Rickert Tree Service’s advice for damaged trees
Trees can suffer irreparable damage from storms, winds and construction projects. They get knocked around severely when there’s construction going on outside the house. Whether it’s broken branches, trunk wounds, the compressing of the soil around the tree, or the addition of dirt to the area, the effects of these problems can be devastating to the life of a tree.
Physical damage to a tree, whether the result of construction activities, aging or Mother Nature, can affect the tree’s stability, structure and lifetime. Hire an ISA-certified arborist like Todd Rickert before the storms come, before you start a construction project and before the tree shows any hint of decline. This is the best way to protect your investment and property.
Dealing with Storm Damage
The Arbor Day Foundation suggests a close analysis of the tree immediately after the storm:
- Except for the effects of the storm, is the tree otherwise healthy?
- Does the tree still have most of its major limbs?
- Has the main stem or trunk of the tree survived?
- How about the leafy canopy over the tree — is at least 50 percent of it still there and intact?
- Are there major ‘wounds’ in the tree? How large are they?
- Does it appear that the tree’s remaining branches can continue to thrive and even produce a new branch structure?
- Do you want to keep the tree for sentimental, historical or shade reasons?
Rickert Tree Service Damaged Tree Repair
There are several ways Rickert Landscaping & Tree Service can help to reduce the risk of damage to your tree:
- Pruning away the branches that are problematic – diseased, dead, split or broken, rubbing, too low, too thick
- Cabling or bracing to support weak limbs
- Repairing the tree’s trunk wounds and damaged bark
- Applying organic mulch such as pine needles, wood chips or chipped bark to encourage growth of the tree’s roots and to help maintain an even soil temperature and appropriate moisture levels
- Assessing the drainage and irrigation situation and making appropriate improvements
- Vertical or radial aeration and mulching to supply oxygen to the tree roots
Whether from one storm or storms endured over the years, tree damage takes various forms as shown below:
Don’t ignore the obvious … Prepare in advance for severe weather or construction activities near trees.
Contact Rickert Tree Service today to get a free estimate.