Since the beginning of time, trees have been vital for the survival of humans and animals. As the largest type of plant, it is the biggest contributor of fresh air and fruit. Trees also improve air quality and provide medicine and shelter. No matter how well we care for them, a storm can be devastating to trees. Heavy rain and strong winds can uproot a tree from the ground or break its trunk.
Before removing an injured tree from your property, have it checked by an arborist or tree specialist. Proper first aid and care give the tree a good chance of survival. Here are some effective after-storm tree care techniques to bear in mind:
Carefully Evaluate Storm-Damaged Trees – Broken or cracked major limbs need to be removed by a tree service right away. These branches and limbs pose significant danger to people and pets nearby. An uprooted tree requires assessment by an arborist. (Even if one root is lifted and exposed, it may indicate a sign of weakness.)
Remove Broken Branches – Removing jagged and hanging branches is the first repair to protect people and property, as well as the tree. When dead tree parts are not immediately removed, fungi and other decaying agents can enter the wound. Homeowners with the appropriate tools may be able to safely prune smaller branches without the use of a ladder. Larger, higher ones should be detached by an experienced arborist. This helps prevent further tree damage and promotes faster recovery.
Avoid Over-Pruning – Novices tend to over-prune, which can harm the tree or make it imbalanced, increasing the risk of it being uprooted. With proper pruning, you might be surprised how quickly a damaged tree can heal and grow new foliage.
Fix Torn Bark – When bark is damaged or torn away, use a sharp knife or chisel to smoothen the wound. This helps prevent insects and bugs from hiding behind the bark. Be careful not to expose too much of the cambium, the greenish inner bark. To be sure, call a professional.
Wait for the Right Time to Fertilize – You may think that applying a fertilizer can hastily boost the tree’s health. However, the most practical thing to do is to wait. Applying fertilizer immediately after a storm may not do any good because it could be washed away during the next heavy rainfall. Wait to fertilize in the appropriate season when there is a sign of nutrient or nitrogen deficiency.
Let our tree service experts in Newmarket and Toronto help restore the health of your storm-damaged trees. Please call Timberlane Tree Service (905) 778-9438 or (416) 878-2108 for professional tree and shrub needs.