When a storm hits, trees often bear the brunt of the damage. Storms are some of the most catastrophic events that can occur in a tree’s life. They can strike at any time during the year, and they can create widespread damage across towns and cities.
Not only do trees face damage themselves, but falling branches and uprooted trunks can pose a serious risk to the life of any people nearby. They can also fall on nearby vehicles and buildings, damaging or even destroying them.
Below are three of the main risks faced by trees during storms. Though the danger of storms cannot be removed entirely, there are steps you can take to protect your trees ahead of time, and to repair them after storm damage is caused.
Lightning can cause major tree damage in just a few seconds. A direct strike can split trunks and shear off branches. Deep splits in a tree can reduce stability, with a risk of the trunk snapping and toppling. The groove can also attract infestations or begin to decay. However, a skilled arborist might be able to fix the damage, through bracing and cabling the split to strengthen the trunk as it heals and grows.
2. Strong winds
Wind is another major cause of tree damage. Wind causes trees to bend and sway, which can snap branches off and even cause the whole tree to slip and fall. Though trees are designed to move with the wind, a strong and prolonged gust can place it under considerable stress. Rough winds can tear away parts of a tree’s canopy, leaving it unbalanced and at risk of falling. Broken limbs and crowns can usually be resolved with tree trimming and pruning by a skilled specialist. However, extensive damage might result in the need for tree removal.
Heavy rain is not usually a direct cause of tree damage, as the leaves and tough bark of a tree are designed to repel water. However, rain can exacerbate the problems caused by heavy winds. If the ground is soft and damp, it is easier for winds to cause trees to rock and shift. This can lead to uprooting during storms.
Speak to the skilled arborists at Logan City Tree Loppers today for more information about our range of tree services for storm damage.