preparing trees for storm season

Preparing your trees for storm season

Preparing your trees to face the storm seasons as best as possible is a great habit – one that will help you protect your safety and the health of your valued trees.

Humid temperatures, powerful wind blasts, heavy rainfall… these are all elements that are not too forgiving on trees. Storms could break some havoc and cause severe damage to hardwood trees that aren’t adequately prepared to face the season.

Violent storms might damage trees and potentially cause distress to your property. In some cases, fallen trees or branches could end up destroying fences, or worse, parts of your home/household.

Please read on to find out more about how to prepare your trees to gain some peace of mind during the storm season!

It’s all about quality and choice.

All trees are susceptible to the eventuality of damage due to intense storms. However, healthy and robust trees will have much better chances to withstand harsh climate conditions and severe weathering. If you are planning on planting new trees, you should unquestionably consider your situation. It’s imperative to make sure that you select the appropriate type of tree for your environment. There is a number of things you could take into account in order to enhance safety. For instance, some trees may require a large area for their roots to spread out sufficiently. Proper root development is essential to the growth a healthy tree. While a violent storm might be able to eradicate weak roots, it will not be able to take on stronger trees just as easily.

If you are looking to improve safety and stability, don’t focus solely on the quality of the trees. Make sure to test the composition of the soil as well. The soil is a particularly important part of the equation since it needs to provide a stable ground for trees to grow and develop correctly. In some cases, the volume of the soil might not be sufficient. This could be a common problem for smaller planting areas, such as gardens or backyards. To prevent issues, always be considered about selecting the most appropriate planting location for any given type of tree you are planning to add to your property.

Never neglect proper maintenance.

Your trees may also require some extra maintenance ahead of the coming storm season in order to enhance their safety and stability. Lopping your trees quite regularly could help you avoid storm-related damage. An experienced tree lopper could help you enhance the safety and stability of your tree by removing branches. There are many reasons why people lop trees in their properties – mainly it is because a tree is getting too big and the branches might get dangerously close to a building or a fence. Lopping your trees ahead of the storm season will greatly enhance its safety by decreasing the risk of damaged branches flying around following a violent storm! People are never too keen on a branch potentially falling on their rooftops, costing hundreds of dollars in damages.

Trimming (or “pruning”) trees is also a very common practice. According to most professionals and experts, hardwood trees are best pruned in the so-called “dormant season,” meaning during winter.

The practice of tree trimming is particularly beneficial. Not only will trimming increase the safety of the tree in preparation for the storm season, but it will also improve its overall health.

If you have tall trees near your property, trimming is particularly important: a fallen branch could damage building, structures, vehicle, and worse of all, it could hurt people.

Trees might be suffering from dead branches or diseased stems, which could become the decaying home of a few unwanted hosts, such as molds, fungi, insects or small animals. The new inhabitants of the tree will eventually contribute to the decay of the tree, making it frail and more vulnerable. This goes back to the issue of preparing your tree to face stormy weather: a weaker tree is a more dangerous one!

For this reason, tree trimming can help you keep your trees get strong and healthy to face storms with no issues. If you think that you have a tree on your property that’s far beyond recovery, you might consider hiring a tree removal service in order to help you get rid of it. A dead tree laying around, for apparent reasons, could be potentially hazardous during a storm, and it can also become a gateway for mold and fungal infestations on your property.

As described earlier, lopping branches and trimming trees is a very useful, safety-conscious thing to do. However, you’d better not mess with the roots! Some people might want to cut or loop a tree’s roots or dig the soil around them for aesthetic reasons, but this might lead the tree to become weaker and more vulnerable.

There are other types of trimming that are customarily executed for aesthetic reasons, such as “lion tailing,” the practice of chopping off all the side-branches from a large branch, while leaving those at the very end untouched. While this might look very stylish, it certainly might not be optimal from a safety standpoint, since it can cause branches to be weaker due to improper weight distribution. Professional tree pruning/trimming experts will be able to perform lopping and trimming services on any given tree, taking industry-standard guidelines into account, as well as the best safety measures and precautions to improve the stability of a tree.

Normally, branches that looked cracked or rotten are removed, while overly long ones are shortened in order to contain the size and “spread” of the tree. As a rule of thumb, it is also ideal to shorten any branch that displays the same diameter as the trunk of the tree itself for safety reasons. Branches can also add a lot of unbalanced weight to a tree, and it’s never a good thing in case of storms.

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