Spring storms, wind and falling trees come to Bergen County every year once we get into late March and April. Most of the time windy conditions are moderate. The are normally more of a nuisance than a problem but once in a while wind speeds reach high levels. If you own a home in towns like Englewood, Leonia, Ridgewood, Teaneck or Tenafly spring storms with high winds can create trouble.
These towns are renown for their beautiful ambiance. Their streets are lined with magnificent towering mature trees and beautiful shrubs. When wind gusts of 40-50 mph come during a spring storm, branches can go flying. Entire trees crash down sometimes during severe storms too.
If you don’t take care of your trees properly, they become diseased and weak. Falling trees don’t happen because of spring storms – they happen due to a lack of care.
Landscaping to most people means cutting and fertilizing the lawn with some trimming of your buses thrown in every once in a while. Few of us think that trees need help too. This is how you can get into trouble.
Here’s a picture of a tree that fell down in Englewood on the border of Tenafly. That’s not chopped wood you’re looking at – that’s the inside of the tree. This poor tree was badly diseased and rotting away inside; when it fell it literally disintegrated.
The fact that this tree landed on the neighbor’s property does not mean that the neighbor’s insurance has to handle it. If a tree falls on your property, you’re responsible for cleaning it up and whatever happens UNLESS you can prove that the tree fell because of neglect. Clearly this tree was not well cared for because it was badly diseased.
All of this happened including damage to a car because no one took care of 1 tree. HouseLogic.com has a great aricle about tree care to help you get started.