- Identify any branch, trunk, or root defects
- Remove dead or defective branches
- Correct problems caused by improper care practices that have occurred in the past (ex. topping)
If preventative measures were not taken or did not save trees from storm damage, take the following steps:
Assess the level of damage done to trees by asking:
- Are major limbs still remaining in the tree?
- Is the tree trunk unbroken?
- Are at least 50 percent of the tree’s branches still intact?
If the answers to these questions are yes, the ISA says, “There is a good chance for complete recovery” for the tree.
Assess any safety issues caused by storm damaged trees; be aware that
- Storm-damaged trees may be in contact with electrical wires
- Broken limbs dangling overhead in trees or on roofs may
- Trees and limbs under tension may react unexpectedly when cut
Ignoring such safety hazards can lead to serious injury or death. Trying to solve the problem on one’s own can also have detrimental consequences.
Contact your electric company and/or your local certified arborist for help with eliminating these hazards safely.
To view all of Grove City Tree Service's articles, check out our website here.