3 Ways Severe Weather Can Damage Your Trees

19 February 2019
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If you have experienced some severe weather where you live, take some time to inspect the trees on your property. Natural weather events can cause serious harm to your trees.

#1 Flooding

Even if your trees are left standing after a big flood, it doesn't mean that they are okay. Flooding can be really damaging to trees, and it is not uncommon to see fall down or die after a major flood. Flooding can over-saturate the soil, making the soil too soft and damaging the support that the root structure needs. Flooding can rid the soil of important nutrients and oxygen and can stunt the growth of your trees.

After a flood, work to get rid of standing water as quickly as possible. Put fertilizer around the base of your trees to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need. If lots of soil was washed away, add new soil around the base of your trees as well.

#2 Lightning

When a tree is struck by lightning, even if the tree looks okay, the tree may be damaged beyond repair. If the lightning reached the trees root system, then the tree is fried. If the lightning didn't reach the tree's root system, it may survive. It can be hard to know if a tree will make it through a lightning strike just by looking at it, which is why it can be a good idea to have a professional inspect the tree and let you know if the tree will make it or if it needs to be removed before it falls down.

#3 Strong Winds

Strong winds can cause some real damage to your trees as well. Strong winds can break off branches and limbs. If you notice broken branches or limbs on your tree, be sure to cut them down right away. If you notice a rough break, try to cut the damaged area and leave it with a clean break that will help properly.

Really strong windstorms can actually twist the fibers of your tree trunk, which can be hard to spot if you are not a professional. Twisted tree trunks are more likely to fall and cause harm.

If severe weather has hit your area, check your trees and make sure that they are still in good shape. If you are not sure about the health of your trees, call in the professionals to inspect your trees. Often, damage may not be apparent right away. A tree removal professional can spot damage that you may not notice and take steps to protect the health of your tree or remove the tree if it presents as a potential hazard.