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Why Tree Maintenance Matters

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Tree Maintenance Matters Trim your trees!

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)

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