As hurricane season is becoming active, many areas across the country are starting to experience high winds and extremely heavy rains. Unfortunately, these winds and rains are not the only things that have the potential to cause you property damage. During storms a lot of damage can be caused by falling and flying tree limbs. While it is impossible to completely eliminate your risk of having any type of tree related damage unless you completely remove the trees, there are steps you can take to minimize the damage your trees may do.
Inspect Your Trees
Many times when a tree loses a major limb, it comes as no surprise to the property owner. They often already knew that the tree was not healthy or had some type of defect. These are the types of things that you look for when you inspect the trees on your property.
Take a walk around any trees that could pose a potential hazard in the event of a storm. These are trees that would have the potential to fall onto your vehicles, home, other outbuildings, or on your power lines. Inspect trees along your driveway that could potentially fall and block egress to or from your home. These trees could impede medical and rescue personnel in the case of an emergency.
Start your inspection at the base of your trees - Look for anything that may indicate your tree has problems with its root system. This may include:
- Trees leaning
- Exposed root systems
- Cracked or raised soil around the root system
- Fungal growth on or around the base of the tree
- Carpenter ants, termites and more
Although not all trees grow straight and a little lean is normal, look for trees that start to progressively lean more. This is often a sign of poor weight distribution or root damage.
Continue your inspection by looking at the trunk of your trees - Look for trees that have any type of abnormality with their trunk. These may include:
- V-shaped or U-shaped multiple trunks
- Cracks or splits
- Holes or hollows
Finish your inspection with a review of the canopy of your trees - Look at your tree's limb system and foliage. Look for:
- Barren branches
- Suspended, broken or hanging branches
- Dead or dying foliage
- Misshapen foliage
- Cross branching and more
If your trees are near power lines, make sure that you are looking for any scorch or burn marks. These are often indicators that your trees have been in contact with the power line and have conducted some type of electrical current. If you see this, immediately contact your power company and they will come and trim the affected trees at no cost to you.
Prune Your Trees
Once you have identified any problems your trees may have, it is important that you address these problems as quickly as possible. Although trees with root issues, or those that are dead or dying trees will need to be removed, you can probably address most of the other potential problems that you find with your trees by cutting them back or pruning them.
Although you may be comfortable pruning small trees or limbs on your own, large trees or trees that need major pruning are often best left to a professional tree trimming service. They will have the knowledge, expertise, and equipment to perform the necessary pruning. This will not only remove any potential hazards that your tree may pose during a storm, but by having your trees correctly pruned you will be left with a much healthier tree.
Call a tree service, like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc., today and have them take care of your trees before the storms hit. They will be glad to come, inspect the job that you need done, and give you an estimate.