This story happened in Quebec, but it’s a story that could have happened anywhere with trees. Take one 150-year-old sugar maple tree. Apply wind; lots of wind. Aaaand… oops!
Miraculously, this tree-sized branch missed the car, landed on a fence but didn’t crush it, even the birdhouse made it through the branches unscathed.
However, the tree itself was seriously compromised, with one main branch out of three gone, leaving a trunk now open to the elements. One more big wind, and the branch to the left would fall on the garage; the branch on the right would head straight for the living room of our cottage.
What to do? Well, in our case, the first thing to do was to call our tree guy, Tarzan. You read that right (especially if you read it with a French accent). Tarzan knows trees.
At first, he gave us two prices. The first was to turn the fallen branch into firewood, and haul away the brush. The second price was to cut down the tree.
What is a 150-year-old tree? It’s something that has been around for longer than Canada has been a country. Let’s say it was actually planted 150 years ago, in 1859. According to Wikipedia, that was the year Dickens published A Tale of Two Cities. Big Ben’s chimes rang out in London for the first time. Arthur Conan Doyle and Georges Seurat were born. The very first oil well in the United States was drilled. That’s a lot of history.
We asked for a third alternative, to buy a few more years for this wounded but otherwise healthy tree. That’s why Tarzan will be coming back next week to try to stabilize the two remaining branches. He’ll insert two threaded metal rods, joined between the branches by a turnbuckle.
It’s an imperfect solution for a less-than-ideal situation. But if it’s good enough for the Maple Leaf Forever tree, it’s good enough for me.