Bad Storm, BAD!
Here in the upstate of South Carolina it is very common fr the contractors to plant a Bradford Pear tree in the front of the finished home they build. And while these are beautiful fast growing trees, they are not very sturdy and last about 10 years (if you are lucky) before they loose major branches either to high winds or to snow and ice. I have been lucky because my tree was one of the few in my neighborhood to not have any damage over the last 13 years. That is up until last week! That's when we had a huge thunderstorm roll through our area. And even though I welcomed the rain, I DID NOT welcome the destruction it caused on my house. About 9pm the first half of the tree broke and fell into the road. PHEW, I thought. I was so glad it hadn't fallen on my roof or my car that was within a few feet to it in the driveway. Well about 5am we woke to a loud boom. At first we thought it was lightning striking nearby, but when we peeked out the window we quickly found out that the majority of the remaining part had fallen onto the house. Luckily it really only clipped the roof and gutters. But sadly there was a tragic injury when I looked closer. My beautiful sweet weeping Japanese maple that I have been growing for about 10 years was nearly split in two! I really felt like crying over my poor little tree. I am happy that my house and car and more importantly my family was not harmed. But dang it, couldn't it had just fallen about three feet to the left so my tree would have been okay?