Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Minimize winter storm damage to your trees


Did you check in yesterday and read about how a good build up of snow on your trees branches can really stress out your trees? Damage from a heavy snow fall is inevitable.  However, there area a few things you can do to make life easier for your trees. 

Here are a few tips to help you minimize storm damage to your trees:
  • When planting trees, give them enough room to grow fully and balanced. Avoid planting near utility wires, too close to buildings or on steep banks. Make sure the tree has good structure (not lopsided or with weak multiple trunks) and is not planted too deeply. The ground line should be a little below where the trunk begins to flair above the roots. A tree service, like Trees "R" Us, Inc. can show you the proper depth.

  • To encourage strong, healthy trees, be sure to mulch and fertilize. Spread a layer of mulch, available from Organic Solutions, Inc.  (847-366-8869) from the trunk out at least three feet but better yet as far as the branches reach. Don't make it any deeper than four inches, otherwise you may hinder root growth. Consult an arborist from Trees "R" Us, Inc. for fertilizing recommendations.

  • When the ground is not frozen, trees need at least an inch of water a week. If Mother Nature doesn't supply it, provide supplemental water, especially for the first year or two following planting.

  • Prune out dead limbs and ones that grow improperly, like crossing other branches. Dense trees can be pruned to reduce wind resistance and thus their likelihood to be blown over. Tree pruning, especially large trees, is dangerous and best left to experts with the proper equipment and know-how. Please contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for projects of this nature.

  • Avoid damaging or cutting roots when digging around trees. Healthy roots ensure a stronger tree.

  • Done by an arborist, cabling and bracing techniques can be effective ways to extend the life of a tree and can reduce the risk of it failing.

  • Large trees near structures, where cars park or where people gather should have a risk assessment by an arborist. They may be of a type that has shallow roots and thus more likely to topple, or internal cavities undetectable without special equipment.

  • Install lightning protection systems on high-value trees. These systems dissipate the electrical charge from the lightning into the ground, protecting the tree. If a tree is damaged by lightning, most insurers require homeowners to have the damaged tree appraised.
 Hope you found that helpful.  Please contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. for an estimate on any of these services or with any tree care questions you may have. 847-913-9069

Let is snow!

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