Why Tree Maintenance Matters
Trimming your trees before a storm can be the difference between damage to your home or not. A unmanaged tree is going to handle a storm much differently than a tree that has been trimmed and maintained. A well maintained tree will have all healthy branches and will be trimmed and much safer during a storm.
Things that increase a tree's chances of blow over:
- Trees on lots of homes that have been built in the last five years or so. Many of these trees will have root damage from lot clearing and home construction.
- Newly cleared areas with scattered trees remaining.The trees have not adjusted to the newly open grown conditions and higher winds.
Characteristics that increase a tree's chance of being damaged in a storm:
- Included bark where large stems meet (maple and ash).
- Rot in the roots, stem or branches
- Trees with numerous small branches and twigs that create a sail effect (topping/poor pruning often causes this). Never top trees.
Homeowners should examine their trees before the storm:
- Remove trees with large cracks or splits or severe root damage
- Remove tree branches with rot in them
- Advise power company of trees with branches interfering with power lines
- Contact a certified arborist
- Good branch angles are 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock, closer together causes weaker branches
- Prune properly (do not flush cut to stem, but do not leave big stubs that will rot either)