How to assess your trees after a storm

How to assess your trees after a storm

When trees are damaged in a storm, they can become a hazard to people and property. Given the severity of the storms Gauteng has experienced this summer, it’s a good idea to examine your trees. Removing diseased and damaged limbs before the next storms hits will help you avoid the expense of having to repair or replace anything they could damage.


What to look for when assessing your trees


  1. Is your tree leaning?

A leaning tree may indicate that the root system has been compromised in some way. Either the roots have been damaged or they’ve died causing the tree to become unstable. If ignored, the tree may not be able to withstand high winds and could topple over when the next storm hits.


Even a slight lean should be cause for concern. If in doubt, call in a tree care professional to help you determine whether your tree should be removed.


  1. Are your utility lines clear?

Look out for any wires that may come in contact with the branches of your tree. A storm with high winds could result in a loose wire getting entangled with the branch of a tree and may cause the branch to break.


Getting a professional to prune your trees on a regular basis will help you avoid this problem. If it’s been some time since your trees were professionally pruned, don’t wait until the next storm to make an appointment with your trusted tree care company.


  1. Are there any broken branches?

Broken branches aren’t just a potential storm hazards, they can also affect the overall health of your tree. Look out for splitting, cracking and dead branches and make a point of getting them removed as soon as possible.


If your tree is large and mature, don’t try removing a broken or dead branch yourself. Rather call on a tree feller with the right equipment and experience or you could end up injuring yourself.


Protecting trees from storm damage


There are some preventative measures you can take to reduce the risk of your trees being damaged by a storm. Start by getting your trees pruned regularly by a professional. Thinning out the crown allows wind to pass through the canopy and reduces the stress on the trunk.


Keep your tree’s roots strong and healthy so that they can anchor the tree firmly in the soil. The condition of your soil will determine the health of your tree’s roots, so add mulch for proper nutrition, give your trees sufficient water and don’t let the soil around your trees get compacted.


If you have any concerns about your trees, schedule an appointment with Brands Tree Felling for a professional assessment. Taking action now will ensure that your trees are able to survive future storms intact and don’t pose a hazard to other structures or people.