Storm Damaged Tree Cincinnati, OH
When a tree is damaged by winds, ice or other extreme weather, it is best to have it evaluated as soon as possible. There is visible damage, but there also can be damage that you can't see or don't know to check. We know how to inspect and identify all injuries to the tree. We also know how to treat the tree today to prevent problems in the future. Many times what appears to a hopeless case can be returned to a healthy and thriving plant.
When there are high winds even though your trees don't look damaged they can be stressed and cause problems later. A quick inspection can often prevent those future problems and costs. If during the storm you think "I hope a limb doesn't fall" then you should call us and have it professionally inspected.
Split or broken trunk
The first and most severe damage occurs when the main stem or trunk of the injured tree splits or is broken. Larger, mature trees are most susceptible to this type of the damage. Past tree injuries and pest problems often predispose the tree to storm damage by weakening the wood structure. Trees do not heal wounds. Trees can only grow over old wounds and seal them off. Wounds are structurally weaker than solid wood. Generally, if a tree has lost more than 50 percent of its crown, the probability of future survival is poor.
Bending from ice
A second damage category is bending of young trees that occurs in ice storms or in heavy snows. The recovery of a tree to an upright position will depend on the degree of bending and the length of time the tree has remained in the bent condition. Trees bent near or past horizontal will probably not recover and should be replaced. Individual tops, or even entire trees, can sometimes be staked and tied to hasten recovery. However, the results are usually mixed. Some trees recover and others will not.
Blown over roots exposed
A third damage category is blow-over of trees. Often trees that blow over have root failure from a disease (root rot), from shallow soils or those with shallow hard