Picking up After The Storm
Fallen or damaged trees need to be attended to as soon as possible. Whether they need to be removed, or can be straightened back into the ground, the sooner they are mended, the safer your home and family will be.
If a tree falls in your yard and no one is around to hear it does it still make a sound? While it may take time for an answer to ever be reached on that question, one thing is for certain: a fallen tree can cause catastrophic damage to you and your home. Even badly damaged trees can be weakened to the point that they need to be repaired or removed by a professional.
If a tree is uprooted during a storm it can land on houses, cars or even powerlines. The first thing to do is to make sure everybody is safe and is not still in the path of the tree. Even if the storm has passed and the tree looks like it has settled, it could still shift and cause further damage. Once everybody is safe, contact a professional to inspect the condition that the tree is in.
If the tree has been completely uprooted, then removal is most likely necessary. It will take some time and some large equipment, but given the severity of a fallen tree, its removal will be the safest option. Fallen trees are still useful in that they can be cut up to create firewood or kindling, or they can be ground up into mulch to fertilize the remaining landscape.
If a tree has fallen, it is also possible that it can be straightened up and braced back into position. This only works for smaller trees, but it can be done. By using guy wires and power lift equipment, the tree can be guided back into the ground. Due to the size of the equipment and the intricacy of the procedure, it is best to hire a professional to repair a fallen tree.
Torn bark or split branches are also common ailments caused by severe storms. These are dangerous because, while they do not knock over the tree, they will weaken the overall structure. Trees with this damage inflicted will become a ticking time bomb, ready to fall or crumble at any moment. Removing branches or bracing the trunk can re-stabilize the tree, making the environment far safer.
Fallen and damaged trees can have a major impact on your landscape due to their size and weight. The quicker you can repair or remove a damaged tree, the less destruction will occur. You do not want to wait for weakened branches to fall on your home or your car. Finding the right service that can mend the situation at a moment’s notice can alleviate stress and costs in the long run. Click here to find out more about the best emergency tree service in San Antonio.
As a long time arborist and landscaper, Mark is dedicated to educating people about the joy that comes from property with healthy, trees and plants. You can find his thoughts at Tumblr blog.
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