Assessing Storm Damage Risks and Tree Care Solutions

June 19, 2023
Sunny Crutchfield


Storm Damage

In this video, we’ll be examining the aftermath of last night’s storm damage on a majestic red oak tree. ISA Certified Arborist Wesley Rivers takes us through the scene, showcasing the impact of the storm on the tree.

Behind ISA Certified Arborist Wesley, we see a large branch, approximately 12 inches in diameter, resting on the roof of a nearby garage. Another branch, about 10 inches in diameter, lies on the ground beside him. Wesley explains that the top branch broke off during the storm, causing a domino effect, as it took down the branch beneath it.

Drawing our attention to the broken branch, Wesley highlights the decay present on its end. He explains that the decay entered through an old pruning cut that failed to heal over time, leading to weakened wood and an increased likelihood of failure. The discoloration serves as evidence of this decay.

Moving on, Wesley points out another defective branch. The top of this branch also exhibits discoloration, indicating an old pruning cut that didn’t properly heal. He explains that the removal of this branch resulted in sunscald, visible as a light gray area on the limb resting on the roof.

Wesley then demonstrates an overextended branch, emphasizing its length and weight concentrated at the end. He explains that the greater the branch length and weight, the more strain it places on the attachment point. In this case, the weakened attachment failed, leaving a broken stub.

To mitigate such risks, Wesley suggests various measures. Structural pruning, end weight reduction, and the removal of defective branches are some of the solutions he recommends. By implementing these techniques, the risk of branch failure can be significantly reduced.

Wesley invites viewers to visit TreeNewal’s website or contact them directly for a consultation with one of their ISA certified arborists. Their team is ready to provide expert assistance and help ensure the health and safety of your trees.

Discover these additional TreeNewal resources about lightning!

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Proper Pruning, Specialty Pruning (Espalier & Pollarding), and Lightning Protection

Tree Emergencies: What Qualifies and How to Respond

Interested in Dallas Tree Care Services? Get In Touch with a TreeNewal ISA Certified Arborist today.

Are you looking for a sustainable Dallas-Fort Worth tree care company that prioritizes the health and longevity of your North Texas trees and landscapes? Look no further than TreeNewal, your trusted partner in tree care.

Our team of ISA Certified Arborists is dedicated to providing comprehensive tree services that ensure the vitality of your trees. From maintaining and reviving newly planted and established trees to diagnosing and treating tree diseases, fungi, and pests, we have you covered. At TreeNewal, we specialize in providing proper tree diagnosis and offering tailored maintenance and treatment plans to keep your trees thriving. Our team of experts actively applies top-quality fertilizer and soil conditioning products to enhance tree health from the roots up.

At TreeNewal, we specialize in tree diagnosis, maintenance, and treatment plans to keep your trees thriving. Our experts use top-quality fertilizer and soil conditioning products to enhance tree health from the roots up.

We understand the harmful effects of improper planting practices, so we employ techniques like air spading, root collar excavation, and vertical mulching to improve tree longevity. Our goal is to create sustainable landscapes that last.

We also offer tree surveys and mitigation services to help homeowners, developers, and commercial clients meet local tree preservation requirements while preserving the natural beauty of their surroundings.

Call TreeNewal today to schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable team. Let us be your trusted partners in preserving the beauty and longevity of your trees.

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