Taking A Look At Storm Damage Tree Prevention Treatment
You need to protect your trees from storm damage. Here is what you need to do to protect your trees:
Prune trees properly
For your trees to grow healthy it’s recommended that you prune them on a regular basis. It’s even more important to prune them when the storm is coming. To be safe, get rid of all dead, weakly, and diseased branches that are over 2 inches in diameter.
You should also get rid of co-dominant branches. These are branches that arise opposite each other on the stem. Tree pruning professionals recommend that you remove all branches with tight or narrow branch crotches. This is of grave importance in trees with opposite branching patterns such as maple tree.
To protect the tree, make the pruning cuts on the outside of the branch bark ridge and branch collar.
You can prune trees by yourself, but to have peace of mind that the work is professionally done, hire a tree pruning contractor.
Get rid of lopsided tree clowns
If your area is prone to storms, you should carefully go through your trees and ensure that their crowns are symmetrical. If you notice that more than 70% of the tree crowns are on one side, hire a tree removal company to remove the trees as they might fall on your property causing a lot of damage and/or even death.
If the crown is slightly on the side, you should hire a tree pruning and trimming professional to trim it.
Keep the trees healthy
Just like anything else in life, weak trees are easily damaged by storms. Keep your trees healthy by watering and mulching them on a timely manner. Many homeowners make the mistake of over-fertilizing or over-watering the trees which is dangerous.
When you over-fertilize or over-water the trees, you increase the crown surface and/or decrease the rooting area. This makes the trees more susceptible to storm damage. The best way of going about it is being moderate in your work. Also consider getting advice from a tree professional on how to go about it.
It’s impossible to stop storms, but we can protect the trees from storm damage. Invest some time in your trees and work with a professional tree contractor and you will not only have strong trees that will weather the storm, but trees that look great once the storm is over.