Storm Damage in the UK
With our particular area of the UK getting back to speed now after some pretty severe weather, we’re all hands on deck fixing storm-damaged trees and making them safe again. In heavy weather like high winds and lashing rain, most of the damage to trees occurs when limbs split, making them unsafe and liable to damage property when they eventually fall.
High winds and saturated soil conditions can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. And the case of really severe weather, the weight of ice and snow accumulation can be equally damaging. This, coupled with trees that are now more brittle due to them being in a dormant state, can result in failure of branches and entire trees.
Certainly a worry for homeowners, which is why we recommend pre-storm strategies to identify potentially hazardous branches and limbs and help reduce the risk of damage before stormy weather occurs.
What to do after a storm
Post stormy weather inspections are very important, and in many cases, damage and hazardous tree limbs are not always obvious, especially to the untrained eye. Attempting to correct them without the specialist equipment and skills of a fully trained tree surgeon can be hazardous work and is something we would urge the general public not to attempt. A certified tree surgeon can inspect for damage as well as issues that could predispose trees to failure.
Based on what is uncovered, appropriate action and treatment can be undertaken which can help trees endure severe weather events. When there is an issue with the tree’s structure, installation of cables or braces can strengthen the tree’s ability to withstand high winds.
Thinning a tree canopy for safety
Thinning a tree canopy is also one of the most important tasks to be undertaken. By removing unwanted, dead or hanging branches we create a tree canopy that allows wind to pass through it, which in turn reduces the stresses on the trunk and supporting structure of the tree. Depending on species, thinning a tree canopy is something that should be considered on a yearly basis. Especially if the tree is close to buildings or power cables.
As a tree surgery and maintenance specialist we never recommend the removal of a tree without reason. Trees provide beauty and add immense value to your property and the environment so removal should only be considered where high-risk conditions exist that cannot be effectively mitigated.
Even if you routinely care for your trees, when a severe storm hits, be sure to have a member of the Longacre Tree Surgery team review your trees for any issues resulting from weather damage.