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Steps for Protecting Your Trees Against Storms

Typically, late summer storms are most active during September, when summer ends.

Trees can be adversely affected by severe weather events. Healthy trees have a much better chance of standing strong against the high winds and heavy rains that frequently blow through this area this time of year, even though the risk of failure is never zero.

The first step. Research is important.

There are different needs for different tree species. Due to their sensitivity to drought or high winds, some trees may have a disadvantage from the start. Make sure you know your tree's specific needs and preferred site conditions.

The second is. Roots need to be protected.

Did you know that soil compaction is one of the top stresses on urban trees? It is harder for surface water to penetrate the soil when it is compacted, and roots cannot get enough oxygen when the soil is compacted. Strong roots are essential to the health of your tree!

Keep heavy equipment and cars away from root zones to avoid soil compaction.

You can use vertical mulching to loosen up compacted soil! Visit this page to learn more.

The third. Make sure your trees are mulched and fertilized.

Is it time to refresh the mulch bed around your tree? A 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch around your tree can reduce soil compaction, prevent mower damage, and prevent trimmer damage, add essential nutrients to the soil, and moderate soil temperatures, creating an ideal environment for your tree.

Maintain a regular mulch replenishment schedule!

Another great way to keep your tree healthy is to fertilize it. It is usually necessary for trees to have 16-19 essential elements in order to grow and thrive. Considering that most urban soils are highly altered and nutrient deficient, regular fertilization treatments could be beneficial.

The fourth. Keep the trunk safe.

The bark of trees and the phloem, the pipe that carries nutrients from the leaves to the roots, can be damaged by lawn mowers and string trimmers.

Water and minerals can't be sent from the soil to the rest of the tree if the phloem is damaged.

The fifth. Keeping pests and diseases under control.

Your tree can be weakened by pests and diseases. Any of the following issues should be monitored by you:

  • Leaves that are pale or discolored

  • Dieback of branches

  • Thinning of the crown

  • Spots on leaves

  • Mushrooms

  • Detection of decay

  • Slow growth

  • Reduced flowering

When you notice something amiss with your tree, consult an arborist to figure out what's going on.

The sixth. When there is a dry spell, water is needed.

Rain water is usually enough to keep your tree healthy most of the time. When the weather is hot, dry or there is a drought, it is crucial that you water your tree yourself.

There are many factors that determine how much water your tree needs, including its age, species, and soil type. Consult with our arborist to provide a soil test.

The seventh. Install cables when necessary and prune regularly.

Structural pruning can improve your tree's structure by keeping the canopy balanced. The upcoming winter season is a great time to schedule your pruning service.

Cabling and bracing are good options if a tree care professional determines that there are parts of your tree that are structurally weak and need to be reinforced.

TreeMedics Tree Service offers many of the services you need to keep your trees strong. Request a consultation now to get your tree evaluated by our pros!

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