tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

Proper Preparation Prevents Tree And Property Damage

Wesley Perry

Spring storms are a great way to bring necessary rain for vegetation to grow. However, they can also bring damage to property. If you have trees on your property, you will want to make sure you are fully prepared for the storm season. Here are a few tips on preparing for the storm and handling the aftermath.

Storm Preparation

If you have trees on your property, you should have a solid relationship with a professional company that offers tree services. You want to make sure you have someone you trust before the storm hits. Unfortunately, after severe winds have caused damage, unscrupulous companies will try to take advantage of those who are unprepared.

In addition to having someone you can count on to care for your trees, you will want to inspect your trees for any weaknesses or damage spots. Some things to look out for include:

  • Cracks in the trunk
  • Hollowed areas
  • Branches or trunks that are beginning to lean
  • Branches that span over the roof of your home
  • Branches that are over utility lines
  • Fungus growth

When weaknesses are spotted, you will want to make sure you trim the branches. Any branch that is dead or diseased needs to be removed before the wind turns it into a weapon against your home. You will also want to talk to your tree care specialist to determine if trees with hallowed areas or fungus growth need to be removed.

Following the Storm

Even if you have fully prepared for the storm, it is possible that damage will still occur. The first step you should take following a storm is to assess the damage. You want to look for hanging branches on power lines, any downed power lines, or trees that may be leaning dangerously close to the utility lines. Put your safety first and call the power company before you start the clean-up process.

As you start cleaning your lawn, take care of branches that may be caught higher in the tree, as they may fall at any time. Clean up the areas you feel comfortable with and then call your arborist to determine the fate of your trees. It is best to do another full assessment to make sure any healthy trees were not significantly damaged during the storm. They will be looking to the health of the trunk of the tree, as well as any major limbs. If over 50-percent of your tree is still healthy, they will work with you to save as much as possible. If not, then the tree needs to be removed. 

It is important that you let a professional handle the tree removal if there are branches over power lines, the tree is near a utility line, the tree has been uprooted, or you are inexperienced in tree removal. By caring for your trees before and after the storm, you will have a greater chance of keeping the wildlife in your area safe, as well as protecting your house from damage. To learn more, contact Destiny's Tree Service LLC


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tree diseases and the symptoms to watch for

Do you love the trees on your property? Are some of the trees looking as if they are not as healthy as they once were? Do the smaller trees get enough sun to grow tall? Sometimes, trees can develop diseases or become infested with insects that can cause them to die. If you catch these diseases and infestations early, you can oftentimes save the tree, or the surrounding trees. To learn what to look for on your trees, visit my website. There, you will find a long list of diseases and the symptoms to watch for to protect your trees from destruction.