There is nothing like a good thunderstorm to put nature’s awesome power on display. Brilliant flashes of lightning, driving rains, high-speed winds, occasionally even the whirling vortex of a tornado. With the intense energy that is packed in these storms, it is no wonder that they can do a lot of damage – to home, autos, and even trees. While it is impossible to predict where or when a storm will strike, you can identify trees that may be more vulnerable to storm-related damage. In general, any weakness in a tree can make it more susceptible to damage. This weakness may be the result of previous damage, decay, structural abnormalities, or even environmental deficiencies.
Decay is a major cause of tree weakness.
When a tree experiences decay, some of its tissue is dying. Where once there had been strong, solid, living material, now there is soft, squishy, dead matter. Obviously, this makes it less able to withstand any assault. So what causes decay in the first place? Decay can begin when there is a wound to the tree that allows the entrance of disease. These wounds may result from improper bracing or pruning as well as damage done by a lawnmower or weed trimmer. Improper mulching, overwatering, or inadequate soil drainage can also encourage decay.
Structural abnormalities can also make a tree vulnerable.
Trees with codominant stems, for example, can be more susceptible to storm damage. This condition occurs when the tree has 2 or more stems that form the main trunk, each with approximately the same diameter. While the tree may look strong to the casual observer, it is more likely to fail to withstand damage from a storm. Another abnormality that can cause weakness is stem girdling roots. Roots at or just below the surface of the soil that partially or completely encircle the tree are known as stem girdling roots. They take a toll on the overall health of a tree and often cause a weakness to form in the lower trunk. High winds can cause the tree to then snap off at the weak point, bringing the tree down.
Many tree weaknesses can be addressed.
The good news is that many of these weaknesses can be avoided or treated. First, evaluate the condition of your trees often. Look for dead branches that need to be removed, places where damage has already occurred, and structural problems like codominant stems or stem girdling roots. Second, leave major tree work to the professionals. Rather than trying to prune your tree or attach needed cables or braces, it really is best to get someone who will do it right. If you see a problem or just suspect that something is not right, call an arborist. They are trained to know what to look for and what can be done to mitigate the problem.
The experienced staff of certified arborists at Ping’s Tree Service is happy to come out and take a look at your trees anytime. Our experts know how to spot a potential problem and what to do to handle it. We will give you a free assessment with any recommendations for treatment. Call us at 317-298-8482 with your concerns or schedule your free assessment today. We will help you protect your trees against the fury of the next Indiana thunderstorm.
Indianapolis may not be in tornado alley, but we do experience our fair share of large summer storms. Most of the time, these storms have heavy winds and rain that can wreak havoc on our trees and shrubs and may require emergency service. It’s not uncommon for trees to lose many limbs, have lead branches break, or even have an entire tree uproot and crash down on a structure.
So, what should you do if a tree falls on your home? That’s the exact question one of our customers asked himself after the last big storm. Standing in his front yard, looking up at the massive tree that crashed through the side of his house, he was completely at a loss of what to do next. Of course, he made sure everyone was safe, called 911, and then called his insurance company. Their advice was to get the tree off the house immediately. But how do you do that in the middle of the night? The insurance agent suggested to call a company with Emergency Tree Service.
Our customer, who was unaware tree service companies even offered emergency services, was relieved he could get immediate help. Not all tree service companies offer emergency service to residential and commercial properties, but Ping’s Tree Service does. We work around the clock to handle any emergency tree service needed. Our crews are on standby during every storm and are ready to help. We have all the equipment to get your tree down quickly and safely, including a large crane to remove even the most massive tree in our service area. So next time a storm blows through the Indianapolis area, don’t panic. Simply call our office at 317-298-8482. We’re here to help you make sure your property is once again safe after experiencing storm damage.