Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wind or Storm Damage to Trees - What to Do

It was one beautiful day here in Chicagoland today, albeit a windy one.  Once again our winter has given us a day of really mild temps. So unusual, yet so nice to be out in early March without a jacket.  But, these winds reminded me of how I wanted to let my readers know how these windy Chicago days can adversely affect our trees.

Thousands of shade and street trees in the Chicago are damaged by wind, ice, lightning and other storm related factors each year. Unfortunately when you lose a tree due to these harsh conditions, your property value also takes a hit.  However,  there are ways to help you understand and prevent costly storm damage to trees. Unfortunately though, there are no real "cures" here to Mother Nature's fury, outside of proper planting, prevention measures and treatment.
Did you know that trees biologically adapt themselves to wind and ice if these destructive factors are part of an average growing season? Under normal weather conditions, trees sway in the wind and these movements actually strengthen the woody material developing the stem. This development is an especially important part of the development of the tree.
It is the abnormal weather conditions and storms that damage and potentially kill trees. There is just no way to protect all trees from all types of storm damage. Trees simply are not adapted to survive worst-case storms.
Storm damage to trees usually comes in six ways - via blow-down, stem failure, crown twist, root failure, branch failure and lightning strike. Total tree collapse, crown twist and lightning strike are considered catastrophic tree events that need immediate and proper attention. Root failure, branch failure and stem failure are more subtle and can take years to kill the tree. There are ways to minimize the damage from each of these types of storm damage so follow the links depending on what kind of damage you have.  If you are unsure of the type of damage done to your tree, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. 
Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service company providing quality tree care to the North Shore area of Chicago and its surrounding Northwest suburbs since the mid '90s.  Check us out at or give us a call at 847-913-9069.   We are experts in assessing trees damaged by wind or storms and in providing emergency tree removal.  
Thanks for reading,

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