Violent storms often cause extensive damage to trees and even a mild storm may cause some fallen branches or worse. If you live in North East Scotland like ourselves, you will certainly be no stranger to such occurrences but do you have a first aid plan in place for your trees? Do you know what to do in order to give your trees the best possible chance of surviving damage inflicted by driving rain and strong winds in a particularly savage storm? If not, today’s guide on how to repair tree damage could be just what you have been looking for. Below, we cover all the basics that you need to know, including some top tips from our team of arboricultural experts.
How to Repair Tree Damage: a Guide for Beginners
Before we get into details, we would like to ensure that you do not compromise your safety or that of any other people in the area when trying to give first aid to storm damaged trees. With this in mind, we urge you never to attempt any procedures with which you are not familiar and never to approach a tree that looks in danger of falling at any moment. Having said that, here are some very useful things you can do that may help to save your trees after a violent storm:
- Take Your Time – It can be very tempting to rush out and start clearing up straight away when faced with the aftermath of a powerful storm but we recommend being patient and taking your time. Some trees may look in a much worse state than they really are.
- Assess Each Tree From a Distance Before Approaching – Before going near any damaged trees, take a minute to assess them from a distance, to make sure there are no broken branches that could fall at any moment, or any other similarly dangerous hazards.
- Inspect Each Tree Close Up, if It Is Safe to Do So – Inspect all safe trees to find out exactly what damage each specimen has sustained and make a note of everything you see.
- Only Deal With Well Established Local Professionals – If you need help removing or treating your trees, stick to qualified and experienced local experts. Avoid any firms that come knocking door to door in your area.
- Prune Broken Branches of Trees That Can Be Saved – If there are any broken branches on trees you think can be saved, either prune them yourself or hire a local tree surgeon to do it for you.
- Arrange for the Felling or Removal of Trees That Are Too Severely Damaged – Even an expert on damaged trees cannot save every specimen. Arrange to have any trees that are beyond repair to be felled and removed by arboricultural specialists in your area.
If you would like our professional opinion or assistance after a fierce storm, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or to send us a message via email.
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