TIPS FOR TREE CARE

AFTER STORM DAMAGE

From Certified Arborist Mark Chisholm
  1. Put Safety First
    It's important to protect yourself as well as your property. Be on the alert. Stay away from utility lines and keep an eye out for dangers both up in hanging branches and down on damaged trunks.

     

  2. Evaluate Tree Damage
    Evaluate your trees carefully by asking the following: (If you answer "yes" to the majority of these questions, there is a good chance the tree can be saved. When in doubt, consult a professional)

     

    • Other than storm damage, is the tree basically healthy?

    • Are major limbs and/or the leader branch still remaining?

    • Is at least 50 percent of the tree's crown still intact?

    • Are there remaining branches that can form a new branch structure?

       

  3. Take Steps to Repair Minor Damage & Debris
     

  4. Do NOT Try to Do it All Yourself
    Evaluate what you can handle and what's for a pro – anything not on the ground should definitely be handled by a professional. Some things could be a threat to your life, so it makes sense to spend the money if you're not absolutely confident in your skills.

     

  5. Consider Wildlife
    Birds or bees may be taking temporary storm shelter while you are doing work – always proceed with caution.

Check out Mark's full article to learn more about storm damage clean-up tips.