A storm is coming. Whether it’s a severe thunderstorm, a winter storm, or a hurricane, you need to take steps to protect your trees. High winds, heavy rain, and flying debris can damage or uproot trees, causing property damage and even personal injury. Fortunately, there are things you can do to lessen the risk.
Start by trimming trees that are close to houses or other structures. Dead branches can fall and cause damage in high winds, so it’s best to remove them before the storm hits. If possible, trim trees so that the heaviest limbs are pointing away from structures. For example, if a storm is coming from the west, trim the eastern side of the tree more heavily than the western side. This will help prevent the tree from falling towards your house.
Next, stake young trees and trees that are susceptible to toppling over in high winds. The stakes should be placed on the windward side of the tree—that is, on the side where the wind is blowing towards—and they should be driven at least 18 inches into the ground. Use guy wires to secure the tree to the stakes, making sure that the wires are tight but not too tight. You don’t want to damage the tree by cinching the wires too tightly.
Finally, clear away any loose debris from around your trees. This includes dead leaves, branches, and rocks. These can become projectiles in high winds and cause damage to your trees or other property. Once you’ve cleared away the debris, mulch around your trees generously. This will help hold down loose soil and keep roots in place during heavy rains.
Preparing your trees for a storm doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. By taking a few simple precautions—trimming dead branches, staking young trees, and clearing away debris—you can help protect your property and avoid potential injuries. So before the next storm hits, take some time to prepare your trees!
If you need help with any storm preparation please give The Tree Feller a call, 727-287-5767.