All across the world, people have witnessed the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, resulting in widespread flooding, millions of homes and businesses without power, and tree and property damage throughout the Northeast. As residents of the Gulf Coast, we are also familiar with the destruction a hurricane or strong storm system can cause, but too often we do not take the necessary precautions to minimize the damage to our homes, business and property in the event of a severe weather event.
The best course of action we can take as homeowners or property owners is to have regular tree pruning performed throughout the year. This proactive tree work helps to ensure our trees are a healthy size and shape so that our tree branches are not as susceptible to high winds during a storm. Besides tree trimming that lightens the weight of the tree branches, it is equally as important to have trees pruned away from utility lines, utility poles and nearby homes and structures. A vast amount of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy is a direct result of tree damage from limbs falling on utility lines or homes, or blocking streets and preventing emergency vehicles from passing through.
Another important step in preserving trees and property during a storm is the proactive step of deep root fertilization. Trees that do not have a firmly established root system become victim to severe weather systems and become easily uprooted. However, having regular deep root fertilization performed on your trees promotes root system development and expansion, making your trees better able to withstand high winds and strong storms.
As we have seen with Hurricane Sandy, severe weather can strike even late in the year so it is best to be prepared and properly maintain our trees, which will ultimately protect our homes, businesses and personal safety. For more information on how Embark Services can help you prepare for future storms, request a visit from their Certified Arborists or contact Embark Services directly for more information.