Hurricane Season Ending – Tree Maintenance

Hurricane season is coming to an end. Fall is here and so are the cold temperatures!  If you have any damaged trees, you should have them inspected or removed before winter begins.

All trees have the potential to fail at some level of force from wind, snow, or ice. The problem lies mostly with the trees that have been developed around and had roots cut, crushed, or torn in the process. After this type of storm damage, there may be ensuing decay for the tree. Wood decay can cause trees to break down.

The strength of a tree comes from the quality and quantity of the wood that is present. According to Scientific American, the taller a tree, the higher chance it could collapse during a storm. The trees most at risk are those whose environment has changed within the last 5-10 years on average.

It is possible for trees to topple with little rain or wind if the roots are decayed. The main factor that causes a tree to collapse and have damages is the amount of drainage. If the soil has more water, then the roots can break and fall apart.

In order to figure out if your tree is at high risk for falling, use the following steps to come to this conclusion:

Look at the tree and its environment. Is the tree leaning? Has the lean of the tree increased over a few years? Are there cracks in the stem? Is the crown healthy? Do you notice mushrooms of wood decay fungi on the stem or soil associated with woody roots?

Accessing the health of your trees before the winter is a crucial step in preventing a down tree from falling on your house or damaging other parts of your property. y. After a damaged tree is inspected, it can be determined whether or not it should be removed or treated with a fungicide. If the tree needs to be removed, our tree experts can step in and help you out.

The experts at Hometown Tree Experts can help you diagnose any tree diseases and/or problems with trees that have been damaged. We can also remove a damaged tree that cannot be saved. Click here