Once again, tree cutters have been in the Bayside area mangling trees on behalf of the utility company, apparently in this case Con Edison.
They supposedly are clearing around the overhead wires, however one wonders how much punishment our precious street trees can take before succumbing from over-pruning. In some instances, the centers of trees have been cut out, or entire sides of trees are removed.
This certainly can not be healthy for the trees and it most certainly destabilizes trees, making them more likely to fall during storms. It also can affect property values and defeats the benefits of why trees were planted in the first place.
When the tree cutters were around previously, I learned that trees were being pruned by contractors with different levels of ability and low levels of supervision for compliance to American Standards Institute regulations that are supposed to be followed during tree pruning activity.
The short-term solution to this problem is for utility companies like Con Edison to hire certified consultants when tree pruning is done. Cutting should be at a minimum for each tree.
The long-term solution is for utility companies to place their wires underground. This also makes it less likely residents will lose power during storms. Utility companies balk at putting the wires underground due to the cost involved, but isn’t public safety and consistent service worth the effort?
The trees would be thankful as well.