After a major storm, a community is instantly changed.  Buildings may be damaged or destroyed, power lines down, and trees broken and torn. In the wake of this loss, neighborhoods and entire cities may experience a sense of devastation they have never known before.

“The experiences of many cities whose trees have suffered severe storm damage show us that the situation may not be as bad as it first appears,” says John Rosenow, president of The Arbor Day Foundation, an organization that helps people plant and care for trees. “Trees are amazingly resilient and many recover with proper care and time. Despite the urge to do something immediately, people should try to be patient. As long as there isn’t an immediate physical risk from a damaged tree, my advice is simple: if you’re unsure about its condition, keep the tree for now.” Any damaged tree that is kept needs to be monitored for signs of weakness. You also should not assume that fertilizer will improve the tree’s situation. Again, the best advice is to be patient and see how the tree responds.

“Of course, safety is the first major concern,” Rosenow says. “Everyone should stay away from downed power lines and beware of broken tree limbs that may be ready to fall. Never use pruning equipment near utility
lines.” Downed utility lines should be reported to utility companies or 911 operators.

He adds that citizens’ patience also allows city officials time to organize and respond properly to the situation. After a major storm, city officials, utility workers and private tree care firms must first focus on dealing with hazards to life and property. After that, a major task is removal of debris from the storm, including damaged branches and sometimes entire trees.

Remember, responsibility for streetside trees varies from city to city. The most complete information about street trees in your community, such as publicly owned trees and the city’s responsibilities, can be obtained from your city forester or other appropriate city agencies.


Use a Certified/Qualified Arborist or Tree Care Company

“If a tree is large and the work is off the ground, or if a chainsaw is needed, it’s best to contact a qualified arborist,” Rosenow adds.  “They have the equipment and know how to safely remove broken or downed limbs and to help save and repair trees.” If you need professional help, locate a qualified tree care specialist and check their references.  Contact us here are Gerrein Green Certified Arborist

Do not be pressured by people with chainsaws knocking on your door and offering to remove or “repair” your trees. Unfortunately, storms seem to produce such door-to-door callers, most of whom have no training and
little interest in your trees beyond making a quick buck.

Following are some important tips to consider when hiring a tree contractor:

• Make sure they are part of an established business in the community with a listing in the phone book, usually under “Tree Service.”
• Ask to see current certificates of insurance showing that they are fully insured for property damage, personal liability and workers compensation.
• If possible, get more than one estimate to ensure that the price is competitive with that offered by others for the same services.
• In the case of tree removals, have a clear understanding about who removes the limbs and debris from the property, and whether the price includes stump removal and clean up.

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