Storm Related Tree Damage: Tips for Safe Clean Up & Prevention of Future Problems

When severe weather strikes, it can cause devastating damage to trees, property, homes, and more. In this post, we’ll discuss the best ways to clean up storm related tree damage and how you can save thousands of dollars by preventing it from happening again in the future.

After the storm has passed, the cleanup and rebuilding process can begin. Before actually beginning the cleanup process, however, it is important to first assess the damage your trees sustained during the storm. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you believe you will need power tools to remove tree limbs, branches or other tree debris yourself, you will most likely be better off hiring a professional tree service expert like Adirondack Tree Surgeons.

It is crucial to keep in mind that after a severe storm, you will undoubtedly find a lot of tree branches and limbs on the ground, but you also need to be aware of what could still be hanging in the trees. Before removing a fallen limb that is near a tree, look up and make sure there are not any hanging limbs or branches that sustained damage during the storm. These could be very unstable and could fall down at the slightest touch or gust of wind so it’s best to check before removing anything. If you do find there are a lot of hanging branches, calling a professional is recommended.

In order to help prevent future storm related tree damage, there are actions you can take:

  • Examine the tree’s canopy for deadwood. If you find a significant amount, that could be a sign that something is wrong with the tree and an indication that the tree could sustain damage during the next storm.
  • Check for inner decay of the tree by taking a rubber mallet and tapping around the base of the tree. If it sounds hollow or like a drum, that is a pretty good indication that you could have a large cavity in the tree due to decay.

If you’ve noticed any of these issues, the next step would be to contact an expert to come take a look at and help you determine the best course of action. If it is decided that your trees are dead or do contain internal decay, there are several decisions you can make to help prevent these trees from causing damage during a severe storm. Depending on how serious of a condition the tree is in, one of the solutions is to cut down and remove the tree altogether. Another option if you do not wish to remove the tree altogether is to thin out the canopy by pruning out some of the branches or even using cabling to help provide the tree with some reinforced support.

One final piece of advice is don’t wait until the storm is upon you! If you have trees that may need to be removed, or that you are unsure about, be sure to call an expert before it’s too late. They will work with you to determine what the appropriate course of action will be and can help save you thousands of dollars by recommending some preventative measures.

If you have recently experienced storm related tree damage, contact Adirondack Tree Surgeons now at 518-792-2225. Our professional tree experts utilize the most modern equipment and can safely remove fallen trees, limbs and more to eliminate any hazards and dangers that could happen after you’ve experienced severe weather. At Adirondack Tree Surgeons, we are on call 24/7 if you need emergency tree or branch removal services.