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Kentucky Color - Landing Zone Alert
Water Maple helicopters blizzards can be fascinating to watch, but can cause homeowners much pain in their bank accounts
For next earlier Kentucky Color, see Kentucky Color: Chance Sassafras
By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry
With the windy conditions in the spring Water Maple helicopters can travel to their favorite landing zone - your gutter. If you have a Water Maple tree or your neighbor has a Water Maple tree or your neighbor's neighbor has a Water Maple tree then I suggest you check your gutters.
They also germinate quickly as you can see in the two gallon that was stopping up all four of my downspouts. In a week or so I would have had young Water Maple protruding up from the landing zone.
Gutters are expensive and somewhat fragile. With downspouts blocked several hundred pounds of water and Water Maple seedlings can stand in them causing them to swag and pull away from the house. This can cause one to have to dig deep into the old bank account for repairs or replacement.
Also, water running over the top of gutters rather than being directed away from your home by the downspouts can contribute to basement flooding and the weakening of foundations. -Billy Joe Fudge
This story was posted on 2010-05-04 08:34:05
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