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Tree Care: Before and After Major Storms

Tree Care: Before and After Major Storms

Most property damage due to severe weather occurs from falling trees and branches. 

High winds and saturated soil conditions typical of summer storms can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. During winter, the weight of ice and snow accumulation can be equally damaging, resulting in failure of branches and entire trees.

Pre-storm strategies are recommended to identify potentially hazardous conditions and to help reduce the risk of damage before harsh weather occurs.

Tree Inspections

In many cases, hazards are not always obvious to the untrained eye and correcting them can be a dangerous job. While it is impossible to totally protect your trees and property from severe storms, a certified arborist can inspect for issues that could predispose trees to failure. This could include a climbing inspection or an analysis of decay that may be present in the branches, stems or roots.

Based on what is found, appropriate treatments can help trees and shrubs better endure weather events. When there is an issue with the tree’s structure, installation of cables or braces can help the tree’s ability to withstand high winds and heavy snow. 

Preventative Tree Trimming

Removing damaged and dead branches — and pruning branches so they remain a safe distance from your home and other property —  helps avoid potential storm damage. 

Beyond storm damage prevention, tree trimming is also a vital part of proper tree care and promotes overall tree health.  

Post-Storm Care

Following strong storms, it’s important to remove damaged and dead branches to prevent disease and encourage new growth. 

Trees that are leaning following storms indicate significant root damage. Small trees may be successfully straightened and guyed, but larger trees could be at risk of future failure. These trees require thorough evaluation to determine whether removal or treatment is required.

Be very wary of an arborist recommending removal without reason! Trees provide beauty and add value to your property so removal should only be considered where high-risk conditions exist that cannot be effectively mitigated.

We offer a 15% discount when you contact us within 3 days of a major wind, hail or snow storm.

Source and text: Bartlett Tree Experts