Did a Storm Damage Your Tree?



Winter storms cause tremendous stress and severe damage to trees in the urban forest. Obviously, a snapped or downed tree should he removed. What about a tree that suffers minor damage? How can a homeowner tell if a tree is safe?

Assessing the Damage
Minor damage - with only the smallest branches of the tree being injured -- usually results in little or no permanent injury to the tree. All that is required is cleanup of the broken twigs and branches and perhaps a crown cleaning or thinning prune to restore a pleasing shape.

More severe damage - large broken branches, split crotches, removal of bark, and splitting or splintering of the trunk - can be caused by strong winds and heavy ice storms. When a tree is severely damaged, the first question that must be answered is: "Is the condition of the tree such that keeping it is worthwhile?" The tree care professionals at Adam Bright Tree Service should be consulted to answer this question.

Most arborists will take the time and effort to save a tree only if the tree will still be healthy, attractive. and of value to the property owner after repairs. The tree care experts at Adam Bright Tree Service may recommend removal of a tree that has brittle wood and a branch structure that makes it vulnerable to additional damage from future storms. Trees that have been topped by storms are prime candidates for removal.

Other factors to consider when determining if a tree is worth saving:
  • species
  • age
  • growing location
  • value it adds to the property
  • sentimental value
If a tree is not worth saving, remove it as soon as possible. If it is not removed and the tree dies, it could become a hazard tree. Removal of hazard trees is dangerous to the tree care crew and requires special techniques, adding to the cost.

Treating the Tree
Assuming the decision has been made to repair the tree, the next question is: "Am I capable of repairing the damage myself or should I seek professional help?" Major repair will undoubtedly require the use of a chain saw and climbing equipment. For your own safety, we recommend that you call Adam Bright Tree Service to perform this work.

Inspect your trees for damage after a storm. If a tree possesses hazards, such as broken, hanging limbs, or a split branch union (sometimes called a branch fork), you should call Adam Bright Tree Service for a professional assessment. This is important because you could be held liable if the hazard branch or tree falls and damages property or causes personal injury.


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