Are Your Trees Ready to Handle Storms?

Did you know that Pennsylvania has had 13 storm disaster declarations in the last 10 years?

Are yours trees ready to handle any storm to come your way?  If not, check out these tips to make sure you are prepared.

  • imagesMake sure you don’t have any dead branches or excessively thick branches on your tree as these
    branches are most fragile and could potentially make the entire tree less strong if a storm approaches.   Pruning also removes potentially hazardous dead or weak branches.
  • Keep your trees trimmed so that large canopies of  leaves do not put more weight on the tree than necessary.  The foliage can catch more wind during stormy weather, increasing the risk of branch breakage and uprooting.
  • Has the tree ever been topped? This can cause the development of multiple sprouts that are not well attached and can easily break off. Topping and pruning cuts can also cause rot to occur in the tree trunks, making them a likely candidate for failure in a storm
  • Look for mushrooms at the base of the tree. They can be root-rotting fungi which will compromise the strength of a tree and affect its ability to withstand a storm.
  • Another thing to consider is how much total soil area a tree has around it. A small tree one that is shorter than 30 feet needs at least a 10 ft. x 10 ft. area for its root system. A tree with a height or spread of less than 50 feet needs at least a 20 ft. x 20 ft. soil area. A tree with a height or spread greater than 50 feet needs 30 ft. x 30 ft. Their distance from a paved surface should be from 2 ft. to 6 ft. to 10 ft., respectively.

Remember that a good tree work is worth the investment and that bad tree work can ruin your tree and end up costing much more in the long run.