Storms can be a force of nature to reckon with. Hurricane-force winds, heavy rain, and lightning can wreak havoc on our landscapes, particularly trees. Beyond having an emergency kit, flood insurance, and storm shutters, as well as familiarizing oneself with local evacuation routes, protecting your trees goes a long way toward reducing structural damage and preventing downed power lines as a result of trees falling.
While we can’t control the weather, we can proactively protect our beloved trees from the fury of storms. At Absolute Trees, we understand the importance of preserving your trees and ensuring their longevity. Here are some essential tips for storm-proofing your trees and safeguarding your property.
Regular Pruning and Maintenance
Regular tree pruning is one of the most effective ways to enhance a tree’s storm surge resistance. Pruning removes dead or weak branches that can become projectiles during high winds. It also improves the tree’s overall health and stability.
Assess Tree Health
Before the storm season, have a professional arborist assess your trees’ health. They can identify and address any signs of disease, decay, or structural weaknesses that could make your trees more susceptible to storm damage.
Choose the Right Tree Species
When planting new trees on your property, consider species known for their storm resistance. Native and well-adapted species are often more resilient in severe weather conditions.
Applying a layer of mulch around the base of your trees helps protect their roots and soil structure. Mulch retains moisture, which can prevent uprooting during heavy storms.
Cable and Bracing
For large, mature trees with heavy branches, consider installing cables and braces to provide additional support. This helps prevent branch breakage during strong winds.
Remove Dead or Diseased Trees
Dead or severely diseased trees are more likely to topple during a storm. Removing them before the storm season can prevent potential hazards.
Prune for Wind Resistance
When pruning your trees, focus on creating a well-balanced canopy. Properly spaced branches reduce wind resistance and the risk of wind damage.
Secure Loose Items
Before a storm approaches, remove any loose objects or debris from your yard. Items like garden furniture, tools, and ornaments can become dangerous projectiles in high winds.
Create Defensible Space
Maintain a defensible space around your trees by removing dead vegetation and creating a firebreak. This helps prevent wildfires from reaching your property during storms.
Have a plan for emergency tree care and storm cleanup. Know who to contact for professional assistance, and keep necessary tools and equipment on hand.
Pay attention to weather forecasts and storm warnings. Being prepared and informed allows you to take action in advance to protect your trees and property.
After a storm passes, assess your trees for any damage or hazards. Address immediate safety concerns and contact a certified arborist for professional evaluation and tree care.
From Spring to Hurricane Season and Winter, We’ve Got You Covered
Storm-proofing your trees is an investment in the health and safety of your landscape–especially in South Carolina. And it isn’t something you should put off until you become aware of a tropical storm or hurricane warning. At Absolute Trees, we’re here to assist you every step of the way. Our team of experienced arborists is dedicated to helping you protect and preserve your trees.
By following these essential tips, you can minimize the risk of storm damage and enjoy a beautiful, thriving landscape for years. Remember, when it comes to trees and storms, prevention is critical. Contact us today to learn more.