During the monsoon season, it isn’t uncommon for trees to become damaged by heavy wind and rain. When you have a damaged tree, it’s important to take care of it as soon as possible, both for the health and longevity of the tree and for safety reasons.
Assess the Damage
Before making any big decisions on how to prune or remove a damaged tree, you should properly assess the damage. You may need to contact a certified arborist or experienced landscaper to get an accurate picture. If the tree can be saved, they will know how to do so.
Remove Broken Branches
If the tree can be saved, you should first remove any broken branches. Don’t grab an axe or chainsaw—this process is delicate and should be performed carefully and deliberately. Use pruning shears for branches smaller than 3 inches in diameter, and a handsaw for larger ones. Many homeowners appreciate having the help of a landscaper or tree service for this part of the process.
Remove Torn Bark
Torn bark can happen in high winds or if a tree has been struck by lightning. Trim loose bark away, but don’t cut into the tree itself.
Wounds on trees will not heal on their own and must be sealed. Once all broken branches are pruned and bark is trimmed, you can use wound dressing or pruning paint to seal the tree’s wounds.
If a large tree has become uprooted, you will likely have to call a tree service or landscaper to have it professionally removed. A smaller tree whose roots are still in the soil can be replanted and supported with guy wires or cables.
If you’re not sure if your tree can be saved after storm damage, our tree experts at Complete Landscaping can help. We have highly experienced, certified arborists on staff who can provide quality tree services and determine how to best save a damaged tree. For more information or a free estimate, call us today at (520) 323-8918 or contact us online.