March 14, 2023 – CBC PEI: When arborist and landscape horticulturist Kurt Laird first got the call about McKenna’s tree, he was being inundated with post-Fiona clean-up requests. The best time to straighten a tilting tree is immediately after it’s damaged, but McKenna’s tree would have to wait.
“Unfortunately we were so busy with storm damage control in the fall, we didn’t get to many — or any,” Laird says. “But winter time’s not great because the ground is frozen.”
He says the science of straightening a leaning tree is pretty simple. Basically, it involves pulling it back into the right position with force.
“We attach one point to the tree and another point to a solid anchor and we use a come-along type device to slowly pull it up,” he said. “Then we guy it – or stake it – to that position and then we release the pressure.”
Read the full CBC PEI story by Victoria Walton here