With all the snow we’ve been getting in the Treasure Valley, winter is a beautiful time of year. But the more it snows and freezes the result of winter storms may not be so beautiful. Winter storms can be destructive, especially for trees. In fact, broken branches are a common result of ice buildup, and heavy snow. However, hazardous branches are not always noticeable to the untrained eye. That’s why it’s important to have a certified arborist inspect a tree that may have been damaged during a winter storm.
Tree Care For Damaged Trees
It’s common for people to look at the ground when assessing the damage caused to their trees. However, broken tree branches can come crashing down at any minute without warning. When heading outdoors, it’s important to look up and assess any broken branches. If you find large limbs hanging precariously, make sure to call a certified arborist to have them removed. A certified arborist can trim any loose limbs or branches, making a tree stable and safe once again.
While minor infractions can be easily fixed, a tree that is uprooted or knocked down can be much harder to fix. Before you take a chainsaw to a tree, it’s important to call a certified arborist. Trees that have been uprooted or knocked down have an unnatural pattern of pressure points. This can be especially dangerous if you can’t pinpoint where the tension is. Tension in a broken tree can result in a violent reaction when a tree is cut. Since the consequences of this can be deadly, a certified arborist should be called to assess the situation before any attempts to remove a tree is made.
Additionally, it can be difficult to analyze the weight and central points of an uprooted tree. This can be especially dangerous because an uprooted tree can easily shift. While a certified arborist wants to protect any nearby homes or structures, our main concern is the safety of you and your loved ones. It’s simply not worth it to chance your safety trying to clean up a damaged tree after a storm.
Contact a Certified Arborist
With the weather alternating between rain and snow, it’s not uncommon for snow and ice to build up on tree branches, limbs and power lines. Because of this it’s important to practice looking up so that you’re aware of any trees that have been made vulnerable.
Knowing when to call in a certified arborist can be tricky, but it’s important to keep in mind that a damaged tree can be difficult to assess. Don’t take unnecessary risks. An ISA Certified Arborist can assist you in knowing which branches need to be removed. Contact the certified arborists at Mountain West Arbor Care. We can evaluate your trees and assess any winter damage. We will provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation quote of our tree care options available to keep your trees safe, beautiful and healthy. Contact us at 1.800.767.8733