During the harsh winter months, rain and snow, freezing temperatures, and heavy winds can produce fierce storms. This is especially true in Eugene, Oregon, where we’ve recently experienced a record ice storm. The intensity of these storms can be especially harmful to trees and problematic to homeowners. Trees that are subjected to winter ice storms may incur injuries and breakage that cause unwanted property damage and harm to people and pets below. That’s why Westcoast Tree Care would like to provide you with the following Eugene tree care guidelines for assessing and dealing with ice storm damage.
Check Your Property for Hazards
Before you do anything else, it’s crucial to inspect your property for any hazards. Look out for power lines that heavy winds, ice, and snow might have brought down. If you find any, keep a safe distance and inform your local power company immediately. Also, be cautious of any broken branches that could fall at any moment. These not only pose a hazardous risk to your home and property but to people and pets as well.
Assessing Tree Storm Damage
When examining your trees for storm damage, start at the base. Look for any signs of cracks, splits, holes, or cavities. Such damage not only weakens a tree but also makes it vulnerable to insects and diseases later on. Additionally, check the root system. If you notice roots protruding above the soil, it might indicate the structural integrity of your tree has become compromised, which may indicate the need for an emergency tree removal.
Furthermore, observe the overall positioning of the tree. A tree leaning significantly to one side or another could indicate instability. If you spot severe injuries to the trunk, roots, or branches, contact the certified arborists at Westcoast Tree Care immediately. Remember that keeping your distance from injured trees is extremely important, as they can be hazardous and fall anytime.
Pruning Defective Branches
Post-storm, it might be necessary to prune trees to remove damaged branches. This step is essential not just for the tree’s safety but also for its future health. Pruning helps prevent decay and protects the tree from diseases and insects. However, emergency pruning is not a DIY task. Instead, it’s best left to the trained professionals at Westcoast Tree Care, who have the proper training and equipment to ensure the job is done safely and effectively.
Removing Ice & Snow from Branches
During the winter, heavy snow and ice can weigh down your trees. However, it’s essential not to shake or knock the snow off. This can cause branches to snap back, potentially leading to harm or breakage. Keep in mind that trees, especially those accustomed to cold climates, are designed to withstand certain amounts of snow and ice. When snow accumulates, the branches naturally bend to accommodate the added weight. If you forcibly remove the snow or ice, you risk breaking branches, which are already under stress. In cases where snow and ice are excessive, it’s best to consult with the certified arborists at Westcoast Tree Care. We can safely assess the situation and use the proper techniques and equipment to remove the snow safely without causing any additional stress or damage to the tree.
Winter Tree Removal
Sometimes, the damage from winter storms is so severe that a tree needs to be removed immediately. This is especially true for trees that pose a dangerous hazard to nearby people and property. Trees that have been partially uprooted or have significant structural damage are hazardous and may be beyond saving. In such cases, prompt removal is necessary. Removing a damaged tree during the winter can be more challenging due to icy conditions and the need for specialized equipment. That’s why it’s essential to hire the professionals at Westcoast Tree Care, who have the expertise and equipment to safely remove a tree without causing additional damage to your property.
How to Save Your Trees During an Ice Storm
- Before the Storm: Prevention is key. At Westcoast Tree Care, we can identify and correct tree defects that make them vulnerable during ice storms.
- During the Storm: There’s little to be done while a winter storm is active. During this time, it’s important to avoid knocking off snow and ice, as this can cause more harm than good.
- After the Storm: Once the ice has melted, it’s time to assess and address any damage. At Westcoast Tree Care, we can prune back any broken limbs to promote healing and reduce the risk of harm or decay.
Eugene Tree Care Services
Winter storms can be challenging, but with the proper care and attention, your trees can remain a safe and beautiful part of your landscape. If you’re unsure how to inspect your trees for storm damage or need professional help, don’t hesitate to contact Westcoast Tree Care by filling out our online form or calling 1.800.767.8733. Our certified arborists can provide a thorough assessment and a no-cost, no-obligation quote to help you understand the extent of any damage and the best course of action to ensure the health and safety of your trees.