In the aftermath of our most recent damaging storm, Hurricane Sandy, we thought it’s only appropriate to talk about handling storm-damaged trees and landscapes.
With the wind gusts reaching up to almost 100 miles per hour in some areas, large trees were uprooted from the ground and thrown on roofs, cars and fences. Unfortunately when trees are abruptly knocked down from strong winds, they can damage almost everything in their path and possibly become a dangerous obstruction to roadways.
After a large storm like Sandy, it’s important to remember to leave it up to the professionals to fix your damaged and down trees. Do not attempt to remove any hanging limbs or debris from hazardous trees. Remember, the damage to some trees may look severe but a professional will be able to properly assess the damage and possibly save it.
Although, if a tree is leaning its almost always impossible to save it because some of the roots have been broken off. Usually when a tree tips over in a bad storm it’s because it already had damaged or poorly developed roots. These types of trees should be removed by a professional and then later replaced with a smaller planted tree.
One of the most major concerns with a rough storm is the contact of your tree branches with power lines. Special training is required to prune these branches and safely avoid the power lines.