“Timberrrrr”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


The last few days we have had a short, summer shower every day.  Because they only last under ten minuets, they have been dropping only about .10 inches of rain, just enough to dampen everything and raise the humidity.  Late Friday afternoon, one of these small showers came through our area, but this one was a little different.  It was accompanied by a short period of very high winds and what seemed like a microburst.  We marveled at the swaying trees, and were annoyed with the plants that were pushed over and the tomatoes that were knocked off the bushes.

It wasn’t until Saturday morning that I noticed “something” in the back corner.  That’s right, a big pine tree limb was laying on top of my hibiscus plants that I have in containers.  This dead limb was huge!  It must be at least eighteen feet long and about nine inches in diameter.  All of this sitting on top of my precious hibiscus, hostas, and holly ferns after crashing through the magnolia tree.


Fallen Limb 1 (redu)


Fallen Limb 2 (redu)


Fallen Limb 3 (redu)


Because this was a dead limb, it wasn’t too difficult for me to pull it off the plants.  There has been some damage especially to my hibiscus, but with some pruning, I think they will be okay.  The limb was stopped by the containers, so the holly ferns and hostas weren’t too badly crushed as I had feared at first.  But what was so surprising was where the limb came from. 


Fallen Limb 4 (redu)


This tree is in a neighbor’s yard.  You can see where the limb broke off.  It is at least sixty feet up, and the tree is about fifty yards away from where the limb landed.  That was some microburst!


  1. Lars said,

    August 2, 2009 at 9:08 am

    How awful for you. Now we know the reason why being out in a thunderstorm is a definite no no. Can you imagine standing under that magnolia for shelter and then having that big limb come down?

    • Jan said,

      August 2, 2009 at 6:51 pm

      Lars, living with older pine trees makes you appreciate safety. It seems we are always finding large limbs down. They are not kidding when they say to go inside at the first sign of bad weather.

  2. linnie said,

    August 3, 2009 at 6:47 am

    I am impressed that you were able to move such a large branch alone. Did the Magnolia tree suffer any damage? This fallen branch looks big enough to take out a large part of any garden.

    Linnie in Destrehan, LA

    • Jan said,

      August 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm

      Linnie, this huge limb did break into more manageable pieces when it hit. I guess when I saw it laying on my plants the adrenalin kicked in, and I was able to move several sections. There was one piece just over five feet that was way to the back that was too heavy for me to do anything but lift it off plants, and dear hubby had to get that one out. After everything was cleared away, I saw there was more damage than I initially thought.

  3. mothernaturesgarden said,

    August 3, 2009 at 7:04 am

    We have lots of mature trees and it is a common chore to pick up limbs anytime the wind rises.

    • Jan said,

      August 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      One of the reasons I like to have an occasional thunderstorm is that it seems to clear out the dead wood when it is still on the edge of the branch. Months of dry weather allow big branches to die back, and when they fall, look out.

  4. Sweet Bay said,

    August 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    That’s one of the drawbacks of pine trees, isn’t it? They do drop a lot of limbs!

    • Jan said,

      August 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      Yes, they can as they get older, and our trees are old. They average about 100 feet tall.

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