STORM DAMAGE

Hundreds of thousands of shade and street trees in the United States are storm damaged by wind, ice and lightning each year. Estimates of property value loss from tree storm damage can approach one billion dollars annually depending on how severe the weather is. There are ways to help you quickly understand and prevent costly storm damage to trees. There are no real "cures" here outside of proper planting, prevention measures and treatment unless you call us for an on-site review of trees surrounding your home.

Trees biologically acclimate themselves to wind and ice if these destructive agents are part of an average annual growing season. Under normal weather conditions, trees sway in the wind and these movements strengthen the woody material developing the stem. This development is especially important on the prevailing wind side for hardwoods and opposite the wind side for conifers.

It is the abnormal weather condition and storm that damages and potentially create structural failure. There is just no way to protect trees from all types of storm damage. Trees simply are not adapted to survive worst-case storms.

Storm damage to trees usually comes in six ways - via blow-down, stem failure, crown twist, root failure, branch failure and lightning strike. Total tree collapse, crown twist and lightning strike are considered catastrophic tree events that need immediate and proper attention. Root failure, branch failure and stem failure are more subtle and can take years to kill the tree. We have the experience and the right tools and equipment to get the job done safe and efficiently.