Wind Storms and Trees: Identify Vulnerability in Trees

Wind Storms and Trees: Identify Vulnerability in Trees

  • 11/21/2016

Wind Storms and Trees: 3 Ways to Identify Vulnerability in Trees

Wind can be very unpredictable and it can split, crack and even uproot your tree trunks, branches and limbs. To protect your trees, your home and your family, the most important thing that you can do is be able to identify trees that are susceptible to wind damage. This will allow you to take appropriate measures to prevent wind damage from occurring in the first place.

  • Root Rot – When a tree has root rot, it means that the tree’s foundation is not solid. Therefore, during high winds, there is a risk that the tree could tip over and uproot in the process. In order to prevent root rot from being an issue when a wind storm comes through, you need to look for signs of decay on or around your trees. This could be in the form of insect damage, cavities as well as mushrooms around the base of the tree.
  • Excessive End Weight – When a tree has excessive end weight, it means that the tree has limbs have horizontally end out and are fighting for wind loads and gravity. Unfortunately, this results in the limbs to be more vulnerable to breaking down and overall failure during a wind storm. These types of limbs should be pruned back to a sturdy lateral branch, or to the trunk, if it is necessary.
  • Poor Branch Structure – When a tree has poor branch structure, it means that a tree has two weak branches of the same size, which originate from the same union, that are vulnerable to splitting or breaking at the union in a strong wind storm. Therefore, one of the two branches needs to be cut back or completely removed. When this isn’t an option, a cable system should be fastened to hold the two branches together so that a wind storm cannot separate them.

Root rot, excessive end weight and poor branch structure are just three of the things that can put your tree at risk of failure during a wind storm. Precision Enterprise is well-versed in fully examining the structure of trees. Please contact us today if you would like to receive an estimate for tree removal, pruning or anything else.