Dealing With Storm Damaged Trees

A serious storm can uproot trees, break tree trunks, break tree branches, or leave your trees flooded. However, not all trees that have suffered storm damage end up dying; some eventually recover. You need to know how to differentiate between trees that can be saved and those that cannot be saved and what you should do to save those that can be saved.

Determine the Extent of the Damage

After the storm, the first thing is to determine how damaged your trees are. In many cases, storm damage doesn't always lead to permanent tree damage. However, you shouldn't rely on guesswork to make your decision. If in doubt, get a professional tree care company to do the evaluation for you. This is especially useful if you have mature trees that you wouldn't want to remove, but can also cause serious injury or damage if you make a mistake with the evaluation.

Remove Dangerous or Damaged Trees

There are two main reasons you would want to remove a tree after a storm. First, you should remove trees that are damaged beyond repair. For example, if a mature tree's main trunk is broken, the chances of saving the tree are low, and the best thing to do is to remove the tree. Secondly, you should remove trees that are at risk of causing injury or damage. For example, a tree that is leaning dangerously towards the power lines or the house should be removed to avoid accidents.

Remove Damaged or Dangerous Branches

Even damaged trees don't have to be removed in their entirety. In some cases, you just have to remove the damaged or dangerous branch. For example, in a large tree with multiple branches, the severe damage to one branch doesn't spell doom for the whole tree. You can just remove the affected branch and let the rest of the tree survive.

Restore Whenever Possible

Depending on the extent of their damages, you may be able to save some of your trees after the storm.  The size of the trees, tree species, nature of the damage, extent of the damage, and prevailing weather conditions, are some of the factors that determine the necessary restorative interventions. You may have to mulch the trees, apply fertilizer, trim the trees, stake the trees, or drain the floodwater.

A tree company can help you with all the above processes. That way, you don't risk removing trees that you can save, and you also don't risk injuries and damages to your house.

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how to identify tree illnesses and infestations

I spent my youth in the city, but when I got married, I moved out into the country with my new husband. We bought a house on a beautiful, wooded piece of land. It is the sanctuary that I had been missing all of my life. Unfortunately, having not grown up around trees, I was unaware of the fact that several of the trees were being killed by a nasty little beetle. Since those trees were removed, I have taken the time to learn how to identify tree illnesses and infestations before they become so serious that the trees need to be removed. Find out how to identify these issues here on my blog.