Nothing is more devastating than watching your trees get destroyed in a storm. However, there are six steps you can take to minimize the damage caused by extreme weather conditions.
1. Tree Bracing and Cabling
Installing tree bracing and cabling systems is the first step in protecting your trees from storms. These systems are designed to support weak or damaged branches, reducing the risk of them snapping off in a windstorm or being uprooted by heavy rainfall. The bracing and cabling also help reduce the movement on those branches, which minimizes stress on the tree trunk and roots. This can prevent bark splitting and other damage caused by high winds or pounding rainwater.
2. Trimming Dead or Overgrown Branches
Dead or overgrown branches can act like sails in strong winds, creating a lot of drag on the tree as they move around in the wind. This stresses the tree trunk, making it more likely to snap or break off entirely. By trimming back dead or overgrown branches, you can reduce this risk significantly.
3. Pruning Away Branches Near Power Lines
One of the most dangerous things about storms is lightning strikes, particularly when it comes to trees located near power lines. If lightning strikes a tree close enough to a power line, it can cause major damage to that tree and any nearby buildings or homes connected to that power line. Pruning away branches near power lines reduces this risk significantly while improving visibility for drivers passing those areas during inclement weather conditions.
4. Anchor Loose Trees
Loose trees are particularly vulnerable to high winds and heavy rainfall during storms. By anchoring them securely in the ground, you can increase their stability and reduce the risk of uprooting or splitting. Anchoring is especially important for taller trees, as they can cause much damage if they come down in a storm.
5. Keep Trees Well-Watered
Dry trees are more vulnerable to wind and rain damage than adequately watered trees. Keeping your trees well-watered helps them to remain strong and healthy during a storm, reducing the risk of breakage or uprooting. If your trees are already weakened from drought conditions, you should take extra steps to keep them watered throughout the storm season.
Mulching can help keep the soil around your trees moist which helps them remain strong during a storm. Mulching also prevents erosion of topsoil which can weaken tree roots. Finally, mulch helps reduce the soil’s compaction, allowing for better water retention and root growth.
With proper storm preparation, you can minimize the risk of your trees being damaged or destroyed. If you reside in Lafayette, IN and want to storm prep your trees, contact Lafayette Huesca Tree Services today and get ahead of potential disaster.