We here at Gordon Pro Tree Service deal with a lot of storm damage. Your trees can only stand up to storms to a certain extent. If the winds are extremely high and/or the ground is very wet, your trees can topple, no matter how healthy they are. Let’s talk about trees, storms, and common damaging factors. Knowing how your trees could be harmed by Mother Nature helps you protect them against her.
High Wind Throw
Wind throw is basically a fancy term for the wind knocking over your trees. How this happens is simple: Your tree’s root system cannot stand up to the wind’s force against the portions of the tree above the ground. Newer trees succumb to wind throw because they have not established their underground root system yet. Root damage can also weaken an established system and the tree will topple in high winds.
As the high winds batter your trees, any area where they are weak can fail. This is called stem failure, and it usually happens at the weakest part of your tree trunks. In this case, your tree won’t be uprooted like it is with wind throw. Rather, your tree will break at the stem (trunk), and topple over. A healthy and strong tree trunk is your best defense against stem failure, so inspect your trees regularly for disease.
Your tree’s canopy, the branches, leaves, and twigs, make up the crown. If you do not prune your trees properly, or if the canopy is overgrown, you will end up with an uneven and vulnerable tree crown. When a bad storm hits, the crown will twist, and this damages the major branches that support it. What’s left is visible or barely-visible, irreparable damage to your tree’s crown and supporting branches.
The stronger a tree’s root system the healthier the tree. An unhealthy root system will not be able to sustain a tree in a high-wind and/or extremely wet storm. A damaged root system allows any of the above storm damage to occur, especially wind throw. Signs your tree has a damaged root system include broken or pulled roots, visible roots around the tree trunk, mushroom growth, and soil displacement.
Finally, if a storm batters your tree for hours, branches can start to succumb to the gale-force winds and pounding rain. This is why so many people end up with tree branches crashing down on their roofs or vehicles. It’s important to prune away dead or weakened tree branches properly; this helps reduce storm damage risks. If lightning strikes your tree, the damaged parts or entire tree may need to be removed.
Don’t fret. Call Gordon Pro Tree Service in Buford, GA. We’ll inspect your trees and get them storm-ready.