I think it must have hit my area harder than most. The power was out from Tuesday afternoon until Thursday night and I just got internet back this afternoon. Cell coverage was very spotty- I would sometimes get texts, but had trouble sending them, especially in the first few days.
In terms of the orchard, I just had a few trees start leaning:
Magness pear (on quince) from 2012:
I already had a support post for it, but I didn’t use the strongest stuff to tie it up and it degraded over time. This time, I had some vinyl covered twisted metal strands, which should hold it pretty well. It was a bit tricky to stand back up (it does have some pears on it…), but wasn’t too bad.
GA866 from 2016:
The 2nd pic is after I staked it up, by light of my headlamp on the evening of the storm. Note the neighbor in the background who has a generator…
I think I lost some fruit on this one, when it leaned onto the Sherwood (luckily it didn’t get the part of the Sherwood with the most fruit). Not from GA866, which barely flowers, let alone sets fruit, but from some of the grafts on it, Dae Sol Jo and Vegas Booty. I still see some DSJ and there could be one VB. I probably need to prune the top back a bit this winter, as the tree extends well past the support (a 10.5’ galvanized top rail driven ~2’ into the ground). But it won’t be a bad thing to have some DSJ and VB wood for grafting…
Here are a couple pics from a rental:
This maple is quite brittle and I spoke with the neighbor about removing it. But, he loves big trees (ugh) and wanted to keep it. He even had it pruned and a cable installed a couple years ago (just above which the branch broke). Well, thankfully it was the part over his yard (which is now nearly full of branches) which broke off, not the part over my garage. We’ll see if this changes his feelings on the tree.
From a different neighbor at the same property, a huge black walnut fell over. I’m happy to see this, as they can have widespread impact on plant growth from the jugalone their roots extrude.