Bettering Plainfield with the facts since 2005

Friday, July 20, 2018

Tree trouble?

A number of years ago, this tree on private property fell
toward the street and was only kept from landing on passing
traffic by the utility wires. Liability? Who do you think?

If you are like half of Plainfielders, you live in a single family home.

And the likelihood is your property is shaded by trees -- perhaps quite a few of them.

Trees are valuable for cleansing the air -- my back-of-the-envelope calculation is that there are probably half a million or more trees shading, cooling and refreshing Plainfield.

Like most of us, you probably enjoy them for their shade, hate them for their falling leaves in the autumn, and don't give them much thought the rest of the time.

Well, maybe you should.

Trees along your boundary line with your meighbor may overhang their property and a diseased or rotten tree that falls on your neighbor's property can be a liability for you insurance-wise.

Likewise trees that are not properly attended to and need to be removed can hit you in the wallet to the tune of $1,000 or more.

So, maybe you would like to take a little time to learn more about your trees --

  • how and when to care for them
  • how to maintain them
  • when and how to prune them
  • and more
Plainfield residents have an opportunity this coming Monday (July 23) to attend a TreeKeepers workshop on trees presented by the NJ Tree Foundation.

This event is FREE for Plainfield residents and will take place in the Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room of the Plainfield Public Library between 6:00 and 8:00 PM.

If you plan to attend, please be courteous and RSVP to (609) 439-1755, leaving your name, email address and the fact that you are from Plainfield. (Residents of other communities may attend for a $25 fee.)

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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