Storms strike anytime, causing significant damage to utility lines, houses, and commercial buildings. In addition, storms may damage trees, but it is often minor and results in no permanent damage. It would help if you cleaned up broken branches and light pruning to restore your tree to optimal condition. However, if your trees sustain severe damage from split crotches, large broken branches, or split trunks, it may be time to hire a professional tree care company.
Whether heavy ice storms, lightning, or strong winds cause the damage, Driscoll Tree Service is the go-to tree service provider. We leverage extensive industry experience and knowledge to salvage your trees following storm-related damages. If a substantial portion of the tree is damaged, we can inspect it and determine the most effective action.
Assuming your tree is salvageable, the next step is to seek professional help. DIYers should refrain from tree repair projects, especially if they lack the expertise and tools needed. The slightest error can cause serious injuries and significant property damage. As the leading tree care company, we have certified arborists ready to help restore your tree to tip-top condition.
After a comprehensive inspection to determine the severity of the damage, we make a plan to remove damaged branches without compromising the overall wellbeing of the tree. There are many pruning techniques to achieve various outcomes, and we can recommend the right method to save the damaged tree.
As mentioned, mild pruning can rectify minor storm damage. If the damaged branches are smaller than three inches, a pole pruner or pruning shears are used to remove them. These standard-industry tools are recommended for cleaning cuts rather than tearing the bark tissue. If you are dealing with big branches, we recommend the 3-cut procedure. The first cut is approximately 12-18 inches from the main stem to which the damaged limb is attached.
The second cut is three inches beyond the undercut and continues until the branch is obliterated. Last, the third cut is made to remove the stub. A professional tree service can carefully prune the damaged tree without risking further deterioration or death. Another benefit of hiring a tree care company is to mitigate rookie mistakes that result in injuries and property damage.
Sometimes storms cause the bark to tear on the main trunk or large branches. This is common is the damage is caused by lighting. Trim the loose bark and ensure you remain with a solidly attached coat. Ensure you make precise cuts that aren’t deep into the wood, also called bark tracing. If possible, hire a tree service provider to handle the heavy lifting and ensure the trace is as narrow as possible. We recommend trimming the back using this technique to encourage healing and reduce wood decay.
These are some common tree damages caused by storms and solutions to mitigate further deterioration. Contact us at Driscoll Tree Service and talk to our experts about saving your trees after a storm. We offer top-notch service at competitive rates, guaranteeing a sizeable return on your investment.
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