WEAK WOODED TREES
Most homeowners won't want to replant the same trees
that failed them so miserably during the recent storm. The first
tree that comes to mind is Bradford Pear. Sure, there are
other varieties of ornamental Pears that may have
weathered the storm somewhat better, but overall, this
species is way overplanted.
Landscapes and neighborhoods
that planted rows of Bradford Pears, instead of "mixing it up"
with various other trees, have relearned the
tough lesson of monoculture: When you plant
all one variety, you are subject to devastating results.
We saw it with the Elms that were wiped-out by Dutch Elm
Disease, the Ash trees that are falling by the millions
to Emerald Ash Borer, and in this case, untold numbers
Pears broken-up by wet, heavy snow.
One of the many
Bradford Pears destroyed
by the heavy snows of February 2010
Clients will be calling on landscape professionals to
help them make their new choices. Variety is said to be "the
spice of life." In this case, variety is the key to
long term success. When 'mixing it up' with different varieties of
plants you are much less likely to suffer devastating
losses, whether it comes from insects, disease or heavy