After a strong wind, severe ice or other unpleasant weather, the structure of entire cities changed. Power-lines may be down; streetlights broken; homes are affected, and trees may get severe damages. In the wake of this devastating loss, homeowners may experience an unknown devastation, and they have a simple question in their mind: Will their trees able to survive or not?
The trees suffered from these severe storm or winds may not as much badly damaged as they first appears. A quick decision to remove a tree might not be suitable for trees that can recover from these damages. Follow these simple guides to protect your trees damaged from the severe storm.
Be calm & safe
Trees have incredible strength to recoil and withstand quickly from adverse conditions if proper time and care should be provided. The first rule is to stay calm, be patience and give an excellent chance of survival. Keep the damaged trees as long as you assured that there is not any physical risk to your property or to your life. Tree removal companies, city officials and utility workers first focus on dealing with hazards to property or life and then worked on removing damaged branches, tree limbs and sometimes whole of trees. However, you should be aware of that sidewalk or street trees are city-owned, and they own are responsible for their protection, and care.
Safety is the first preference and is a primary concern after severe storm damages. Stay away from the bent branches and trees larger than six inches in diameter, and that should be removed from the experienced tree surgeon around your local area. Use of chainsaw is the first choice, but not in case of unpredictable hanging branches or trees that can fall on at any time. Stay away from the broken electrical wires, low-voltage cable or telephone wires as they are dangerous for your life.
Hire certified arborists or trusted tree management company
It’s wise to hire a certified arborist for the better consequences of your trees. If trees is quite large and required the use of a chainsaw, it’s best to contact a reliable tree service company who knows well how to remove broken limbs and how to save trees from further damage. Again, be sensible in locating and selecting qualified tree care specialists. Stay away from those knocking at your door offering tree removal, tree pruning services. Unfortunately, those door to door individuals have less or no knowledge of trees, and their interest is just to grab money instead of providing efficient tree services.
When hiring an arborist or professional tree service company, determine it a well-trusted business in the community through their references, customer's reviews, website, and listing in the phone book or directory. Make sure they are fully insured for personal liability, property damage and worker's compensation. An ideal company employed certified arborists who are fully qualified, trained, experienced in tree repair or removal, and have all technical information related to trees protection.
Ask yourself key questions to assess the damage level
At first glance, it may appear that there is a massive damage to trees after severe storm, but in reality there are only few wounds to limbs, bark, or branches. Trees have an amazing ability to withstand and recover from damage quickly. Homeowners, before writing off trees should ask the following key questions themselves to assess the level of damage.
- Is the tree is healthy after severe storm? Is it suffered from structural damage? Tree with little wounds that seem to be healthy can be recovered through immediate first aid measures.
- Are the main branches and major limbs broken? It is useless to spend time on those trees whose major limbs are already cracked as they have fewer chances of recovery.
- Are there more than 50% trees branches intact? Trees that lost more than fifty percent branches would not to able to grow anymore.
- Is the tree belong to undesirable species or at wrong location? Tall trees close to power lines or property, seriously damaged and belonged to undesirable species should be removed immediately.
- Has the upward-trending leader lost? Tree leader is necessary for the natural shape and growth of a tree. The tree may survive without a leader but might not develop or grow properly.
- How big is the wound on the tree limb? Small injury in relation to the size of the limb, more like to recover soon and less likely vulnerable to pests and disease. A small wound of 2-3 inches on 12-14 inch diameter limb will cover with new bark within a couple of years.
- Will the tree resist appearance? Don’t rush to over prune the tree branches. Trees have a natural ability to return to their original appearance and natural beauty fast. Unnecessary steps may cause your tree look naked or unbalanced.
The above questions will help to make wise decisions about a particular tree whether to keep it when the wound is relatively small, give sufficient time to remove or replace it in case of injury is much large.
Important tips for providing protection to damaged trees
- Removal of broken branches is the only step at the time of pruning. First loose branches should be cut off and then cracked branches should be removed. Try to remove all those small branches that join bigger ones. Proper pruning cuts will reduce the risks of wood decay agents entering in tree wounds.
- Don’t urge or anyone to remove all tree branches and never go for “topping” as it is one of the harshest thing which you can do to trees. Topping reduce the amount of foliage, the nourishment and food on which tree depends for regrowth.
- Don’t try to over prune as it will make trees unbalanced, naked and difficult to come back to its natural appearance.
- Use sharp knife to smooth the ragged edges of torn barks as it will help to eliminate hiding space for the pests or insects. Try not to expose much greenish inner of bark as these layers are lifeline for tree foods, and water between leaves and roots.
However, quick and best-preventive measures taken by the homeowners help tree to resist storm damage and provide strength to recover from a major loss.