Bad weather can have a serious impact on your home and trees. High winds and heavy rain together can have the effect of softening soil and uprooting trees. Lightning can cause temperatures that vaporise the water within the tree causing wood to split and trees to fail. Snow can bend and break limbs potentially damaging nearby wires, structures or vehicles.
A storm may cause the failure of part or all of a mature tree and significant damage to your property. How do you deal with the situation after a storm damages your tree? What is the best way to respond safely and quickly?
Evaluating Storm Damage
Evaluate your trees carefully by asking the following questions:
- Are the main limbs and the trunk still intact?
- Are at least half of the trees branches still intact?
If you answered yes to these questions, there is a good chance for complete recovery.
Greenwood Tree Care can help asses your tree after storm damage and even offer an Emergency Tree Surgeon call out service.
Always consider the potential dangers associated with working on and near trees that have been storm damaged
Storm damaged trees may now be in contact with overhead wires. Depending on the nature of the wire it can cause injury or death by electrocution. Trees in contact with wires should be removed by someone suitably experienced.
Broken or hung up limbs overhead in trees or on roofs will eventually fall and may lead to injury or death.
Trees and limbs under tension can behave unpredictably when cut. Death or injury may occur if tension and compression are not properly understood.
It may be tempting to try and tidy up and remove fallen limbs and trees yourself. Where large limbs are broken or hanging, if a ladder is required or a chainsaw needs to be used above head height it’s definitely a job for a professional.