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Don't let severe storm damage bring you--and your trees--down. Follow some of Davey District Manager Miles Stephens' monitoring tips below to help keep your green investments as safe as possible this season.

Protect Your Landscape From Summer Storm Damage

July 7, 2015

Summer is here!

Davey is on the air to talk trees and how summer storms can affect them this season.

Davey is proud to appear on Pittsburgh KDKA, News Radio 1020 station this summer and fall. Every other Sunday morning, one of our local district managers will discuss several tree and landscape topics—some of which we will feature on the Davey blog!

Davey Tree Arborist on the Air: Last week, Miles Stephens, district manager of Davey’s South Pittsburgh residential tree care services, discussed signs of storm damage and uprooting in your trees with radio hosts Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser of “The Organic Gardeners. The following script is based on Stephens’ interview.

KDKA: What should we look for in our landscapes after summer storms?

MS: First, you should take a careful look around your landscape for hanging or broken tree limbs. We are seeing a lot of damaged trees from heavy rainfall—breaking extended horizontal branches from rain weight. Saturated soil is becoming a problem, causing trees to lean, especially on slopes. We are also seeing girdling root systems in trees with an asymmetrical root system—causing trees to lean to the side with less roots. If you see trees leaning in your landscape, contact a professionally trained arborist for tree-saving solutions.


KDKA: When I was driving on the highway, I saw massive trees that have fallen from the recent storms. What causes this?

MS: To build roads, you have to cut into the ground where trees grow. So, many of these trees are growing on very steep slopes without proper anchorage for roots to develop. Roads also give a natural area for sunlight to come through—causing trees to grow to sun—putting them in greater risk to lean. When you combine large trees, saturated soil and slopes during storm season, it creates the perfect amalgamation for trees to fall over.

KDKA: How do you know when trees become dangerous?

MS: If you notice trees leaning in your landscape, look at the trunk base for a bulge where soil may be starting to lift up. The bulge, whether it’s subtle or dramatic, is a sign of uprooting, which may cause your tree to fall. If you notice any signs of root bulging, contact an arborist to take a look at your tree before it becomes dangerous.

KDKA: Also, during storm season we see a lot of wilt and disease on tree leaves and branches. How do we combat these diseases?

MS: We are seeing a lot of verticillium wilt, fire-blight on fruit trees, apple scabs on crabapple trees and anthracnose on dogwoods because of all the moisture and humidity. This time of the year infestation and disease are easier to spot because of the wet climate. If you notice signs of disease on your trees contact your local arborist for treatment options.

For more summer storm tips for your landscape, listen to the full interview with Stephens.

Need help with your landscape after a big storm? Contact your local arborist for a free consultation.

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