With a March snow storm upon us, once the storm is over and the sun is out, you will want to go outside and check for damage to your property and your trees. Trees can suffer severe damage and stress from snow, ice, and wind storms.
Take a walk around your yard and start inspecting those trees for damage. First look down around the ground. Make sure there aren’t any power lines that are lying on the ground. If so, DO NOT go near it! Call your utility company immediately! Next, look up at your trees. Check to see if there are power lines that are hanging in the tree or if a branch is lying on a power line. If so, again, DO NOT attempt to remove the branch yourself. Call your utility company! If you see that your tree is split or if there are any large limbs that are broken and resting on another part of the tree, you might want to consider calling a tree care specialist to remove the tree or limb.
An expert tree service company in Maryland, is a tree specialist who can let you know if a tree that has suffered bark damage can be saved or not. The age of the tree, was it a healthy tree prior to the storm, does it bring value to your property, or is it a tree that you just can’t depart with? These are things that you need to consider before taking the tree down. The tree expert will carefully inspect your tree and save the tree if at all possible. If the tree is likely to suffer more damage or become a hazard after the next storm, he may recommend having the tree removed. If the tree needs to be cut down then it’s advisable to do it right away to prevent diseases and pest infestation that could affect nearby vegetation. You will also be held responsible if the damaged tree or limb falls and hurts someone or destroys your neighbor’s property.
After the decision has been made that the tree will survive it’s time to repair the damage. Smaller broken branches and limbs just need to be pruned and thinned out to restore the tree to its natural beauty and shape. Save the wood to burn or take it to your local recycling center. Check with them first to see if they take yard debris and what the requirements are. If the tree has torn branches or bark then this will have to be repaired before diseases and pest infestations take over. Smoothing out the rough edges of torn bark will help the prevent insects from making a new home in there. A healthy tree that has suffered only minor damage will most likely recover and repair itself.
If you have any questions or doubts about the severity of damage it is recommended that you contact a reputable tree care specialist. Also, if you are looking to see if a company is properly licensed in Maryland, you can go here to find out.