Hurricane Season Ahead . . . Be Prepared

Our Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.

Don't get left out in the storm, be prepared! Storms may cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on homes, cars, other structures or other trees. Preparations can be taken to help your trees "weather" storms a lot better! In the event that you do have storm damaged trees, remember that they can be very dangerous to remove or trim. Our Certified Arborists can assist in performing the job in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to your property.

Take action before the storm and save yourself money and time in storm damage and clean up.

Before the Storm

As the Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches property owners and managers should consult with an ISA Certified Arborist to mitigate the possibility of storm damage. Home owners often do not realize there is an issue with their trees, and it is important to identify and treat potential problems before they result in damage to people, property or the trees themselves.

A tree’s condition before a storm will determine how safe that tree is during a storm. One of our Certified Arborists can assess the warning signs of potential tree problems and recommend ways to maintain healthy trees through the storm season.

Warning signs of potential tree trouble can include:

  • Dead , hanging or broken branches
  • Branches too close to a house or structure
  • Utility wires near or in contact with tree branches
  • Heaving soil at tree base indicating an unsound root system
  • Peeling bark or gaping wounds in the trunk indicating weakness
  • Hollow areas on the trunk or main limbs that indicate a decayed stem
  • Structural weakness such as cracked stems (trunks) that could cause catastrophic failure of a tree
  • Leaning trees indicating a root problem or one-sided trees
  • Insect infestation
  • Diseased trees

According to Dr. Ed Gilman from the University of Florida proper pruning can reduce the risk of storm damage, and crown reduction or thinning could reduce wind damage, as wind resistance is important for a tree to remain standing after a hurricane.

If a tree’s structure is found to be damaged or unsound the arborist can determine whether mitigation with cabling and/or bracing is warranted. The Certified Arborist can also evaluate the impact of removal should it become necessary.

For more information, read Weathering the Storm.

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