Treefall

26 Turner St., Brighton. Photo by BFD.26 Turner St., Brighton. Photo by BFD.

A year after Irene sent thousands of trees plunging to the ground, Sandy uprooted thousands more.

Michael Ratty photographed a tree down in Copley Square:

Tree down in Copley Square

Michael Ball went outside his home on Milton Avenue in Hyde Park to see a large pine in his yard topple onto the street:

Downed pine on Milton Ave., Hyde Park.Posted under this Creative Commons license.

Ennis Glendon photographed a tree collapsed on a house at Washington Street and Monastery Road in Brighton:

Brighton tree in house

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The reason

all of these trees come down is that their sad little street squares don't give them enough water to develop deep root systems during growth.

To develop deep, stable roots, these trees need a good, several gallon soaking a week. No one does that.

Are you sure?

Not to toss out your post, as I myself do not know the true answer, but don't trees grow larger root systems when they have less water? In order to get enough water to sustain themselves, their roots will spread out, seeking any moisture. That would be counter-intuitive to your post, but again, I have no idea.