In the Wake of a Storm
Assessing damage and providing needed care to community trees is central to effective long-term disaster recovery.
Here are three tips for the days immediately after a storm:
- If a tree is not a hazard, make sure it receives continued care. It is typically fine to wait a few weeks or months before making a final decision about the fate of the tree.
- Assess the tree's likelihood of survival. A tree with less than half of its branches remaining may not be able to produce enough foliage to remain nourished in the coming seasons.
- If a tree requires immediate attention, hire a qualified arborist. Arborists are especially important when a tree is leaning against wires, structures or other trees, if utility lines or structures are endangered or if a chainsaw is required.