Your trees are one of the most noticeable components of your home’s landscaping. Though they’re able to handle severe weather most days without trouble, some storms are simply too much. When the weather kicks up and the winds hit over 50 miles per hour, there’s a serious risk of broken branches
coming down on your property. Though picking up the mess is relatively simple, there are a few things your local tree service wants you to do to keep the rest of the trees and your landscaping safe.
Inspect the Damage
As soon as you notice limbs down in your yard after a storm, take the time to go outside and inspect the damage. Look at the tree and make sure the rest of the limbs are intact. If you notice another fallen limb that’s caught in the canopy, make a note of it. The limb could fall on its own, but you may need to hire a tree company to safely remove it for you.
Trying to shake loose damaged limbs puts you at serious risk of injury and could end up damaging the tree worse than the storm itself. Remember, even small tree branches can weigh more than 100 pounds. It’s best to leave damaged limbs caught in the tree in place until someone with the proper training and safety equipment can come take care of it for you.
Remove the Debris if Possible
If the rest of the branches are still in good shape and the only broken limbs you’re dealing with are already on the ground, you should be able to pick up the debris on your own. With small limbs, you should be able to pick them up, break them in half, and dispose of them with the rest of your yard waste. But if the branches are larger, you’ll need to break them down a bit more.
If you’re handy, grab a pair of leather work gloves and a small saw. Use the saw to break the limb into more manageable chunks. Don’t forget to wear eye protection to keep the sawdust from irritating your eyes. However, if you’re not comfortable working with a saw, don’t try to figure things out on your own. Instead, schedule an appointment with your local tree company and let them help you pick up the yard.
Get Your Trees Inspected
After the storm, your trees will typically be able to recover on their own. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Those damaged areas where the limbs broke off are vulnerable to disease, pests, fungus, and insects. The best way to make sure your trees can recover fully on their own is to schedule an inspection with your tree service.
During the inspection, they’ll look at the damaged sites in detail. If everything looks good, they’ll make sure the rest of the tree is able to sustain the tree’s recovery. If they see issues, they’ll be able to make the necessary fixes to give your tree the resources it needs to heal completely. This might mean trimming back some of the damaged growth or even pruning the new growth to encourage a stronger recovery.
Of course, some damage may be so severe that the tree can’t heal even if conditions are ideal. If your tree service tells you that there’s no way to save the tree, don’t question it. Instead, let them remove the tree from your property. This will help keep the rest of your landscaping in better condition and reduces the risk of pests and plant diseases spreading throughout the rest of your yard.
Stay Vigilant Throughout the Growing Season
Once you pick up the debris, your yard won’t be completely in the clear. You’ll need to keep an eye on the tree for the rest of the growing season and monitor it for any changes in growth patterns, insect damage, or other issues that could threaten the tree’s health in the long run.
Get in the habit of inspecting your trees each month. Pay close attention to the areas where branches broke off and let your tree service know if anything looks abnormal. The sooner you can address potential problems, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to save the tree.
If you’re not sure what to look for, get your tree company to inspect the trees on your property once every few months. You’ll want them to come out that often to prune and trim branches to make sure the tree stays healthy anyway.
Check on Your Other Plants
Falling limbs don’t just hurt the tree they fall off of. They can also damage the rest of your landscaping. Walk around your yard and inspect the rest of your plants for signs of damage. Even small twigs can get thrown into flower gardens and developing shrubs with fragile leaves.
If you notice any plant debris, remove it carefully and inspect the plants themselves for damage. You may need to remove developing buds and growth to help the plant recover after the storm. A little bit of trimming and pruning won’t kill them but leaving the damaged growth and plant debris in place might.
Keep Kids Away From the Area
Plant debris and fallen limbs aren’t always a safety hazard, but they usually are when kids and pets are involved. Before and during the cleanup process, make sure to keep any young children and pets away from the damaged tree. This will keep them safe if any other branches are damaged and could come down without warning. If they’re feeling curious about the damage, let them look but make sure you’re supervising them.
Don’t Let Downed Limbs Keep Your Yard From Growing
Fallen tree branches can be a major hazard for your home. Don’t let them stay in place and risk the health of your trees. Contact
Bear Creek Tree Service and let our team inspect potential problems before they have a chance to do serious damage to your property. We’ll help you keep your trees growing well for years to come.