March 23, 2011 , ,

This past winter was one of the worst in recent memory. Severe storms dumped multiple feet of snow and brought heavy winds across New England, with the Merrimack Valley and North Shore of Massachusetts being two of the hardest hit areas in the region. Due to all the wind and snow accumulation, tree and shrub damage is inevitable.

Some of you may have been lucky enough to survive the winter without any fallen trees or property damage; however, you may still be in harm’s way, as a severe winter can often cause serious stress damage to your trees and shrubs, including trunk cracks, branch union weaknesses, and damaged root systems. Here is a quick checklist for inspecting your trees for damage:

  • Is there damage at the trunk or base of the tree?
    • Trunk cracks and up-rooting are common winter damages and cannot be ignored.
  • Is there evidence of weak branch joints or an abundance of fallen branches?
    • Winter snow and winds can be a burden on branches – inspect to ensure they were not injured.
  • Are the branches hanging lower than normal?
    • Excessive snow accumulation can cause structural damage to a tree. Low hanging branches indicate damage and can present a hazard to homeowners.

Our professionals can inspect your trees and advise you on tree removal or tree pruning best practices. It is imperative to inspect your trees as soon as possible in the early spring, as a leaf-less tree is easier to inspect. Also, once leaves and buds develop, your trees will become less wind resistant and more susceptible to damage during a storm.

In order to prevent future property damage, it is recommended that you have a Certified Arborist inspect your trees and ensure that they are in safe condition. Consulting with an arborist is free, and can help prevent property damage, injury, or legal issues associated with fallen trees and branches.

Get out there and inspect your trees or request a consultation with a Certified Arborist.