This time of year, rain is a welcomed force of nature. More rain promotes deep root growth in trees, allowing for a more stable and weather-resistant tree. But during times of drought, tree roots grow closer and closer to the surface in search of water. This causes trees to be unstable and weak. During severe storms, trees like this can be severely damaged and even up-rooted from the ground. Storm damages are inevitable, but in terms of our trees, there are effective methods to preventing irreversible tree damage like uprooting, toppling, and more.
Routine Tree Care
The most effective method to preventing damages to trees caused by severe weather is to make the tree stronger. In order to do this, you need to implement routine tree care for all your landscaping trees. As mentioned before, deep watering (not to be confused with over-watering) can support deep root growth. Building a deep root system is important for trees so that they are more secure in the ground and capable of retrieving sufficient nutrients and water to thrive. Be sure to not over-water your trees. Consult a licensed tree care technician for advice regarding the proper way to water your trees.
Another part of routine tree care that supports a stronger tree is trimming and pruning. Regular tree trimming and pruning promotes branch growth. And stronger branches are less likely to break and snap off as a result of strong winds and rain. Improper tree pruning can make trees more susceptible to wind damage, so be sure your tree service technician is qualified for the job.
If a tree is too damaged from a storm it will have to be removed. But if the damage is less than 25% of the tree, there is a good chance of recovery. Also, younger trees are more likely to recover from storm damages. If your trees are damaged from a storm, call your local tree care company for storm damage cleanup services and dead tree removal. The can offer advice on how to care for and protect your trees further.