When the storm is over and lives are safe, it's time to take care of your trees. Remember these rules:
- Don't panic.
- Seek professional help.
- Evaluate each tree individually.
Though major limbs may be broken or damaged, frequently the tree looks worse than it really is.
If a tree appears to be a borderline case, don't simply cut it down. It's best to give the tree a chance. Learn More
Tree Recovery Tips
Here are important tips for handling trees on your own property:
- Don't Panic. If a tree is not an immediate hazard, it is usually fine to wait a few weeks or months before making your final decision. Learn more about what to do in the wake of a storm.
- Watch out for scam artists. After a storm, it is common for people claiming to be tree specialists to show up offering their services. Learn more.
- Seek professionals. Find an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.
- Follow best practices. If you decide to care for a damaged tree yourself, be sure to follow proper safety precautions and best practices. Learn more about tree first aid.
- Prepare trees for future storms. With proper care, much of the worst damage to trees and property can be prevented. Learn more about reducing damage from storms.
- Remember the importance of community forestry. Read chief executive John Rosenow's op-ed about urban forest benefits.
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