6 Oct

Protecting Your Trees from Storm Damage

Protecting Your Trees from Storm Damage

The importance of trees in our homes and other living spaces cannot be overstated here. There are various benefits associated with trees,in rural and urban areas, including trapping of CO2 from the air, controlling soil erosion, provision of shade, medicinal value and of course, their aesthetic value. Even with all the numerous importance aforementioned above, trees are increasingly facing risks from urbanization, deforestation and other types of damages including storm damage.The fortunate thing though is that as individuals we have the ability to arrest the destruction of trees, especially from storm damage.


Storm damage of trees

Big storms are often accompanied by stronger winds. These winds because of their pulling power often lead to the breakage or damage of trees.There are a number of ways or techniques we can implement or use to guard trees against the negative effects of storm damage.Having said that would be prudent to appreciate the fact that some of these ways may only help to minimize the impact because of the outright power of nature; storm damages caused to trees may be inevitable sometimes.

Ways to protect your trees against storm damage


I. Preserve healthy trees

Trees just like us, when they are weaker they become even more susceptible to damages.While it may not be possible to know the health of the tree, one clear indication of a bad health may be indicated by mushrooms growing on the tree trunk.For your option, there are specialized arborists that can be contracted. An arborist is able to identify any weaknesses and or diseases the tree/s may be having and employ the best treatment or corrective regime.

For your input, you can help by watering your tree/s regularly and spreading mulch on top of their roots especially during the dry seasons. You can also help in thinning or pruning of tree branches regularly. If a tree has a thinner covering, this softens the misfortune of storms as the area it is acting on is considerably smaller.


II. Power lines

During storms, we always witness power interruptions and damages as the trees near those lines fall on them.The results of such damages can be calamitous to you or the neighbor's property.Avoid being cheated by the small distance your tree is from a power line because during storms, trees are often swayed which can make it possible to reach or contact a power line.

There are always recommended distances within power lines which ideally you should not plant a tree. It can be 25 feet or more from the power line.In some cases to avoid the happenings of trees falling on power lines, the power companies like to prune such trees.


III. Planting technique used

Most tree nurseries like to use synthetic burlaps or Leno than earth balls as it is able to hold longer and tighter the roots of tree seedlings.The coverings are used to minimize any potential damage.The main disadvantage of synthetic root coverings is that they last longer in the soil if not removed during planting.By them lasting longer, they tend to impede the healthy growth of roots which is crucial for the stability of the tree against storm damage. This stability is achieved by getting hooked to the soil/ground. It is important therefore that the synthetic materials are removed before planting the tree seedlings.


IV. Tree type

One thing that is important to remember is that some tree types are prone to damage than others. This is because of their weak nature or structure attributed to their ability to grow faster than other trees. The common examples are the Bradford Pear,hickories and Pines trees which have been observed to be very susceptible to storm damage. The sturdier trees against storm damage include the red oak and the bald cypress.


V. Care for the tree root system

There are always various ways through which the trees root system can be weakened. These ways may include through surface run-offs caused by a number of factors and some activities including excavation or construction works. Apart from serving as an important factor in holding the tree in the soil, they are also important for nutrient and water intake from the soil into every corner of the tree.

Enough nutrients intake guaranteed by a root cared for would further improve the overall health of the tree against storm damage.

In conclusion, if your trees happen to suffer from storm damages, you can contract the services of a tree company to nurse the ones that can be repaired back to health. Of course, there is a little fee involved.Ensure that the company is insured and licensed to protect you against any dangers that may be involved with their operations such a tree falling on your property.


Archer Wrigley

Archer lives in Orange Country, California. A nature lover and passionate about helping people to go green.

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