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Worried About Storm Damage? What Homeowners Can Do to Keep Trees Healthy

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For many homeowners, lush, green trees are the foundation for a truly beautiful yard. Healthy trees protect the home from wind and sun, add privacy, and provide family members and pets with cooling shade during hot summer days. Trees that are well-located and properly pruned and cared for can also add curb appeal and market value, making the home more attractive to prospective buyers.

With these benefits, you understand why homeowners worry about storm damage to their trees. If you would like to take steps to safeguard the trees around your home, the following tips can help you accomplish your goal. 

Practice Supportive Care and Nutrition

Trees that are properly nourished are in a much better position to avoid or recover from storm-induced injuries. Trees located in areas where the soil is poor may require nutrient supplementation in order to stay strong and healthy.

In addition, trees located in more heavily populated areas, such as subdivisions and urban settings, can face issues that make getting the nutrition they need difficult. These issues can include: 
  • Compacted soil from foot traffic or improper site preparation 
  • Moisture issues, including too little moisture due to location or climate and too much moisture due to site elevation issues 
  • Competition from other plants in the area, especially when trees are close to other bushes, plants, or vegetation
Promote the health of new trees by planting them in areas unlikely to cause these problems. If you already have trees that experience these problems, consult a tree professional for tips on adjusting the site.

Understand Existing Soil Content

The key to ensuring that trees get adequate nutrition to their roots begins with the soil where the tree is planted. Without nutrient-rich soil, a tree's trunk and limbs can be weak and susceptible to storm damage.

Before adding any nutrients to your tree's soil, take a soil sample to a soil-testing lab for analysis. The results of the test, along with variety-specific information regarding nutritional needs, will help you choose the right nutrients to add to the soil.

Water Only as Needed for Best Results

Since each tree has different hydration needs, depending on its location, age, and variety, homeowners need to carefully plan watering times. Make sure to consider local rainfall to avoid overwatering or underwatering.

Overwatered trees can develop root rot or fungi, and underwatered trees usually have wilted leaves or change leaf colors before the seasons arrive. Any of these problems can make trees more vulnerable to storm damage.

In most cases, keeping the soil moist, but not wet, is a good plan. To determine whether the soil is moist, dig a small trench about two inches in depth and feel the exposed soil with your finger. If the soil is moist, the tree should receive a healthy amount of moisture.

If trees receive too much moisture due to site issues, you may have to look at ways to change the landscaping to channel surface water away from the tree.

Address Storm Damage Quickly

Even well cared for trees are no match for severe winds, heavy ice, or lightning. If you want to minimize tree damage, inspect the trees carefully after a storm, noting any damage to large limbs or to the tree's trunk or root systems.

Trunk damage or freshly broken limbs, especially large ones, can stress the tree and make further damage more likely. These openings in the tree's protective covering also invite harmful insect infestations, which can weaken or kill the tree over time.

In addition, larger storm-damaged trees can endanger other trees or structures in the area, making sure they receive immediate attention very important. 

Homeowners who are unsure of how to deal with storm damage to their trees can get the assistance they need by calling on J & B Professional Tree Service Inc As local experts in tree care, we can assess each affected tree and help homeowners make the right decision on how to best treat a damaged tree.