Tree First Aid After a Storm
In the aftermath of a major storm, many property owners rush to clean up the mess, but hasty decisions can result in removing trees that could have been saved.
Use our tree hazard checklist to determine if your tree is a hazard. Click here to download.
Don’t Try to Do All the Work Yourself. Hire a Professional Arborist.
- Take safety precautions. Check for downed power lines, dangerous hanging branches, or electrically charged telephone or cable lines. Do not walk under hanging branches. Leave the chainsaw work to the professionals.
- Remove any broken branches still attached to the tree. This is one repair that the homeowner can do without an arborist if the limb is small.
- Repair torn bark. Perform with care and do not expose more of the cambiam (greenish inner bark) than is necessary.
- Resist the urge to over-prune. You will be surprised at how fast trees heal, grow new foliage and return to their natural beauty.
- Don’t top your trees. Arborists will tell you that cutting main branches back to stubs is one of the worst things you can do for your trees.
For more information, contact the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry, the National Arbor Day Foundation, LSUAgCenter.com, the National Arborist Association (NAA), or the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).
TREE TECH of Slidell, LA 985-788-8221 Arborist #1652