Storm season is fast approaching, and taking precautions now can help prevent damage in the future. This is especially true when you have trees you would hate to see suffer or, worse, fall due to storm damage.
Working ahead of time to make your trees as safe as possible when storms are coming can reduce the need to either fix damaged trees later or take them down altogether because they are damaged beyond saving.
How to Keep Trees Safe Before a Storm
Step 1: Check Condition of Tree Roots
The tree roots are a fundamental part of the tree’s overall structure. If the roots appear to be weak, a storm can cause the tree to be uprooted and fall, posing a danger to anyone and any structure nearby.
If you think your tree’s health could use improvement, strengthening it so it can handle storms well, then tree injections might be a good fit for you! Our certified arborists can provide fertilizer injections
Step 2: Inspect Soil for Issues
Loose, dry soil can pose a problem once a storm comes and brings with it high winds that push trees over. If your soil has problems, then there is a chance your tree could suffer in a storm.
Step 3: Watch How Trees Move in Mild Winds
If a light wind impacts your tree in a way that alarms you, then it’s time to make a plan for when those winds are stronger.
Step 4: Prep Your Tree to Manage Lightning Strikes
Adding a lightning protection system to a tree can significantly improve its chances of surviving a lightning strike. This is especially important to consider if you have older, mature trees that reach significant heights. The system delivers the electricity from a strike into the ground rather than through the tree, which reduces or even eliminates the damage lightning could cause.
Step 5: Avoid Tree Limbs Growing Near Power Lines
If you can prevent it ahead of time, avoid planting trees where the limbs in the crown could grow into power lines. If you are caring for a tree that is now in the way of power lines due to growth or commercial/residential development in that area, then taking steps to making sure the tree avoids contact with power lines is crucial. In a storm, the power lines can come down in the tree and cause fires, and stray limbs that break off from a tree can land on power lines, causing major hazards.
Step 6: Schedule Tree Trimming and Maintenance Services
Caring for trees involves keeping them healthy, but it also includes keeping them safe and hazard-free for those living nearby. Having a tree company with experience in tree trimming and pruning visit ahead of the storm season can make all the difference to the outcome you might have when the storm hits.
Contact Little Rock Certified Arborists at Capital City Tree Services
Worried about what this next storm season will bring? We’ve got you covered. Contact Capital City Tree Services today to schedule an appointment and trim your trees!