New York and New Jersey were hit hard last week as Hurricane Sandy barreled onto shore, bringing with it 60-70 mph winds with gusts reaching 90 mph. Sandy destroyed the NJ coastline, sending some houses out to sea with thousands of others becoming damaged from flooding, gas leaks, uprooted trees and much more.

In the Northern and Central NJ areas many homes were damaged from trees falling on them. Many other homes lost power from trees that fell on the lines to their house, or to their neighborhood. We’ve been working around the clock to get around to our client’s homes and clean up their fallen trees, so that power can be restored, and landscapes can be fixed.

We can also learn something from this storm. Older trees, trees whose root systems aren’t as expansive and as strong as they need to be, should be removed from your landscape, and replaced with trees that will better survive in your landscape environment. We all love the shade that trees bring in the summer, the canopy of a tree lined street, and know what a difference a tree can make in your landscape, but you need a strong, healthy tree in order to avoid the catastrophe’s like we saw throughout Hurricane Sandy.  Proper pruning of the tree canopy is critical to keep a tree from becoming top heavy.  Lots of damage was caused by trees whose canopies were beyond what their root systems could support.

So, if you’re reading this and thinking that 1) you need help cleaning up your yard after this storm or 2) you are extremely thankful that tree in your yard didn’t fall during this storm, but are nervous it may come down during the next one and don’t want to play with your odds, then give Peters Todd’s (our sister company) a call at: 908-204-9918 to schedule your tree service needs today. Peters Todd’s offers the following tree services:

  • Tree Removal & Chipping
  • Stump Grinding
  • Tree & Shrub Pruning
  • Tree & Shrub Fertilization
  • Insect & Disease Control
  • Air-Spading & Vertical Mulching
  • We supply seasoned firewood (just in case you’re power goes out again!)

Remember, trees are a valuable part of every landscape and proper care and pruning can assure that their beauty and value will only grow with time. We look forward to working with you on all your tree needs.