Summer thunderstorms can be exhilarating to watch roll through your city. Sitting outside, watching the lightning, listening to the thunder, and feeling the rain on your skin can be an amazing experience. When storms get too close to our home for comfort sometimes homeowners begin to panic though. Homes and property can be damaged during storms. Today we will be discussing how to prevent trees being damaged or causing damage to your home.
Pruning Tree Branches
When your trees are properly and frequently pruned you reduce the chances that limbs will break, uproot, or fall during a storm. Properly pruned trees decrease the wind resistance because the canopy of the tree will be open, thus increasing the strength of the tree structure. Removing dead, diseased, and weak branches will help reduce the amount of fallen limbs and branches during storms. When you prune your tree you will also want to make sure that you remove any limbs that are too close to your home to avoid damage to your residence during storms.
Tree Cabling & Bracing
Some limbs and branches on your tree may benefit from some cables being installed your tree become stronger. If you have weak branches, odd shaped limbs, or split trunks cables can be extremely important to help your tree sustain increased winds, rain, snow, and ice.
Fertilizing, Watering & Mulching Tree Roots
As trees grow their root system is directly related to how strong they are. There are some steps that you can take to make sure that the roots of your trees are as healthy as possible. Fertilizing your trees regularly will help your trees get the proper nutrients right to the roots of your trees. Proper watering is also a necessity for healthy trees. It is also an excellent idea to use mulch to keep your trees healthy. Mulch enriches soil, retains moister, and prevents erosion as a protective organic covering. Here are Milam’s Tree Service, we offer organic mulch for sale. Also, when the roots of a tree are damaged in any way, your tree will not maintain strong health and is more susceptible to be damaged in storms. You can visually inspect your tree for signs of root damage. Visual signs are thin crowns, off-color leaves, stunted growth, discolored or resin soaked wood at the root collar, and mushrooms growing at or near the base of the tree.
Tree Trunk Decay Damage Detection
Observing the trunk of your tree can help you see some danger signs regarding the health of your tree. One of the major causes of tree failure is decay. Decay is frequently caused by fungi. Fungi weakens wood as your tree grows. Signs of decay are cracks, seams, butt swell, dead branch stubs, and large, older wounds.
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As homeowners take the proper precautions to maintain the health of their trees, damage to your trees in severe storms dramatically decreases. No tree is ever completely immune to damage, but the steps outlined above can certainly help. If you find yourself with a damaged tree following a storm, or any other time, Milam’s Tree Service is just a phone call away. We offer emergency tree services and would love to help you in your time of need.