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Top Tree Safety Tips for Thunderstormsby Contributor February 7, 2019
Top Tree Safety Tips for Thunderstorms
While the trees in your landscaping may seem like strong, unbreakable parts of nature, thunderstorms can really do some damage if the proper safety procedures aren’t considered beforehand.
Here are some ways you can ensure your trees will remain alive and healthy, even after really heavy storms.
1. Have the Right Types of Trees
For those of you that live in areas with frequent storms, you should consider the types of trees you are planting. There are some species that can handle strong winds and moisture better than others.
However, while the type of tree is fairly important, it’s more important that the trees you have are healthy and well taken care of. Keeping your trees properly watered, pruned, and giving them nutrients will help more than anything else when it comes to heavy storms.
2. Keep Your Trees Healthy
One of the absolute best things you can do for your trees is to take care of them consistently, instead of only when they are sick or in decline.
Try and make sure that you establish a regular routine for your trees. This includes watering them properly and regularly, prune them as they need it, and fertilize them if they require it.
3. Trim Your Trees Regularly
Pruning your trees is not something you should only do when you have damaged and/or dead branches. Starting this regularly when the trees are young will help them stay strong and withstand heavy storms when they need to.
Besides removing weak and dying branches, pruning also helps boost proper structure and growth for your trees. On top of that, regularly pruning your trees can help shape them to become more resistant to weather-related damage.\
4. Protect the Roots
The roots of your trees are critical to keeping them strong and stable, which is why they are often considered the “anchor” of the tree.
In order to keep your tree’s roots as strong as possible, you should make sure the area around your trees is extensively mulched. This will ensure that the roots get enough moisture and nutrients to keep the tree safely in the ground. However, make sure not to place the mulch too high up the trunk, as it will hinder air and gas exchange.
5. Protect the Trunks
Lastly, make sure that you protect the trunks of your trees. If you know a big storm is coming, consider wrapping the trunk in a protective material to save it from any damage.
A cover will protect the trunks from flying objects, but they should be removed after the bad weather is over.
Our Final Thoughts on Protecting Your Trees From Storms
We hope that these tips help you keep your trees safe during any bad storms your area may experience this year.
For both your safety and your trees, make sure that you contact a professional for issues that are too big for you to handle. If you aren’t completely comfortable with the task at hand, contact your trusted local arborist today.
If you are in the San Francisco bay area, contact Arborist Now for assistance!