Windy weather: How to prevent wind damage to your property's trees

In this story, Davey Tree offers tips to prevent wind damage to trees. Read the story below or click here to see it in full as it was published on the Mainline Media News website.

Published Jan. 31, 2013

Did you feel those high winds last night? How about today?

A Wind Advisory, issued by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Winds are expected to blow west at 11 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

Most homeowners worry about their properties trees during hurricanes and large storms; however, high winds are also a prime time for tree falls, which ultimately put your home in danger.

To protect your property, The Davey Tree Expert Company, whose King of Prussia branch serves the Main Line, offers these tips:


Tips on Preventing Wind Damage to Trees

  1. Problem: Very few things can withstand the force of powerful winds
  2. Symptoms: Broken branches, loss of foliage and/or complete toppling
  3. Solution: Regular pruning and tree preparation before severe winds can assist a tree’s ability to survive and has a better chance of recovering more quickly.

Problem

  • Powerful winds can cause varying degrees of damage to trees
  • Can leave behind a trail of broken limbs and branches, loss of foliage, and uprooted trees that can fall on property and/or people
  • Unless dealt with properly, damage caused by wind may kill the tree

Symptoms

  • Broken, cracked, and split branches caused by the wind
  • Loss of leaves
  • Complete toppling
  • Permanent angling or leaning

Preventive Solutions:

  • Regular and corrective pruning of limbs
  • Fertilize and mulch base of tree
  • Routine inspection of trees searching for weaknesses in tree

Post Wind Damage Solutions:

  • When to restore a tree:
  • The canopy is defoliated (trees that lose leaves in a hurricane are usually not dead)
  • Small branches are broken (small branches can easily be pruned)
  • Some major limbs are broken in decay-resistant species
  • Most of the canopy is damaged in decay-resistant species
  • Small leaning or fallen trees with a 4 in. trunk diameter can be stood back up & replanted

When to remove a tree:

  • The lower trunk or large limbs are cracked or broken
  • A large stem has split from the tree
  • The tree is leaning towards property or into the road
  • The remaining tree structure is highly susceptible to breakage
  • The major roots are severed or broken

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