Use Caution

Wear safety goggles and closed toed shoes when you are checking out the area. Before you walk in or around anything, make sure it is stable.

Call For Help If It Is Dangerous Or You’re Unsure Of The Conditions

If it looks like there are large trees or branches that might fall down or if you are unsure how to know, call for help right away. Attempting to handle the situation on your own could make it worse and you could get injured.

Check for Leaning Trees

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Look for any trees that are leaning at an angle. This tells you that the root system is not healthy and the tree could fall over.

Keep Your Eye Out For Utility Wires

Before touching anything, look for power lines and utility wires. Do not touch the tree if it is caught up in or on anything electrical. Call a professional immediately.

Identify Broken Branches

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Look near the trunk of the tree for cracks in the branches or missing branches. You will want to prune these later on to help the tree get back to health.

Look For Anything That Fell Onto Your Possessions

Look on the top of your roof and cars for any damage that happened due to the storm. There might be large branches or debris that will cause problems in the future.

Find Cracks In Tree Trunks

Look for large cracks in the tree trunk that could cause the tree to split in the near future or get infected with a disease.

Caring For Harmed Trees

Prune

Prune away the dead branches to help the tree heal. It will allow more sunlight and nutrients to go to the healthy parts of the tree. Only prune what is necessary though. Leave chainsaw work to the professionals.

Support

Cabling and bracing should be done in certain circumstances. But it is critical that it is done correctly. Call your local arborist for help on the project!

Maintain

Wounds created by a storm are often invaded by insects and diseases causing additional problems. Watch for the signs of these pests with regular inspections.

Treat

If your tree gets infected with any disease or invaded by insects, you should treat it as needed with the proper solution. You should also fertilize based on an analysis of your soil to aid in the healing process.

Don’t Top Your Trees

Topping your trees will add additional stress to the already recovering tree. Also, it needs the nutrients from the foliage in order to heal. Topping your trees is one of the worst things you can do for it. The branches will grow back weak and will be even more likely to break in the next storm.

If more than 50% of the top of your tree was destroyed in the storm, it is most likely that the tree will die in the next few years. Even with great care and knowledge, some trees cannot get back to where they were before the storm. If you have questions or need help with your tree project, call a professional arborist and have them come look at your situation.

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