In 1997, the world experienced what was called “the strongest El Niño event since the 1950s.” As we transition into winter and the New Year, scientists predict we will see history repeat itself with some of the strongest El Niño effects on record.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the memorable weather patterns of the 1997 El Niño are making a comeback in California. The state is expected to experience El Niño’s peak from January to March. The forecast? Mudslides, heavy rainfall, and a cycle of one storm after another.
Along with these record-high rains come recurring threats to your trees: weak branches can fall in severe weather, damaging power lines, homes and property.
For the questions that may be crossing your mind about keeping your trees and property safe, take a look at these steps for taking on El Niño.
How do I know if my tree is at risk?
California’s drought season caused many trees to loose strength and vigor, leaving them vulnerable to El Niño’s forecasted elements. Drought stressed trees have browning leaves that appear wilted or scorched, a thin canopy and dead or dried branches.
How can I prevent potential damage before the heavy storms?
Providing your trees with a timely, professional pruning can help manage growth, reduce potential for storm damage and eliminate dangerous limbs. In this video, Nick Crawford, sales arborist for Davey’s San Francisco office, explains why now is the ideal time for preventative pruning.
Will my tree need to be removed?
If you are concerned about a potential risk tree on your property, it is important to contact a certified arborist. For trees severely damaged by drought (which can be determined with a tree inspection) full removal may be necessary.
For additional questions or to request a consultation for preventative pruning, contact your local arborist.