Landscaping Maintenance: Managing and Reducing Tree Damage During Storms
Trees can enhance residential landscapes and raise the value of homes. However, if the plants sustain damage during storms, they will become eyesores in the property. Also, they will pose significant hazards for the members of the household. Therefore, if you have some beautiful trees around your home, you should think about taking some precautions to protect them from the dangers of storms and inclement weather. Here is a short discussion on the common forms of storm damage and practical guidelines on mitigating the losses.
Whole Tree Failure
If your area experienced fierce storms, you might have seen the complete failure of trees after rough weather. In general, this form of damage occurs when a tree is pushed from its upright position by high winds. Often, the destruction of the tree is accelerated by the slippage of the soil supporting the trees. Unfortunately, you cannot storm-proof your landscaping trees. If you would like your plants to keep surviving hurricanes and tornado drifts, you must ensure that they have a healthy root system. Also, if your tree does start leaning on one side after a storm, you should discuss the possibility of cabling before commissioning felling.
It is not uncommon for branches to break off the trees during storms. Unfortunately, the consequences of one tree limb can be dire. For instance, the branch might fly off the tree and destroy the house roof. Therefore, you should prepare your tree before the storms begin to avoid this type of unfortunate occurrence. Typically, most branches fail because of high wind loading. In simple terms, if your trees have a thick canopy, they will not allow the high winds during a storm to pass. Instead, they will form a sail-like structure which will increase the pressure exerted on the tree. If the force of the wind is high enough, the branches will eventually reach their breaking point. You can reduce the wind loading by eliminating asymmetrical crowns and thinning the canopies. Also, remove diseased and weak branches before the storms begin.
Your trees might suffer a lightning strike during the storms. Often, when the lightning comes into contact with the tree, the current is conducted through the entire tree. The tissues often sustain damage because of the heat generated and electrical disruption. In some cases, the tree might be salvageable by eliminating the damaged limbs. However, if the entire plant, including the roots, is affected, your only solution might be cutting down the tree.
Though you may love your trees, be sure to consider tree felling if you're concerned about storm damage.