Friday, August 21, 2015

Storms that cause tree damage need tree inspections


We've had our fair share of them this summer. We are still getting calls for tree removals from the last round of storms from Late July/Early August.

Are you also in need of tree removal?

Or maybe just a tree inspection to see if your tree can withstand the next round of storms? 

If it has already been damaged or weakened in any way, it should be inspected by a certified Arborist to ensure it doesn't pose a hazard to you, those around you or your property.

We are on the scene doing tornado clean up in Grayslake. 
We always respond to emergency tree care calls especially after storms. 
Don't try this work on your own. 
It's dangerous and we have the right training, 
tools and equipment that makes 
the job safer and easier.

In most cases trees are considered hazardous when limbs are weakened either through previous damage, most likely from storms or pests. 

Most damage to a property during severe weather occurs when limbs or entire trees fall. It in not uncommon for summer storms to bring with them lots of rain and strong winds. These two conditions combined can be detrimental to trees, High winds and saturated soils can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. Although your trees grow and become stronger in the summer, they are also very much at risk. Winter is no different. During winter, the weight of ice and snow accumulation can be equally damaging, resulting in failure of branches and/or entire trees.

It is important that you take the time to contact a profession tree service with certified Arborists on staff to identify potentially hazardous conditions and to help reduce the risk of damage BEFORE harsh weather occurs.

Why do you need a professional tree service to inspect your trees?

Tree Inspections

Even if damage is not apparent in your trees, they should be carefully inspected by an ISA Certified Arborist for subtle defects such as cracked branches, splits in stems and shifting of the root plate. Tree hazards are not always obvious to the untrained eye. Not to mention that correcting them can be a dangerous job. These defects can lead to branch or even whole tree failures in the future. Truth be told, it is next to impossible to completely protect your trees and property from severe storms, however, by taking the proper steps to ensure your trees are safe, you've eliminated much of the risk. Certified arborists are trained to do just this: they inspect for issues that can predispose trees to failure. Many times the Arborist will climb the tree to get a closer look and that is certainly a job that should only be left to someone with the proper training in safety as well as tree care. A Certified Arborist can also assess severely storm-damaged trees and develop recommendations for remedial treatments or advise as to the need for removal.
A thank you to Heather Ridge Golf Course in Gurnee
for hiring us to take care of
their storm clean up after Sunday's tornado.

Based on what the Arborist finds through his assessment, he or she will recommend a plant health care plan that will help your trees and shrubs stay strong and healthy, as well as endure whatever Mother Nature has in store for us.

What is Plant Health Care?

Plant Health Care Before and After Storms

Plants and trees weakened by storms may have already been under stress from various environmental factors over the last few years. Wounds created by the storm add stress to plants and they are more readily invaded by insect borers and disease-causing organisms. Plants should be inspected through the growing season for evidence of these “secondary invaders” and treatments applies as necessary to reduce damage. Fertilization and other amendments, applied based on soil analysis, will aid recovery. Irrigation and proper mulching of storm-damaged trees are important when dry weather returns.

Some of the treatments an Arborist may recommend after an assessment are installing cables or braces, pruning lightning protection, or even tree sprays in bugs are present as they can easily weaken the structure of your trees.

Leaning Trees

Trees less than 20 feet in height that now lean may require staking or guying. Larger trees usually can not and should not be guyed. These trees should be inspected by a Certified Arborist to determine if the root plate may have shifted. Trees with guys or stakes should be inspected periodically during the year to ensure that wires, ropes or cables used to support the tree do not girdle the stem. Guys and stakes usually are removed after one growing season, but may need to remain longer in some cases.

Structural Support Cables

Trees that were damaged in a storm may develop structural weaknesses that will predispose them to future storm damage. Crown reduction or thinning may be needed to reduce the potential for future damage. Steel support cables and brace rods also can be installed in branches to reduce the risk of failure.


Broken, hanging branches and branch stubs, resulting from breakage, require removal. Proper pruning techniques are critical to avoid insect and disease infestations later in the growing season. Trees and shrubs that have lost significant portions of their crown in the storm may require crown renovation. This form of pruning can begin now, but must be continued over a period of years to restructure a desirable, healthy crown.

Storms from the last few days were quick but left their mark. 
When you have tree damage from storms, 
Trees "R" Us, Inc. will get the job done right for you 
safely and quickly.
Unfortunately in our industry, there are quite a few tree services that do not have the right experience. They should not be handing out advice about tree care. Period. Here are a few 'red flags' when it comes to hiring a tree service to do the job.

Tree Service Advice NOT to take

Do not top your trees! Ever.

If the tree service you've hired to inspect your trees comes back to you with the recommendation to top your trees, fire them. Seriously. This is not a solution to anything. Tree topping leads to problems later in the life of the tree and is prohibited by industry standards. Tree topping should never be used to prevent storm damage.

Additionally, we recommend you are home during the tree inspection and watch the crew or Arborist in action. If you notice that anyone is using climbing spikes, do not hire them for any tree work. Using climbing spikes create wounds in trees that open the tree up to insect and disease infestations. It's a bad practice and a professional tree service will know that.

Also be caution of an Arborist or tree service that jumps to tree removal as the only solution. In some cases, yes, tree removal is the only solution, but many times there are other options that will save the tree. However, these options take training to perform. Professionals in the industry will know how to do them, unqualified tree services will take the easy way out and just remove the tree. It's a quick and easy solution for them, but for you that means you'll not only be losing a tree, but also losing property value, shade, curb appeal, etc. Tree removal should only be an option when high-risk conditions exist that cannot be effectively mitigated.

If your trees were damaged from the storm, we can help.
We are experts at emergency tree removal and storm clean up.
Keep you, your family and property safe by making sure your trees are not a hazard.
Even if you routinely care for your trees, when a severe storm hits, be sure to have an arborist review your property for any issues resulting from the weather.

Hope you all have been safe out there. Lots of tornado damage in our area. We've been called to help clean up the...
Posted by Trees R Us, Inc on Monday, August 3, 2015

Out on a Limb for You,
Jenni Willis
President and CEO
Trees "R" Us, Inc.

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