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What To Do After a Winter Storm Damages Your Tree

As the seasons change and winter storms sweep through Adelaide, many of us prepare for cosy indoor activities and quality family time. However, while we stay warm inside, our trees endure the harsh elements. Winter storms in Adelaide can be particularly severe, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall that can cause significant damage to trees on your property. If your trees have been affected by a storm, it’s essential to take immediate action to ensure their health and safety.

Assessing the Damage

After a storm, the first step is to assess the extent of the damage to your trees. Strong winds and heavy rain can break branches, strip bark and even uproot them. So when you inspect your trees, look for broken branches that are partially hanging or snapped off, although be aware as these can be dangerous, posing a risk of falling unexpectedly. Torn bark is another critical issue to check for, as it exposes the inner layers of the tree, making it vulnerable to pests and diseases. Additionally, examine the trunk and major limbs for any structural cracks that could weaken the tree further. Lastly, if the ground is saturated from heavy rainfall, check if any trees have been uprooted or if their roots appear lifted from the soil.

Immediate Safety Precautions

Before you begin anything, ensure the area is safe for you and your family. Damaged trees can be hazardous, and it’s crucial to take necessary precautions. Avoid any trees that are in contact with power lines, as this poses a severe risk of electric shock and look for broken branches that may be caught in the upper limbs of the tree, as these can fall without warning. Also, be mindful of any tripping hazards hidden in the debris around the tree. Of course, if you are uncertain about the safety of a damaged tree, it’s best to wait for professional assistance, like our professional arborist as we have the expertise to handle such situations safely and efficiently.


DIY Storm Repair Steps

While waiting for professional help, there are a few steps you can take to start the recovery process for your trees. Pruning broken branches is an essential first step. For minor damage, pruning can prevent further injury to the tree and aid in its recovery. When pruning, make cuts above the bulge found below the branch joint to minimize the tree’s recovery time. However, be cautious not to over prune, as removing too many branches can stress the tree.

In addition to pruning, addressing torn bark is crucial as this can leave your tree susceptible to pests and diseases. Use a sharp knife or chisel to trim the jagged edges of the torn bark, tidying up the wound and reducing the risk of infection. Remember that less is more when it comes to removing bark and only trim what is necessary to smooth out the edges.

When to Call a Professional

For significant damage, it’s always essential to contact a professional arborist as they are trained to handle extensive tree damage and provide the necessary care to help your trees recover. Professional services include detailed assessments to determine the health and stability of your trees, advanced pruning techniques that promote healing and prevent further damage, safe removal of trees that pose a risk to your property or safety, and efficient stump grinding to prevent regrowth and clear your landscape.

Post-Storm Tree Care

Winter storms can leave a trail of destruction, but with prompt and proper care, your trees can recover and we are always here to help with expert advice and services tailored to your needs. Whether it’s routine maintenance or emergency storm response, our team is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of your trees.