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How To Protect Your Trees From Severe Weather

A person only needs to be in Houston a short period of time to discover that the city’s weather can change in an instant, from hot and humid to cool and dry in just a matter of minutes. In addition to frequent weather changes, Houston is also vulnerable to drought, hurricanes, tropical storms, and other severe weather conditions. With a hurricane season that runs through November 30th, Houstonians have several more months of watching the tropics for signs of approaching severe weather.

Although people can take steps to prepare and protect themselves from severe weather events, trees have no way to protect themselves from weather disasters. It is imperative that tree owners take proactive steps to protect their valuable trees from severe weather to ensure their health, stability, and longevity. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at three ways residential property owners can protect their trees from severe weather conditions that strike the greater Houston area.

Strategic Pruning

One of the best steps a property owner can take to protect trees from severe weather conditions is to get regular tree pruning. Strategic tree pruning can significantly reduce overall tree damage and property damage from overgrown tree limbs and branches. Even if trees are not pruned on a regular basis, getting them pruned before a major hurricane or tropical storm hits can help reduce flying tree debris when strong winds or heavy precipitation hit.

Cabling and Bracing

Another proactive step for tree protection from severe weather conditions comes with cabling and bracing. This is a form of structural support that utilizes rods and cables to secure healthy trees that have structural weaknesses or slight damages that compromise their stability. By securing trees on residential properties with cabling and bracing, this can help save trees from toppling over and landing on nearby people or structures. Cabling and bracing can benefit trees during emergency storm conditions such as hurricanes, windstorms, and flash floods.

Lightning Protection

Although less common, lightning protection services are another way to help preserve the health, beauty, and longevity of a valuable shade tree on a residential property. Lightning protection services protect trees by diffusing the electrical surge between the ground and storm clouds. A properly installed lightning protection system prevents the tree from sustaining a direct lightning strike, and will instead cause the electricity to pass harmlessly to the ground and not impact the root system.

If your residential property has trees worth protecting from severe weather conditions or strong winds, Embark Services can help with safe, efficient, and top-quality tree care services. Embark Services’s team of Certified Arborists perform a full range of tree care services, including Tree Pruning, Cabling and Bracing, Lightning Protection Services, Tree Planting, Tree Removal, Deep Root Fertilization, Tree Structure Evaluation, and Emergency Storm Response Services. Go online to request a free consultation or call today for more information about our outstanding tree care services.