Hurricane season is here for the east coast and it's time to get ready for the worst Mother Nature can dish out. To take some of the stress out of hurricane prep, we'll address the culprit of some of the most catastrophic damage during and after hurricanes, and change the way you look at your neighborhood trees.
Tree trimming and pruning are important staples of a lawn maintenance plan, and it's probably already part of your hurricane plan. But trimming, even if done regularly, doesn’t hurricane proof your trees.
While, yes, trees can specially adapt to survive hurricane-force winds and rain, many trees have underlying or unseen issues. This means an otherwise healthy-looking tree could secretly be going through Tree Failure.
Tree Failure is defined as a tree that has sustained structural damage to the trunk, branch, or roots. This damage, though possibly unseen, has catastrophic consequences when paired with hurricane force wind and rain. To get an idea of just how much damage a failed tree can cause, check out this video by The Weather Channel.
While Tree Failure can be difficult to detect, it is not impossible. To do so, we’ll identify the Four Main Tree Defects that can cause failure.
It can be difficult for untrained eyes to recognize defects, but waiting until a hurricane to see which tree fails can have catastrophic results. In 2018, Hurricane Michael dumped nearly 23 million pounds of tree debris across eight counties. That means your failed tree is not only a threat to your community but every community for miles around.
If you want to be sure your community is safe, hire a certified arborist to assess your property before a storm comes. Down To Earth Landscape & Irrigation is a proud member of the International Society of Arboriculture and offers free evaluations by certified tree care specialists.