Written by Steve Trusty and published on https://allied4restoration.com/.

Heavy snow, freezing rain, lightning, high winds, or a combination of any of these severe weather outbreaks can stress your trees – from their root systems all the way to their branches and leaves. Proper tree maintenance can reduce damage to your trees and property, maximizing your safety.

It’s a simple fact: healthy landscape trees endure storms better than unhealthy trees. There are three factors that come into play when you’re preparing your trees for high winds and severe weather: the density of the tree canopy, the strength of the branches, and the health of the root system.

Storm Coming? What You Need to Know To Prepare Your Trees (And Save Your Home from Damage)

No matter the season—winter, spring, summer, or fall—the weather is growing unseasonably unpredictable. In this current climate, taking certain precautions and safety measures into account is an important element in being a homeowner.

In preparation for a big storm, most families will assess their checklist: Do they have extra food? A backup generator? Are smartphones and devices charged? Have batteries been bought? Is there enough water for everyone? Oftentimes, the state of the trees surrounding the home isn’t even a thought.

Toppling trees can cause serious damage, especially when gusts of wind can reach up to 70 miles per hour. When large trees uprooted, there’s not much that could have been done, but dead branches and unstable limbs can be attended to before a storm hits.

What You Need to Know To Prepare Your Trees

Take the time to maintain the trees surrounding your home.

Happy and healthy trees are the trees that are capable of withstanding strong storms. Brittle, damaged, and prone to disease trees are the same ones that will be whipping down your street when the winds get rough. If you’re not sure where to begin, schedule an annual tree trimming with a certified arborist.

Care for the tree’s root system.

For storm prep, it’s not just the branches you need to be concerned about. Tree roots can support a tree even if the wind and elements are severe. Avoid construction projects near trees, and avoid damaging tree roots when you mow the lawn.

Keep power lines clear of trees.

Ensure that tree limbs aren’t near power lines. If a tree blows into a power line during a storm, the situation can become dangerous.

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