Storms Wreak Havoc on North Texas Trees
August 2, 2017
Strong storms have been hitting more frequently than normal this year, and they recently roared through North Texas causing tree and property damage all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Falling trees and heavy branches damaged roofs, cars, neighboring trees broken and many residents were put in harm’s way. If your trees were not greatly impacted by the storm, there’s probably a good reason. If you lost trees or suffered property damage, then it may be those trees needed some TLC.
Maintenance = Preservation
Large, mature trees that have withstood storm after storm could just have good luck. But most likely, those trees have been cared for by a professional arborist who understands how to encourage yearly vigorous growth, healthy roots and lush foliage. Trees maintained by skilled arborists and their crew of diligently trained tree health care technicians that prune, feed, plant, and care for them regularly, grow healthier and more vigorous so they are better able to withstand heavy rain, wind, and even snow and ice.
"It's a sobering reminder every now and then to witness just how dangerous mature tree's can be when they are not respected and cared for on a regular basis." says Ken Smith, ISA Certified Arborist.
See no value in skilled maintenance?
Ken Smith, ISA Certified Arborist and eight year Preservation Tree veteran, has seen his fair share of trees and homes destroyed by storms. Just after a recent summer storm, he received a call from a family greatly affected by the heavy winds and torrential downpours. They were referred by another of the family’s service providers. "This was a new client who was referred to us by one of the service companies that we partner with. While it does happen, it’s rare for our existing clients who partake of preventative tree care to contact us with emergency storm damage as extreme as we’ve seen lately.”
Ken goes on to say he firmly believes that trees maintained by a reputable tree company, be it Preservation Tree or another equivalent team of tree pros who have the knowledge and education about tree care, will be the ones to stay standing after the storm. The way we prune and maintain trees, using an Earth-friendly and science based approach, encourages trees we manage to be much less susceptible to this type of storm damage.
What do we encourage you to consider when making your trees storm-ready?
Soil Aeration so your tree’s roots can breathe, increasing its overall health.
Seasonal fertilization so trees are better prepared for extreme weather.
Skilled preventative pruning can greatly reduce the amount of damage during a storm.
Pest and disease management by a pro will alert you of insects or fungal diseases you may not have seen otherwise. Untreated infections or infestations can decimate a tree.
- Cabling and bracing can be added to co-dominant tree trunks to strengthen them during heavy rain, ice and wind.
Scheduling regular tree care will grow your trees to be stronger and healthier. They’ll be less susceptible to pests and diseases, nutrient deficiencies, branch drop and other dangerous elements that will reduce your tree’s structural integrity.
Give Ken or one of our many other Certified Arborists a call this season. Isn’t the investment in your valuable and wonderful trees worth the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your family will be safer from the type of damage our North Texas storms can cause.