Huge tree limb falls in Fremont Park this afternoon

by Linda Hubbard on May 29, 2022

Emails Menlo Park resident Robin Tobias: Around 1:00 pm this afternoon, I was sitting on a bench at Fremont Park with a friend, and we heard a huge crackling noise above. We looked up and saw a gigantic limb off the tree coming down.

We got up just in time and witnessed this limb hitting the ground. Luckily there was nobody on the path, and thankfully no injuries. You can see how close the tree was to the bench — and to my shoes!

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Judy+Horst May 30, 2022 at 2:53 pm

Most people immediately think it’s the tree’s fault when limbs fall, or that trees are dangerous, but often it’s that the trees have not been adequately trimmed or thinned or maintained by the County or by home owners. That’s why trees need to be evaluated by arborists every year or two for their health, especially in prolonged droughts. All of the water or moisture that they take in goes to the top of the trees or to the ends of the branches, adding extra weight there and causing limbs to break. So, thinning trees every year or two just makes sense, and it avoids injuries to those enjoying parks, or their backyards.

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