Throughout the course of a year, your trees experience some harsh weather. Studies indicate that trees that receive proper maintenance throughout the year are less likely to sustain storm damage. This makes investigating why some trees are damaged by strong winds and others aren’t a worthy undertaking. While there is nothing you can do to completely protect your trees from the outside elements, there are precautions you can take to reduce the amount of damage your trees sustain from high winds.
One of the best ways to protect your trees from wind damage is to prune them properly. Trees that aren’t pruned tend to have a higher center of gravity, which makes them more susceptible to wind damage. Its leaves also act like sails, catching the wind and making the tree bend.
Pruning or reducing the length of tree branches creates a lower center of gravity, giving your tree a fighting chance against high winds. However, proper structure is important to the resilience of a tree to storm damage, and pruning too often can damage the tree. Additionally, pruning allows wind to pass through the foliage of a tree more easily. However, too much pruning slows the growth of roots and adds more stress to the tree. In the end, this makes the tree more susceptible to many things such as diseases, drought and wind damage.
Some people think that you can’t overwater a tree, but overwatering causes a condition known as “shallow roots.” The roots of your tree acts like an anchor, keeping it rooted during strong winds. When you overwater a tree, the roots aren’t encouraged to spread deeper into the soil. Instead, they remain close to the surface. Over time, the deeper roots die while the newer roots sprout closer to the surface in search of water and other nutrients. The end result is a tree that doesn’t have a solid foundation. You can further protect the roots by mulching around the base of your tree.
Trees are tall and filled with water, making them an ideal path for lighting to travel to the ground. This not only damages your tree but also puts your home and surrounding fixtures in danger. Installing a lighting protection system is a great way to take the focus off your trees. Such protection systems are typically made out of a network of wires that disperse the lighting throughout the ground and away from your trees. It’s also important to note that these systems protect your house by directing electrical energy away from it.
Using these tips, you can help your tree stand up to wind and storm damage. Remember to keep an eye out for the health of your tree over the course of the year. Look for brown twigs and damaged branches that are attached to your tree. This is a sign that something is wrong, and your tree should be inspected by a professional. When a tree is dead or dying, it becomes more vulnerable to wind damage, which puts your home and family at risk.
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August 3, 2016