When severe storms strike, preventive care and monitoring can protect your trees.

When severe storms strike, preventive care and monitoring can protect your trees.

Fall is fast approaching. Crisp, cool air has gradually replaced the thick layer of humidity encompassing the outdoors. Leaves have begun the earliest stage of their annual autumnal transition from shades of green to yellow, orange and reddish tones.

Thanks to Mother Nature's seasonal mosaic of color, your trees grant your landscape with the visual appeal of vibrancy in all directions. As their structures sway in a slight breeze so characteristic to the season, brittle leaves gently fall to the ground, dusting your lawn and driveway with clusters of color.

How sweet it is to observe the presence of trees and their natural beauty in fall. In lieu of this season's potential storms, however, a bit of extra care and maintenance can go a long way in terms of protecting your trees and ensuring they survive for the benefit of you and your landscape.

Heavy rain, lightning, high winds, excess snow or a combination of any of these severe weather sce­narios can damage your trees-from their root systems all the way to their branches and leaves. Inspecting trees before and after storms is essential to promote strong, healthy trees. 

Rain in storm season

Strong Branches = Stronger Tree. Regular tree maintenance can mean a world of difference when it comes to tree strength dur­ing a storm. Proper pruning provides proper scaffold branch spacing and thins the tree canopy, allowing wind to blow through it instead of against it. Pruning also removes potentially hazardous dead or weak branches. Cabling and bracing may also be necessary to reduce the likelihood of structurally weak trees from splitting and breaking in stormy weather.

Lightning Strikes Twice. Lightning may strike anything that provides a good path for the electrical charge to travel from the storm cloud to the ground, including trees. Installing lightning protection systems in valuable trees can help reduce the likelihood of damage.

A tree with strong, healthy wood is more likely to survive destructive, stormy weather, but without your assistance, your trees are less likely to survive. Be proactive with your tree care goals this season and prep your trees to prosper-before it's too late.

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