Is there a way to save trees damaged Hurricane Michael?


I some small 8’ or less cedar and fir trees that were blown over in Hurricane Michael the sand here doesn’t hold roots well so a lot of small trees get bent and blown almost over mine are at 45° angles I would love to save these 4. I lost 8 acres of pine that I sell every ten years to make some money so I’d love to be able to save these four trees. Can I use a pulley and guy wire or straps and 2x4s and straighten them so they grow to the sun and strengthen this spring? We lost shingles and other water and wind damage so small things help make it feel normal. After 3 weeks. Still no power so projects have to be primitive and easy. Thanks for your help.

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  • Oliva Oliva on Oct 30, 2018

    Are the trees laying on the ground? Are roots exposed? Have you access to a larger tractor to upright the trees using multiple straps, and a way to bring in top soil and peat moss as well as mulch?

    The trees will need watered into place unless they're overly saturated from the Hurricane. It couldn't hurt to secure them to tall upright stakes, stuck a few feet away from the drip lines, and a few feusing straps with rubber on them where the straps touch the trees to avoid chafing the bark.

    Your poor trees really took a hit, so they're probably going to respond with some brown tips (shock). It couldn't hurt to call your county extension agent/master gardener/nursery professional to see what advice they can offer.

  • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Oct 30, 2018

    We don’t have an extension agent or master Gardner , I am asking here in a DIY forum to avoid paying a pro. I’ve worked in landscaping and my pear and orange trees and palms are all gone. But I use cable with garden hose covering it to hold certain fruit trees straight. They are at a 45° not laying on the ground as I said if roots were exposed I wouldn’t even try because salt water usually kills these small young trees. They end up salt burned. My only standing trees of size are my 12 year old oak and it had a tree full of leaves I couldn’t see through it now not one leaf it stripped it over the course of the storms four hours or so. The same with my sycamore

    I may pull these youngsters up and replant them and do it that way I think it’ll give it the best chance to survive.

    Im not even sure what kind of fur or if it’s a cedar of type because they are so young.

  • Olivia provided fantastic info! So so sorry you still do not have power yet. We are praying for all the hurricane survivors. Take care. 🤗❤

  • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Oct 31, 2018

    We all appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Small Things like HomeTalk and projects are keeping us busy and entertained so time is going fast. Yesterday (Tuesday 30th) it was 80° almost and 90% plus humidity so it was a hot one yesterday and Tuesday night last night it was 55° so it’s that time of year when Mother Nature is confused by what she’s going to do. Kids aren’t back in school yet it’s been 3 weeks today so hopefully things start going back to normal in a couple weeks. I hope all of the kids get to trick or treat tonight somehow.

  • Oliva Oliva on Oct 31, 2018

    Hi, Joe,

    Do you have any college or nursery nearby that can offer suggestions? Master gardeners here offer free advice as it's part of their requirements to continue master gardener status. These people are not generally employed by companies charging a fee.

    I like your idea of cable with garden hose. That system using garden hose over larger stakes is used here to secure trees from high winter winds. Wishing you the best!

  • Martha Hardesty Martha Hardesty on Oct 31, 2018

    Try using a product called Root Stimulater. It’s the best thing I know of . Soak the roots plant and water with it up to 3 times. It makes the roots take off ,helps with transplant shock ,it’s a liquid in a plastic bottle available many places. Mix 3 1/2 Tbs to 1 gal water. Vitamins and minerals. Always use when newly planting or digging trees

    • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Nov 01, 2018

      I’m not transplanting nor can I get to the roots and root stimulator is small amount normally it would take several bottles to do one of these trees

  • Martha Hardesty Martha Hardesty on Nov 01, 2018

    So sorryJoe I misread thought they were 8 “ diameter. If i can think of anything ill let you know so so sorry

    • Joe Jones Joe Jones on Nov 01, 2018

      Yeah I kind of thought it was something like that , but 8” diameter is a pretty big tree unless we are talking diameter around limbs and all

  • Martha Hardesty Martha Hardesty on Nov 01, 2018

    So sorry I miss read the size ,look up Super thrive.its savedmany a tree.cities forestry’s use it i use it. Takes drops not spoons. Makes a strong root system. So much to say you need to look it up and read go to amazon

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    • Martha Hardesty Martha Hardesty on Nov 02, 2018

      Is it possible to keep adding compost or a fine grade hardwood mulch as it decomposes it makes the ground soil in your case sand.. keep adding but don’t touch it to the trunktree. Where I live we use hardwood mulch the first few yrs.before we use decorative rock if the soil is pour. You wouknt believe how much better it makes the soil after a few yrs. . I lived in Ga.for 15 yrs the sand is tricky,but I’ve also learned that sand helps things grow developing roots not sure about trees though. Start a inch or so out from the trunk come out a few ft then make a bank alll around. Too many people make the mistake of mounding it up like an ice cream cone. Good luck Joe I’m a tree hugger use to. Be the City Forester for the little city I live in ,my heart goes out to you!