>Using trees as guy anchors has worked well for many (I never heard of a
>failure). The recommended technique is to drill a hole straight through the
>trunk and put a long eye bolt through it.
>Here in El Paso, I have several palm trees in likely spots. I wonder if
>anyone has experience in using palm trees as anchors. Are their root
>systems extensive enough to serve?
>Tnx es 73,
>Ed Jensen, K5ED, El Paso, TX <email@example.com>
Ed, as a former El Pasoan and also a former Floridian, I can tell you the
palm tree root systems are relatively extensive. They are strong enough
to hold the palm trees in place during many hurricanes in Florida. I would,
however, make sure the eye bolt is placed down very close to the ground
because palm trees do tend to sway bit in a strong wind. In fact, when
the Franklin Mtn winds howled through my neighborhood (North East El Paso)
I've seen a 2x4 go parallel to the ground across my yard at about 10 feet
high and it just kept right on going!!!
73, Rod N5HV
Ex-W5HVV, HS3VV, VP5RR, VP7ND, G5AVW
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