Summer Storms: 4 Tips For Saving Your Trees After A Big Storm

A storm can damage your home and lawn within a matter of minutes. While your lawn may look like it is in disarray after a storm, much of it is probably repairable. If your trees are looking a little worn after a large storm, do not fear. With a little TLC, you can nurse your trees back to health.

Here are four tree care tips for after the storm:

1. Remove Broken Branches

In order for your tree to heal, you need to remove any broken branches that are still attached to the tree. Broken limbs left on a tree can easily cause disease and rot, so prune away any small tree limbs that appear broken or hanging. If you notice any large broken branches, contact an arborist to remove them; as attempting to remove large branches yourself can be dangerous.

In addition to removing broken branches, you should prune the tree carefully. Make sure you remove any broken or dead limbs and leaves, but don't go overboard. It's okay if your tree looks a little lopsided for the time being, it will heal and return to its former glory soon enough.

2. Repair Broken Bark

If there is any damage to the bark of the tree, take the time to repair it. If you find any spots where the bark has been ripped away, use a small chisel or knife to smooth out the surface of the bark. Be careful though, as you do not want to expose the inner green layer of the bark.

3. Water the Tree

If you live near the ocean and the storm was a hurricane, then you will need to water your tree. It may sound odd, but the water that poured down on the tree was probably saltwater; and saltwater is not good for trees. In order to heal the tree, you need to flush out the saltwater and replace it with freshwater. So give the tree a good watering.

4. Check the Roots

A few months after the storm has passed, you will need to check the roots of the tree to verify that it's healing. You can do this with a pitchfork. Simply put the pitchfork into the ground where the roots should be. If the roots are hard and you cannot pierce them, the tree is healthy. If the roots are exposed, discolored, or easily pierced, then you will need to have the tree removed.

If you noticed exposed roots or severe bending in the tree immediately after the storm, you will need to have the tree removed, as the next storm may knock it over completely. However, with these tips—and a skilled arborist—you should be able to save your trees from most storm damages.

For more information, contact All Season Tree Service or a similar company.