If recent windstorms have left your trees battered and broken, you can still save them. While it might seem that a badly damaged tree should be removed, that isn't always the case. In fact, with the proper care, your storm-damaged trees may recover and regain their original stature and beauty. You will need to act fast though. Storm-damaged trees are susceptible to disease and insect infestation until they're receive the proper care. Here are four steps you should take to care for your storm-damaged trees.
Take Proper Precautions
Before you head out to take care of your trees, it's important that you take the proper safety precautions. You're going to need a pair of boots, safety goggles and sturdy gloves. It's also a good idea for you to wear a hardhat while you're inspecting your trees. Your safety gear will protect you from storm-related hazards such as falling branches or sharp objects on the ground.
Clear Away Fallen Branches
Before you start repairing your trees, you'll need to clear away the fallen branches. Insects are attracted to fallen branches, which means that once they show up, they could infest your healthy trees. Not only that but once dead branches start rotting, they can infect neighboring trees. To protect your trees and prevent further harm, move fallen branches as far away from them as possible. If possible, you should have a dumpster delivered to your home. The dumpster will give you a safe place to dispose of your fallen branches.
Remove Damaged Branches
The next thing you'll want to do is remove the damaged branches from your tree. Be careful not to remove too much, though. Branches should be removed right at the location of the next joint. Locate the next healthy joint on the damaged branch. Use your saw to remove the damaged branch right above the joint mark. This will ensure that the shape and strength of the tree are not undermined by the emergency pruning.
Repair Areas of Missing Bark
If your tree has suffered bark damage during the storm, you need to repair that as soon as possible. Bark acts as a protective shield around your tree. Missing or damaged bark can allow insects and disease to invade an otherwise healthy tree. Locate the areas of damage and use a chisel to smooth away the rough edges of the cambium – the greenish inner bark. Smoothing away the rough edges will repair the damage to the cambium and help it develop a new protective covering.
If your trees were damaged after the recent storms, you'll need to act fast. With proper care, your trees can recover. For further assistance with your damaged trees, contact a tree service like Pete & Ron's Tree Service.