5 Tree Issues to Look for Before a Severe Thunderstorm (and what to do about them)

One of the most common things people don’t think to check for before a storm rolls in are the potential tree issues found on your property. Depending on the placement and number of trees near your home, you could have issues lurking that you never even thought of… until a storm hits and it’s too late.
Most storm damage happens from tree issues that could have been prevented. The following are 5 tree issues to look for to help you assess the health and physical structure of your trees before a storm wreaks havoc on your property.
1. Tree Decay
If you find cracks or cavities in the wood, they are typically a sign of . As time goes on, a could continue to cause issues to its neighboring, already existing, healthy unless it is properly Decaying trees are also more likely to topple or break from storms with high winds.
2. Overhanging or Broken Tree Limbs
Large tree limbs positioned above your home, driveway, or power lines could be hazardous if an intense storm causes the limb to break causing injury and/or damage to property. Tree limbs on your property that may fall on power lines during a storm can be a threatening problem to the whole neighborhood. If you have overhanging tree limbs, it’s highly suggested to get a professional to inspect the tree to prevent storm damage and avoid future costlier problems.
3. Leaning Trees
Be sure to check for any on your property. Whether it leans from previous storms, or grew that way, when a tree leans, the tree roots are more susceptible to continual shifting, causing damage to the tree and potential damage to your property should the tree fall due to future .
4. Dead Tree Wood
Look for tree trunks without bark or tree branches without leaves, as these could be signs of dead wood, and even the weakest of storms could cause trees with dead wood or dead branches to fall at any time. Dead tree wood can be tricky and difficult to spot, but if you have any concerns contact a certified Arborist.
5. Tree Branches Intersecting
Two or more branches that cross each other on the same could cause what is called a ‘weak union.’ The on the can’t hold the branches together, so it is unable to secure itself to the This could also result in weak and falling branches in the event of a storm.
If you detect any of the 5 tree issues above, call a professional tree service company to help assess and rectify the situation before bad weather strikes and causes storm damage to your property. Prevention is the first step in maintaining the health of your trees and the safety of your home, but we can’t always plan for how mother nature behaves (or misbehaves). If you find yourself with fallen trees, broken limbs, or other tree issues after bad weather, call a certified Arborist near you to help clean up your storm damage properly.
Whether it’s for pre-storm prevention or for post-storm tree damage cleanup, the tree specialists here at Ivan’s Tree Service are ready to help you with your tree issues, and even offer 24/7 Emergency storm damage tree services should you ever need it. Contact us at (651).485.6870.