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How to Assess the Condition of Your Storm-Damaged Trees

Storm Damage Large BranchAfter a storm has blown through your yard, you need to walk around your property to check your storm-damaged trees and determine what should be done with them. To help you make your decision, here are 5 things that you should consider:

Location

One of the most important things that you should check with your trees is their location. If there are few people who go near them or they’re far from structures, you don’t need to worry about the trees. On the other hand, your trees are at high risk for causing problems if they are near playgrounds, power lines, roadways, your home, or other structures.

Tree Species

Some trees are more susceptible to diseases, decay, or other issues. These ones will have a difficult time with pruning, so you may need to just remove the trees altogether. Some of the species that you should be wary of include maples, water oaks, laurel oaks, or willow oaks.

Age

Younger trees are more resilient than older trees, and you’ll have an easier time pruning them. If your tree is less than 5 years old, you’ll have a much easier time taking care of the tree than if it were older than 15 years old. Then, it will be more susceptible to root problems, decay, or structural issues. If your tree is 6-15 years old, you can have moderate success with saving your tree.

the tree is falling on a ground after storm

Roots

Problems with roots can have serious consequences for the health of your trees. One of the most common storm damage to trees is root severance. When this happens, the trees can’t get the nutrients needed to thrive. You may notice that the tree is leaning, the soil looks mounded, or the soil has cracks in it.

Trunk

Issues with your trunk can be difficult to remedy. Some of the problems that you should watch for include the following:

  • Cracks
  • Breaks
  • Splits
  • Twists
  • Bends
  • Rips in the bark

If you notice any of those issues during your assessment, your tree may be beyond repair.

When you have damaged trees, you need to take the time to examine them carefully and determine whether or not you can save your trees. Good Morrow Land Service LLC can come help you assess the damage and determine whether or not your trees can be salvaged or if you need to remove your tree completely. If it’s determined that your tree can be saved, we can help you make a plan to prune and treat your tree to help make it grow strong and healthy once again.

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