How to protect your trees in severe weather!
We've received dozens of calls this weekend from people with storm damaged trees. Our crews have been taking trees off houses, driveways, wires and yards, and removing broken branches from trees. We've also had a number of calls about uprooted trees in Swampscott, Marblehead, Lynn, Lynnfield, Andover, North Andover, Revere, Winthrop, Boxford and Reading.
Recent year’s severe weather events such as the ice storm of ’08, Halloween storm of ’10, Hurricane Sandy ’12 and other unnamed storms have damaged trees across the North Shore of Boston. Trees catch the wind like sails and branches hold snow and ice; overextended limbs are most likely to break in wind, snow, and ice events. Storms can cause other types of failure as well: root plate failure, soil failure, sliding I-Beam failure, insect and disease failure, and lightening strikes!
And unfortunately, insurance may not cover trees that are not threatening life or property!
What you shouldn’t do!
DO NOT go near a tree that has become unsafe with broken limbs or uprooting
DO NOT cut an uprooted tree, the roots may be under tension still and when weight is removed from the crown (leafy portion or the tree) the tree can stand back up!
DO NOT attempt to free up broken limbs, what may look small from the ground can be very large…and heavy!
What can you do?
Like anything else, preventative maintenance is easiest…and cheaper!
Healthy trees are generally safe, so stay on top of:
- IPM and fertilization
- Crown reduction and thinning reduces sail volume and over extended limbs
- Cabling helps support larger limbs
Contact one of our certified arborists to learn how to keep your trees healthy or to help with storm damage clean-up!