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Pruning Trees Can And Will Prevent Storm Damage

Posted on April 11th, 2016

Pruning Trees Can And Will Prevent Storm Damage


Arlington TX trees are not like forest trees. Arlington City trees grow by themselves, usually without other trees competing for sunlight and other resources. Making local Arlington trees less receptive to crowding are usually planted in proper space between each other.

Forest trees in Arlington can have much less dense canopies and thinner branches near the ground because of limited sunlight. And there’s not much damage if a limb or tree falls. You have heard the saying if a tree falls in the forest did it really make any noise?

 (blog.(city)) trees, however, tend to have thicker, heavier canopies that can cause real damage if they fall.

With neighbors still surveying and stifling through the remains of homes destroyed by tornadoes, it may seem a little unapparent to worry about trees.

But more storms — hopefully less severe — will probably come. Inspecting and trimming trees in Arlington now can prevent damage to people, cars and homes, Arborists say.

It’s the tree and the canopy, not the storm

Arborjon, an urban forestry specialist with ((company)), a local tree service company, estimates that 65 percent of tree damage from storms is caused by literally the trees canopy shape and the common weight distribution with the tree rather than the storm itself. People overdo this exact issue and later have terrible disastrous problems from trees falling on their Arlington property.

Problems can stem from poor established limbs, diseased wood from diseases in the tree, poor pruning and inexperienced Arlington tree companies, waterlogged roots from drainage and or yard flooding or co-dominant trunks (when a tree’s trunk is split with two or more stem branches at the base and actually is two trees and appears to be one).

“Bradford pears are probably the main culprit,” Arborjon says. “You look 10 feet or so up the main trunk and see three or four or 7 trunks.”

In high winds or heavy ice and snow in Arlington, the trunks split. It is difficult, if not impossible, to save the tree.

Most often, damaged or not this trees limbs are just waiting to fall.

“You never know if that damaged branch is going to come down in any one event. Why not be a little proactive and remove it?” says Arborjon, Arlington Tree Removal Services.

Recognizing trouble

The easiest way to recognize trouble is to walk around and examine your Arlington trees, however remember that the obvious could not be seen to an untrained eye and a simple inspection of your trees with Arborjon is most suited and is always free. Arborjon goes on to say,

“I always look for signs of stress in a tree.”

One of the most easily spotted trouble signs is called tip dieback — brown twigs at the end of limbs that otherwise have green leaves. This can mean the tree is diseased or nearing the end of its life, Arborjon says. It warrants inspection by a professional.

He also looks for signs of heart rot. A dying tree in Arlington can rot from the inside, leaving a hollow trunk and causes ants and other wood destroying insects to prey and dominate even a small problem and cause a huge issue later..

“Once a tree has heart rot, that becomes a dangerous tree,” he says, adding that it needs to be removed before it falls.

Pruning, Trimming and thinning trees in Arlington

The best defense against tree injury and property destruction in Arlington or even major damage is to see that trees are properly trimmed, Arborjon says.

He sees a lot of stub cuts. This is terrible for trees and should be avoided and not permitted by any tree service in Arlington. Homeowners just reach up and cut anywhere along the limb, he says. This leaves the tree susceptible to disease and additional limb loss. Pruning cuts should instead be made near joints and at the proper angle, most importantly not cutting into the collar and leaving at least 2inches on average of the node. If your tree service company in Arlington does not know what a node is he probably bought a chainsaw and started a tree service without education on proper tree pruning and trimming and will destroy your trees. Although his prices are way more than reasonable he could not care enough to know this simple term and understand the organism he is cutting and should be informed and also watched while trimming your trees, says Arborjon.

Homeowners in Arlington will also thin branches near the tree trunk, hoping to provide enough sun to grow grass. This can leave tufts of leaves near the ends of limbs.

“This is called lion’s tailing,” Arborjon says. The tufts can catch the wind, pulling the limb or tree down. Which is called Wind sailing.

Some trees in Arlington are doomed by where they are planted, he says.

Planting in the mowing strip between the sidewalk and the street gives the trees little room for the roots to expand. Heavy rain saturates the soil, and without a proper large root system, the tree can topple over, Arborjon says.

With a little study, research and even proper care, homeowners can prune trees themselves. But there are times when a professional is needed.


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