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.
Is the tree a Keeper?
Though major limbs may be broken or damaged, frequently the tree looks worse than it really is.
Worth the Wait?
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
Time to Say Goodbye?
Some trees simply can’t be saved or are not worth saving.
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 founder John Rosenow’s op-ed about urban forest benefits.
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