Did you find that some of the trees on your property were damaged when the last storm rolled through? It’s important to take care of any cracked and broken limbs quickly so that you don’t risk the damaged branches falling and causing harm to other property, vehicles, and people. We have a few tips for figuring out whether your tree needs to be removed or can be nursed back to health.
Assess the Damage You’ll need to take a look at your tree’s condition after the storm passes, but be very cautious around storm-damaged trees as broken branches could fall at any moment. Look for major limbs that are cracked, dead, or broken. These will likely need to be removed to avoid future disasters. Is there extensive damage to the tree’s crown, or did it lose most of its limbs? Without enough branches and foliage to collect sunlight, the tree will not be able to get enough nourishment to thrive and may eventually die. If you’re uncertain, a professional arborist will be able to tell you if your tree can be saved. Check the roots of your tree too. If the roots were pulled up even a little bit, the tree’s foundation could be weakened enough to put it at risk of falling over.
Remove Broken Branches Damaged or dead parts of your tree should be removed as soon as possible. This will reduce the risk of accidents occurring as well as give your tree room to recover from the abuse of a heavy storm. Make sure you remove the limbs properly. Even if a branch is barely hanging on, it should be cut rather than simply yanked off the tree in order to avoid stripping the tree’s bark.
Avoid Over-pruning Once the damaged branches have been removed, your tree may appear uneven or misshapen. Resist the urge to keep cutting branches to achieve a more pleasing shape. Your tree has suffered some serious injuries and needs all the help it can get to recover. Every healthy branch that remains will help to provide your tree with the nourishment it needs to return to its former health and beauty.
Use a Trusted Arborist Service After a storm, the affected area will often be visited with “door-knockers” offering their services to clean up your damaged trees. There is usually no way to tell if these workers are qualified, and the convenience of door-to-door tree service could end up really costing you when a tree that should have been removed later falls, or you end up losing a tree that could have been saved. If you feel uncertain about caring for your trees yourself, then a certified, insured arborist will be best suited to care for the trees on your property while giving you peace of mind.