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Are My Trees at Risk for Storm Damage?

Trees at Risk of Storm Damage
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During a storm, most trees on your property run the risk of branches breaking, limbs falling, or the whole tree toppling over. While total tree failure is common during severe storms, there’s typically an underlying issue. It’s vital to inspect your trees and know the dangerous tree warning signs to keep you and your property safe. Below we’re exploring how to prevent storm damages to your trees and what signs to look out for. 

 

Dangerous Tree Warning Signs

During a hurricane or tropical storm, high winds and substantial rainfall can cause tree roots to fail and branches to break. In the winter months, extreme temperatures and heavy snowfall can be just as damaging. Before severe weather strikes, identifying potential tree hazards can reduce the risk of damage. Inspect your trees and watch out for these warning signs:  

 

Damaged Roots

The roots of your trees can occupy an area two to four times bigger than the canopy of the tree. Because of this, many tree roots undergo damage from a construction project or encroachment. This causes the roots to lift from the soil, where they can break. Without a healthy root system anchoring your tree in place, it runs the risk of falling over.  

 

Leaning Trees

A tree with a significant lean or a lean that has increased over time could have damaged or protruding roots. A tree that leans will likely fall in the direction it’s leaning; if positioned over your home or property, it could cause significant damage. 

 

Waterlogged Soil

The soil around your trees can become too wet due to heavy rainfall or large amounts of melting snow. When the roots become oversaturated, they can release their grip from the soil and uproot. Ensure your trees have a proper drainage system to prevent them from falling over. 

 

Damage to the Trunk

Hollows, cracks, cavities, and any other damage to the trunk can cause failure during a storm. Structural damage to your trees also makes them more susceptible to pest infestation. 

 

Fungal Growth

If you spy mushrooms growing on or around the base of your tree, it’s never a good sign. Fungal growth is a sign of decay and rot. It’s critical to have these trees inspected and treated immediately.  

 

Preventing Storm Damage to Trees

Though all trees are susceptible to storm damage, knowing the risks and creating a pre-storm strategy can prevent destruction on your property. If you’ve discovered any of the above danger signs, you should call a professional tree service company. If your trees appear to be in good health, you can take these extra precautions to help them better endure a storm.  

 

Prune Regularly

Pruning dead limbs or low-hanging branches that may pose a threat is essential. Thinning unwanted limbs from the canopy also allows the air to flow more freely through the branches during strong winds. 

 

Fertilize 

Trees in your neighborhood are growing in an unnatural environment, where vital nutrients might be lacking. Fertilizing your trees can replace those lost nutrients. 

 

Consult the Tree Service Pros!

At Tree Service Pros, we can assist with all of your storm damage tree removal services. We offer dependable 24/7 tree removal, maintenance, and stump grinding services to maximize your safety. If you suspect a problematic tree on your property, contact our team today! We can create a tree maintenance program to avoid weakened or dead trees from damaging your home or landscape. 

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