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Tree First Aid in the Event of a Storm

Nov 11

Tree First Aid in the Event of a Storm

After a severe storm, the first instinct of property owners is to say "let's clear this mess!" However, many trees are removed because of rash decisions.


If your trees are damaged, the right steps can help save them from being destroyed. These are some easy guidelines for providing Kansas Storm Damage first assistance:


  • You shouldn't attempt to manage everything by yourself. Call a professional arborist if you need to remove large branches or hang them, or for overhead or high-climbing work. They are equipped with the knowledge and equipment required. Their numbers are listed in the phonebook under "Tree Service".

  • You must take precautions to ensure your safety. Always look both up and down. Watch out for dangerously dangling trees and power lines that may be in danger. Avoid any downed or broken electrical wires near power lines. Avoid getting caught or hanging in branches with broken limbs. Chainsaw's work should not be attempted unless you are an expert.

  • Removing any branches that are still damaged from the tree is a good idea. One common repair property owners can do after a storm is to remove any jagged remains of smaller broken limbs. This will help to reduce the possibility of decay agents entering your wound. You should trim smaller branches at the intersection of larger ones. Arborists should remove large branches that have broken down to the trunk and main limb.

  • Repair torn bark. You can smoothen any bark-pulled edges with a chisel, or sharp knife to enhance the tree's appearance. Cambium (the greenish inner bark) should not be exposed more than necessary. This delicate layer holds the tree's food supply and water lifelines between its roots and leaves.

  • Don't over prune. Do not worry if your tree looks a little rough. Without their branches, your trees might appear skewed or unbalanced. They will be amazed at how quickly they recover, grow new leaves, and regain their original beauty.

  • Make sure to trim your trees! Untrained individuals might advise you to cut all branches. However, this could lead to branches breaking during storms. Expert arborists warn that "topping" or cutting main branches back to their stubs is one of the most dangerous things you can do to your trees. Even if storm damage makes it impossible to make precise pruning cuts, this is still a bad idea. Stubs can regrow many weakly connected branches which are more vulnerable to breaking during a storm. Storm damage will cause tree stress, which can make it more difficult for it to recover. A tree that is topped will decrease the number of leaves the tree depends upon for food and nutrition for its regeneration. A tree that is topped after a storm has suffered severe damage is more likely to survive. It will take a while for it to recover, and will probably never be the same tree again.


Cutline: Some branches may become brittle during pruning. This won't happen if you follow these steps:


  • At a distance of about two inches, make a partial cut under the trunk.

  • You can allow the limbs to fall safely by making a second incision at least a few inches beyond the original cut.

  • You can finish the process by making one final cut just outside the branch collar. It is the elevated area surrounding the branch that connects to the trunk.


Tree Trimmers Kansas City

1503 N 5th St, Kansas City, KS 66101, USA

(913) 382 8880