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By Kevin Kilmurry - Owner

How to Prepare Your Tress For Storm Season

Storm season can be a challenging time for homeowners, especially when it comes to protecting trees and the surrounding landscape. Strong winds, heavy rain, and lightning can cause significant damage to trees, posing risks to your property and safety. Proper preparation can help strengthen your trees against storms, mitigate damage, and ensure quick recovery. Here’s a comprehensive guide to preparing your trees for storm season.

Tips for Strengthening Trees Against Storms

  1. Regular Pruning:

    • Remove Dead or Weak Branches: Dead, diseased, or weak branches are more likely to break off during a storm. Regularly prune these branches to reduce the risk of damage.
    • Thinning the Canopy: Thinning out the tree’s canopy allows wind to pass through more easily, reducing the chances of the tree being uprooted or broken.
    • Correct Structural Issues: Address structural problems such as co-dominant stems (two or more main stems of equal size) by selective pruning to promote a stronger, single trunk.
  2. Proper Tree Care:

    • Deep Watering: Ensure your trees are well-hydrated, especially during dry periods. Deep watering encourages strong root growth, helping the tree anchor more firmly.
    • Mulching: Apply mulch around the base of your trees to help retain moisture and protect roots. However, avoid piling mulch against the trunk, as this can cause rot.
  3. Bracing and Cabling:

    • Support Vulnerable Trees: Trees with heavy or unbalanced limbs may benefit from bracing or cabling. This involves installing hardware to support branches and reduce the risk of splitting.
  4. Choose Storm-Resistant Species:

    • Planting Wind-Resistant Trees: If you’re planting new trees, consider species known for their wind resistance, such as live oak, bald cypress, or crepe myrtle.

Common Storm Damage and How to Address It

  1. Broken Branches:

    • Immediate Removal: Safely remove broken branches to prevent further damage and reduce hazards.
    • Proper Pruning: Cut back damaged limbs to the nearest healthy growth point using proper pruning techniques to promote healing.
  2. Uprooted Trees:

    • Replanting: Small trees that have been uprooted can sometimes be replanted. Replant the tree as soon as possible, ensuring the roots are covered and the tree is staked for support.
    • Removal: Large trees that are uprooted typically need to be removed, as they pose significant safety risks.
  3. Split Trunks and Branches:

    • Bracing and Cabling: For minor splits, cabling, and bracing can provide support as the tree heals.
    • Professional Assessment: Severe splits often require a professional assessment to determine if the tree can be saved or if removal is necessary.
  4. Leaf Damage and Defoliation:

    • Cleanup: Remove fallen leaves and debris to prevent fungal diseases.
    • Monitoring: Monitor the tree’s health; most healthy trees can recover from temporary leaf loss with proper care.

The Importance of Post-Storm Tree Inspections

After a storm, it’s crucial to inspect your trees for damage to address issues promptly and ensure safety:

  1. Safety First: Before inspecting, ensure the area is safe. Look out for downed power lines or hanging branches that could pose immediate dangers.

  2. Assess Structural Damage: Check for broken, hanging, or cracked branches. Pay special attention to the trunk and major limbs for any signs of splitting or cracking.

  3. Root Stability: Inspect the base of the tree for signs of upheaval or root exposure, indicating potential instability.

  4. Hire a Professional: For large trees or significant damage, hire a certified arborist to perform a thorough inspection. They can provide expert advice on whether the tree can be saved or if removal is necessary.

  5. Document Damage: Take photos and document any damage for insurance purposes. This can help in filing claims and getting necessary compensation for repairs.

Preparing your trees for storm season involves proactive care and timely intervention. By strengthening your trees through regular pruning, proper care, and choosing storm-resistant species, you can reduce the risk of storm damage. Understanding common storm damage and knowing how to address it promptly ensures your landscape recovers quickly and remains safe. Finally, post-storm inspections are essential for identifying and mitigating risks, protecting both your trees and your property. For best results, always consider consulting with a professional arborist to assess and manage your trees effectively.

If you suspect your trees might be affected by a storm, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact our Kilmurry Tree Service team for a professional assessment and expert care. 

Call us now at  770-917-0808 or request a quote to schedule a free consultation.

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