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How to Check Your Trees After a Bad Storm

If a large storm has just passed through, it’s important to inspect your trees once it’s safe to do so. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, trees should be inspected at least once a year and after storms. If your tree has been severely damaged in a storm, emergency tree removal may be needed. Here are some tips to help you assess tree health following a storm.

Look for Signs of Damage Where the Branches Meet the Trunk

After a storm, you want to look for signs of damage where the large limbs or branches of your tree meet the trunk. Be on the lookout for cuts, gashes, or even char marks if lightning was present. If you see the bark pulling from the tree, this isn’t a big concern. On the other hand, if you see deep cuts or wounds, the limb may be at risk of falling and may need to be trimmed or removed.

Ensure Your Tree Isn’t Leaning

If the root system of your tree is disturbed by heavy rain or the wind gusts are really strong, your tree may start to lean. If you notice the tree leaning after a storm passes, you need to have the tree inspected by a professional right away. Don’t hesitate to reach out to emergency tree removal services if the tree appears to be at risk of toppling over.

Check for Hanging Branches

The last thing that you want to check when you’re assessing your trees after a bad storm is hanging branches. If you see any hanging branches, they likely need to be pruned away or trimmed off. However, according to the University of Missouri’s School of Natural Resources, if a storm caused a great deal of damage and over 50% of the crown on the tree is damaged, the tree may need to be removed completely.

If your tree was damaged in a storm, emergency tree removal may be needed. This helps to protect property nearby, as well as people who may be around the tree. If your tree is showing signs of damage after a storm, our team at Everhart Tree Service can help inspect the tree and determine the best course of action. Call us today to learn more about our services!