How do storms and high winds affect your trees?
Posted on: January 11th, 2019
It’s now the beginning of 2019 and while we have seen a number of cold and wet days this winter, so far Essex hasn’t seen any severe storms or flooding.
But this isn’t to say that they’re not on their way. Heavy rain and high winds can result in trees taking a battering, leaving them vulnerable, damaged or fallen.
So what happens if you notice that one – or more – of your trees has been damaged? How do storms and high winds affect your trees? What should you do?
How severe is the storm or wind damage?
Dealing with minor damage such as broken branches should be treated promptly to avoid further damage or risk to nearby buildings, people and animals, but they can be cleaned up fairly quickly. It is interesting to note that trees may shed branches as a natural defence against being blown over by high winds. If major branches have to be removed, additional tree surgery works may be required to visually rebalance the damaged tree.
In addition, when considering coniferous trees, you should remember that branches are often shed as they have developed with a year-round battering resistance. Therefore, the loss of branches does not necessarily mean you should worry about the tree’s overall health.
However, there are times when a tree sustains storm damage that cannot be repaired. For example, if a tree splits at a weak fork, it will usually result in a large wound that over time – in some case years – will decay, rendering the tree unsafe. In this case, there is no option but to remove the tree.
Has the tree fallen?
If a tree falls on private land it is the property owner’s responsibility to clear and remove the tree and any debris.
If said tree is in a conservation area or protected by a tree preservation order, you will need to report the incident and obtain written consent from your local authority before any tree work is carried out.
What about swaying trees?
You may have noticed that certain trees in your garden sway more than others. This, in general, is completely normal but after a severe storm or high winds, you should always inspect these trees to ensure that have not been damaged.
Contact the professionals
It is always recommended that you get in touch with a professional tree surgeon before undertaking any clean-up as there are a number of significant risks involved when working with damaged or fallen trees.
A tree surgeon will be able to offer expert advice all aspects, from who is responsible for organising or carrying out the work to the best way to remove broken branches. A fallen tree can cause major disruption if it has damaged a building or fallen in a public place. In these situations, we would always advise that a tree surgeon is contracted to assess the damage and carry out all works safely and efficiently.
Prince Tree Surgery covers all aspect of tree work across Brentwood, South Essex and beyond. If you are concerned about the health of one of your trees after severe storms and high winds, please contact Prince Tree Surgery on 01277 229 709 or via our online contact form.
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