Taking Care Of Storm Damaged Trees
Though they’re generally viewed as being durable and eternal, trees may become vulnerable in adverse weather conditions such as storms and strong winds. Powerful storms and very high winds have been seen to annihilate trees and rip even the healthiest & sturdiest trees out of the ground, sending them smashing to the ground, or onto power lines, buildings, neighbours’ gardens and vehicles. How many times following strong winds have you heard about storm-damaged trees and dislodged branches blocking the road or damaging property. Apart from the inconvenience & danger it also can cause costly renovations. The hardest decision after a storm is not how to remove the trees that are definitely down, that is pretty much straightforward. The more challenging decision is whether some of the trees remaining upright are salvageable. Various trees that have been in part injured in the storm may present a future hazard and may need to be disassembled and took out to prevent putting property & people in danger in months or even years ahead. Some other trees can be saved by being pruned back, with their most affected sections being ‘amputated’ just like how an operating surgeon would take off a gangrenous leg. Some other may require to be staked with guy cables or supported with additional supports up until they are able to re-develop the root system they need to stand on their own. If a windstorm has caused trees to fall on property, our tree professionals can be relied upon to remove the broken trees efficiently, safely and quickly to allow the construction crews easy access to the property to start restorations on the affected structures and power lines.
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Different Kinds Of Storm Damage
Each of these kinds of damage causes a distinct outlook for the trees’ long term survival, however making a prognosis is a task ideally entrusted to a fully qualified arborist. An unqualified nonprofessional is much more going to disregard a small detail that may well differentiate one decision from another, like seeing the splinters from a crown twist but missing the slight lean that reveals that the roots also failed. There are basically 6 forms of storm damage that a tree can not generally stand up to:
- Blowovers – these are where the complete tree falls down.
- Stem Failures – this is where the trunk of the tree cracks above the ground, making the trees crown to come down or angle violently while the lower part remains standing normally.
- Root Failures – is where the root systems of the tree tear below the ground, leading to the tree pitching or swinging noticeably.
- Limb Failures – is where several branches of the tree detach.
- Crown Twists – is where the trunk of the tree rotates enough to split, but stays up. This takes place most commonly on trees with very unbalanced crowns. The complete crown effectively turns into a weather vane in a storm, turning to follow the wind in a manner in which the trunk can not.
- Lightening Hits – When lightening strikes the tree gets burned and electrocuted, but stays up, for now. Lightening hits have a lot of additional effects like massive water loss and opening a large amount of surface area up to pests and vermin, so a tree hit by lightening is always at a substantially greater risk to drop despite the fact that it survived the initial storm.