Heavy storms and strong winds can make trees and branches fall during the winter months. While this is normal, large tree branches can fall on cars, buildings, or even in your yard, risking you and your family’s safety. Weak trees can also present a safety hazard to anyone passing by.
By taking care of your trees ahead of a strong storm, you can help to prevent and reduce accidents. Depending on the severity of the storm, some trees will need to be cared for afterwards as well. Five Star Tree Services has some important information for you to keep in mind about tree care before and after major storms.
Preparing for the Storm
Before a storm, you should inspect the trees on your property. Check of insects and disease. Often, these things will develop over the winter when property owners are less apt to inspect the foliage.
Our highly trained arborists can regularly inspect your trees on a seasonal or annual basis. An inspection will give them the chance to find disease before it’s too late and to identify broken or weak branches ahead of a storm. If there are any problems, a plan of action will be suggested, which will include addressing any areas of disease and dealing with weak or broken limbs. These regular inspections by our professional arborists are the best way to prevent damage from storms in the future.
Once a risk assessment has been completed, chances are your trees will need to be pruned. Preventative tree pruning will get rid of branches that can become dangerous in a storm. If your trees are located near power lines, they must be properly pruned at all times. A trimmed tree is less susceptible to damage from ice storms, heavy snow, and strong winds. If our arborists discover a simple trim won’t minimize potential damage, they may recommend tree removal.
Dealing with the Aftermath
Sometimes trees get damaged or fall during a storm even after performing preventative care. Smaller trees and branches can be removed by the homeowner; however, larger trees need professional attention. For larger trees, an arborist with special training and the proper equipment can make short work of dealing with the aftermath. Larger trees are much heavier and, in some cases, will require additional cutting before they can be removed. Trees that are damaged but still standing can also fall over at any time, which presents a hazard that is best left to the professionals.
How Five Star Tree Services Can Help
For quality pre and post-storm tree care, contact the licensed arborists here at Five Star Tree Services. Our staff is fully equipped to deal with a wide assortment of tree problems, especially those that come with seasonal weather. We offer a full range of affordable tree care services, including preventative care, after storm maintenance, and emergency tree services. For more information on how we can help, give us a call at (416) 990-3355 today.