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Summer storms are beautiful, but they can cause a lot of damage to your trees and your home.  You can prepare your property for summer storms and protect your home from any unexpected damage by following a few tips.

  1. Prune your branches.  Most damage caused by storms are from heavy winds.  To prevent this, make sure the canopies of your trees are thinned out.  It’s also a good idea to get rid of any branches that are dead, broken, or diseased to make sure that they won’t be blown off by extreme winds.
  2. Save the roots.  Check the roots of your tree to make sure that they are healthy and intact.  Watch out for trees that are leaning, as they can be blown over by rains and heavy winds.  To protect your tree’s roots from damage, put down a layer of mulch. This will regulate the amount of water the tree is getting, and won’t let rain wash away important nutrients your tree needs.
  3. Check for cavities.  Check your tree’s trunk for any holes or cavities that look diseased or weak.  Any weakness in a tree’s trunk could make it more susceptible to being knocked down by extreme weather.
  4. Plant strategically.  When it comes to planting your tree, make sure to place it in a spot far enough away from your home where, once it grows bigger, won’t be such a danger to your property.
  5. Remove anything from under your tree.  Before a big storm hits, pack up anything that may be damaged should a branch fall, like lawn furniture or your car.  
  6. Talk to your neighbors.  Just because a tree isn’t on your property doesn’t mean that it can’t damage your home.  Ask your neighbors to check their trees for any signs of weakness, or recommend an arborist come out and check their trees.
  7. Safety is important.  During a storm, do not go outside to try to repair or save your tree or your property.  That could result in severe injury or even death.
  8. Examine the aftermath.  After the storm, check your tree to make sure it wasn’t harmed.  If a tree or large branches have landed on your vehicle, your roof, or any other large structures, do not try to remove the limbs by yourself.  The same goes for a tree that is tangled in wires, or has large branches dangling that could fall. Contact your local arborist to come out and inspect the damage and remove any trees safely.

With these preparations, your trees should be in good shape to withstand a powerful summer storm.