When Nature Strikes

 Tree Care After the Storm

For much of the southeast, Hurricane Irma has come and gone and left a path of flooding and damage. Other than flood waters, hurricanes bring with them extremely strong, damaging winds. Extreme winds can be one of the most damaging external forces a tree can face. Trees with defects or issues will become very apparent during a storm event like a hurricane.Unfortunately, if you have a tree that has failed completely, either at the roots or somewhere on the trunk, it is very unlikely that it can be saved. If you have trees that have broken branches or lots of deadwood hanging in the canopy, you need to take some steps to make sure your trees can recover and stay safe.
Unfortunately, if you have a tree that has failed completely, either at the roots or somewhere on the trunk, it is very unlikely that it can be saved. If you have trees that have broken branches or lots of deadwood hanging in the canopy, you need to take some steps to make sure your trees can recover and stay safe.

Assessing the Damage

First, call your arborist to evaluate your trees. A tree evaluation by a professional arborist will include a visual assessment of the root zone, the trunk, the crown, as well as branches and leaves. The arborist will look for soil that looks like it is heaving or moving, indicating that the root zone may be compromised. They will also check the trunk and crown for visual defects like cracks or broken hanging limbs. These are all crucial for keeping your trees safe.

Restorative Tree Pruning

Second, if your tree does have some damage, some restorative pruning may need to be performed on the tree. Pruning a tree to remove broken and split branches will help the tree recover and close those wounds. Open wounds on a tree can let in damaging insects and diseases. Pruning quickly after an event like this is crucial for keeping your tree as healthy as possible.

Tree and Shrub Programs

Lastly, talk to your arborist about putting all your trees and shrubs on a program. Our programs will keep your trees and shrubs as healthy as possible. Keeping your trees and shrubs healthy will help them withstand attacks from insects and diseases, as well as recover from other stresses like storm damage. A tree and shrub program is one of the most important steps to take if you love your trees and shrubs

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