy to replace it. He did -- but the new ones he put in are sooooooo much smaller.

(do you consider yourself northeast? The part of Jersey I saw must be awfully mild, judging from the vegetation --down toward Atlantic City.).
Down around Atlantic City is what's called the Pine Barrens (http://www.pineypower.com/) which is almost another world from the rest of the state. Me, I'm well upstate from there; still the whole state is usually considered Mid-Atlantic if not Northeast.

What a shame. Booo. And Boo-Hoo.
Thanks. The sympathy helps.

Judy G. Russell
July 17th, 2005, 03:59 PM
A few years ago, while we were on vacation, a car hit our mailbox. Probably going well over the speed limit and possibly, um, not in full possession of his/her faculties, as the box was repositioned halfway across the lawn. When my neighbors discovered it the following morning, they called the police, but of course there was nothing the police could do. Not as bad a loss as your tree, since we could replace the mailbox, but still an aggravation and a cost to us.
That's what gets me the most: there's nothing that can be done except to fix it at my own cost. Grrrr....

Judy G. Russell
July 17th, 2005, 04:00 PM
it gave me some small satisfaction to see that they had left a hubcap in the ditch.
Heh heh heh... I would have felt exactly the same way.

Judy G. Russell
July 17th, 2005, 04:02 PM
From your left photo attached here, I swear I see car tire tracks. I think what you've got here is a bad and rude driver, probably at night, maybe after a few.
You absolutely DO see tire tracks: the plain ones going in (no brakes, of course) and the muddy ones coming out.

I hope whoever hit it got their car damaged.
I keep hoping maybe he/she/it hit his/her/its head on the steering wheel and had some sense knocked in...

Bill Hirst
July 17th, 2005, 06:18 PM
You absolutely DO see tire tracks: the plain ones going in (no brakes, of course) and the muddy ones coming out.


I keep hoping maybe he/she/it hit his/her/its head on the steering wheel and had some sense knocked in...
Maybe the air bags deployed. That can cost the driver a few bucks to fix.

Judy G. Russell
July 17th, 2005, 07:31 PM
Maybe the air bags deployed. That can cost the driver a few bucks to fix.
Oooooh... I like that...