High winds, heavy rainfall, and dips in the temperature can cause the trees on your property to snap, break and uproot; causing dangerous and expensive property damage! While it’s impossible to predict what will happen in the next storm, there are actions you can take to greatly reduce your risk of tree damage.
Why Some Trees Do Better in Strong Storms than Others
After big storms, we usually hear frustrated customers ask “What could I have done to prevent storm damage?” Last winter, after a particularly awful snowstorm, many properties along Washington Lane in Huntingdon Valley suffered extensive storm damage. However, one property, owned by a Giroud Tree & Lawn customer, escaped practically unscathed!
“We consistently do maintenance pruning at this property,” explains Drew Slousky, Giroud Arborist and Vice President. “Since this customer has us out there for routine health and safety inspections, we can catch any issues before they become big problems.”
Having your trees and shrubs inspected on a regular basis by a Giroud ISA Certified Arborist is the best way to give them a fighting chance against stormy weather. A Certified Arborist can spot hidden dangers that may not be obvious to you! They know the signs of insect damage, disease, weak root systems, overextended branches, and stress cracks in trunks, just to name a few dangers.
Your Giroud Arborist will assess each tree and shrub and determine the best course of action to address any issues:
- Tree root systems can be fertilized to strengthen the roots and make them better able to withstand soaking rains, heavy snow and high winds.
- Cracked trees can be bolted or cabled to ease the pressure from heavy limbs and leaders.
- Branches can be pruned to prevent property damage and injury to people below from falling deadwood. Pruning also promotes healthy growth going forward.
- Treat insect or disease problems before they cause serious damage and weaken your tree.
We’ve seen it all!
If you think storm damage can’t happen on your property, think again! Our Arborists have seen some pretty wild situations, and sometimes it can strike when you don’t expect it all! Check out our video of a large Oak Tree that fell in Elkins Park!