Storm Damage

Storm Damage

The safety of people’s property is constantly under threat from harsh turbulent weather conditions like strong storms, winds, lightening, and etc. They often result in cases of trees falling on homes, cars, etc., causing home owners to incur serious loss or suffer fatal injuries. In less serious cases of storm damage, they result in tree injuries which eventually affect their structure, functionality, productivity, and etc.

When a tree is affected, irrespective of how small or insignificant the damage seems, its structural integrity might have been compromised. Some serious storms may cause trees to be slightly bent in a way that is difficult to notice. At other times, a tree may suffer some slight crack or breakage, which may eventually serve as openings for pests and diseases. However, studies have shown that most cases of serious storm damage occur when the trees affected already suffered some sort of weakness or health problem, before any storm. No tree is guaranteed safe from storm damage; however, trees are at different levels of vulnerabilities. Some trees are more likely to be damaged, unlike others.

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How to Avoid Storm Damage to Trees:

There is no universally acceptable way of avoiding storm damage to trees. However, with the following ways of caring for your trees, you’d be increasing the chances of your trees surviving turbulent storms:

Plant trees most suitable for your soil and environment: This is why it is quite important to consult professionals for your landscape planning. Planting just any tree in your yard just because you like them may eventually result into serious consequences.

First, the soil is not the same everywhere – the soil in your yard would determine the solidity of the trees you plant there. Many cases of storm damage to trees occur when large trees are planted on shallow or wet soils. Thus, it is important to have professionals thoroughly examine your yard and the soil in it. When this is done, they can recommend the best and safest tree for your yard.

Have professionals constantly and regularly assess your trees: Pests, cracks, sprouting mushrooms, felling limbs, etc. are clear signs of a poor tree health. In many cases, such health challenges culminate into or indicate poor structural integrity. However, it may be quite difficult for non-professionals to identify these symptoms or address them. This is why it is important to consult arborists to do the job for you.

Go for the best spots on your land: Trees planted on the wrong spots will have their health threatened by any serious storm. Hence, you need to understand how your land topography will expose the trees on your land to risks. This is also one of the key reasons to contact professional arborist for your landscape planning.

Choose trees with single trunks in environment plagued by violent storms: Trees with a two trunks are prone to getting weakened, compared to trees with single trunks. The junction at which two trunks meet in a tree can easily be split, causing a trunk to fall off suddenly. Single trunks, on the other hand, rarely have any weak point.

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What to Do After a Storm Damage:

Tree owners are often left flustered and confused after a storm damage. They may, out of fear, be tempted to take actions which may worsen the state of their trees. Here are a few important steps to take, in the event of a storm damage.

Examine the damage at a safe distance: The key is “safety first.” It is important for tree owners to get the details of what has happened to their trees, so as to know the next line of action.

Contact Emergency Tree Services: This helps to provide professional assistance, without further damaging tree or property.

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