Not only do the trees on your yard enhance your property they also offer environmental benefits and shade. However, without proper inspection and maintenance these trees can pose a safety hazard to your home and family.
Tree maintenance involves more than just pruning and trimming branches. There are some key steps that you can take to protect both your trees and home.
Steps to Take Before a Storm
- Remove any dead trees on your property.
- Make sure that the tree is healthy by watering, fertilization and protection from soil compaction. When trees are healthy they are able to better adapt to changes in the environment, remain firm in the wind and react more effectively to damage.
- Regularly prune dead or broken limbs of trees to maintain their structural integrity. Also, thin excess branches every three to five years. (For more information, visit arborday.org.)
- Remove or treat pest problems as soon as you spot them to minimize potential damage to trees. Be careful not to over-treat tree hollows, and do not remove decayed wood from hollows unless it falls away in your hands. Cleaning hollows can cause additional internal damage to trees. If possible, cover the opening to hollows.
Six Signs to Monitor
When performing maintenance on the trees in your yard, make safety a priority. If you are unable or unsure on how to safely prune or remove trees and limbs, contact a professional tree-care service or arborist to help you do so.
It may be a good idea to consult with a professional if the trees in your yard already display any of the following characteristics:
- Cracks in the trunk or major limbs
- Signs of hollowing and decay
- Mushrooms growing from the bark
- Significant leaning to one side
- Limbs in contact with power lines
- Branches hanging over your house ,Although the branches may not be touching your house under normal conditions, high winds can cause trees and branches to bend or break.
Clatterbuck, Wayne. “Storm-Damaged Residential Trees: Assessment, Care and Prevention.” Extension.Tennessee.edu. The University of Tennessee;
Coder, Kim. “Storm Damaged Trees: Prevention & Treatments.” Warnell.Forestry.UGA.edu. The University of Georgia