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Posted June 19, 2017 - 07:28 AM

Went rolling through just to the SW of us.  Couple EF1-2 tornadoes west about 80 miles.  Some still w/o power this morning.  We had power out for about 5 min.  Strong winds up to 40 mph and hard rain, 1.48 by my weather station.

Tomato cages stayed upright except 3.  Plants OK.  Lost one Cauliflower plant that broke off at ground level.   Rest of the garden made it OK.  Had lots of smaller limbs down and one big 8" broke over.  We were right on the NE edge of the worst part.  Haven't heard of any building damage but haven't been out and about yet.  Hybred willow make nice dense shade trees but the sure loose a lot of small limbs during windy condition and through the winter.  Think I will start planting Cottonwood, bug resistant and usually free for the digging.  Just pick your size.


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Posted June 19, 2017 - 09:14 AM

The neighbors lost their old cottonwood during the 5/27 storm. It was dead from being struck by lightening too many times. I am not a good tree guesser, but I would say it was 60 foot plus before it died. Luckily it wasnt near any buildings and didnt land on the fence when it came  down.



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Posted June 19, 2017 - 09:52 AM

 Think I will start planting Cottonwood, bug resistant and usually free for the digging.  Just pick your size.

 

Don't plant the Female cottonwoods or you will have fuzz everywhere. Some towns have ordinances in place that forbid their planting.  The stuff is death to air-conditioners and central air units if it isn't continually removed. The males are a wonderful tree to have around. Love the smell of them when the sun warms them up.   


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Posted June 19, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Good to hear the storms missed you. Sometimes Ma Nature is merciful.
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Posted June 19, 2017 - 04:54 PM

Dad has an 70 foot plus female Cottonwood tree.  Some years it really gets bad with it's flying seed.  Been that way since I can remember in the early to mid 1970's.  Gets in your nose and just a royal pain.  He can't cut it down because its too close to 2 pole barns and his house.  His bucket truck is only a 55 footer.  :wallbanging:


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Posted June 19, 2017 - 07:46 PM

From what I understand, Cottonwood's a great lightening attracter!!


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Posted June 20, 2017 - 06:38 PM

Don't plant the Female cottonwoods or you will have fuzz everywhere. Some towns have ordinances in place that forbid their planting.  The stuff is death to air-conditioners and central air units if it isn't continually removed. The males are a wonderful tree to have around. Love the smell of them when the sun warms them up.   

When you live in the country it don't make any difference what gender you plant.  To many trees around the air is full of flying cotton every spring.  If I plant a female and it shed its cotton, the wind will blow it off to other places and won't effect me ? ? Wishful thinking but that cotton will fly a mile before it lands.


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Posted June 20, 2017 - 06:41 PM

From what I understand, Cottonwood's a great lightening attracter!!

Have a 60' steel TV tower up that is 3' in the ground.  That should make a good lightning rod if anything does.  I have heard the same thing and don't doubt it a bit.  Probably because of their fast growing ability and high moisture content.


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