Tree Care After The Storm…

Trees are for the most part, pretty solid, with thick trunks and intricate root systems that keep them securely anchored to the ground.  Of course all that can change when severe weather blows through, particularly the kind of weather we have seen in a record breaking year of hurricanes, tropical storms, and localized flooding.

Any tree that has been broken, moved or damaged has been compromised and should be considered a hazard.  Once this has taken place, the chances of the tree failing through the breaking of branches or the complete uprooting of the tree becomes extremely likely.

In cases such as this, it is important to determine if the damaged tree presents a danger in any way.  Would the tree be in a position where it may fall on people?  Cars?  Power lines? Pretty much anything that may suffer damage or injury if the tree falls.

In most cases it is blatantly obvious when a tree should be removed.  If that is the case, or even if you are unsure, then you should contact a tree professional.  This should ideally be one that has been certified by industry leaders such as American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCS), or Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), as well as certification through International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).  Such affiliations will let you know that you are choosing a reputable company and not a fly by night organization.

Tree work is extremely hazardous, and professionals should always be called in the following circumstances:

–          A tree is large and requires high climbing or the use of a chain saw.

–          The tree is partially down

–          Wires are involved or structures are endangered.

–          Major repair of the tree is necessary, such as cabling or bolting a split fork.

–          Large limbs are split or broken, but still attached to the tree.

–          You do not have the proper tools, knowledge or health to do tree work.

Damage considerations Specialists at N.C. State suggest that you must first decide if the tree is worth saving. In most cases, this is dictated by whether the tree provides an essential function or offers sentimental or historical value. While the answer may be “yes,” you also need to assess the total amount of tissue damage. If over 30- 50 percent of the main branches or trunk are severely split, broken, or mutilated, the benefit of extensive attention is questionable.

Tree Care is a nationwide network of tree care providers, available 24/7 and able to handle even the largest and most severe cases of tree damage.  Call or click today to get connected to a qualified tree care provider in your community.

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