Think About Your Trees BEFORE the Storm

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Storms during the spring and summer months in the south can be brutal to endure. A few minutes of wind, rain, and hail can lead to a very expensive cleanup and repairs. The efforts a property owner takes before a storm is well worth it when compared to insurance deductibles, major repairs and cleanups. Seeing as problems during a storm are largely created by trees, wouldn’t knowledge about why trees cause so much damage be helpful?

There are certain trees on your property that are more susceptible to wind damage. Ensuring all the trees on your property are healthy is the key to saving yourself a great deal of worry, work and money. Here are a few areas to think about when it comes to the health and well-being of your trees:

  • Trees that are always sitting in saturated soil, also known as having wet feet, can be easily blown over by any strength of wind or even fall on its own. Make sure the area around your trees has proper drainage.
  • A tree with an uneven canopy is susceptible to stress during a storm. During high winds, the uneven weight of the tree can cause part of the tree to twist and fracture (crown twist). Crown twists become a weak area in the tree and is susceptible to breaking during storms. Exam your trees for any stress fractures and have your trees properly pruned and maintained.
  • Root failure in a tree can lead to it falling during a storm. Roots die from many reasons; construction, disease, root exposure, root lifting, underground pipes, pavement, foundations, etc. When roots die the tree will start to die and will be less stable. When you see any root stress call a tree arborist for help addressing this issue.
  • Tree branches are often broken in a storm. The best course of action for branches is having your trees maintained and pruned properly. Pruning the tree should limit branches from breaking- limit them not stop them.
  • Anything that can lead to the tree becoming unstable is an issue that you will want to address, especially when the tree will cause major damage if it fell.

Trees on your property are your responsibility. When there is a storm and a tree causes damage, you have to handle it and most times pay for repairs and/or cleanup. Do not wait until storm damage occurs to start thinking about your trees. Proper maintaining and pruning of trees can help during most storms. Of course, we are talking about MotherNature, so some storm damage is completely out of our control. Control what you can and when in doubt ask aprofessional.

 

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