Natural calamities such as snow, hail, and high-velocity winds can put everything in its path at risk, especially trees. Even more, cleaning up after the storm can even be a bewildering experience. Fortunately, there are times when you can still treat some injured trees and repair them to maintain their health.
In most cases, damages with a tree are only minor, with just a few of its smallest branches get injured. So, there is barely any damage done to the tree. All you need to do is clean up and some light tree pruning to bring back its shape.
However, severe tree damage is a different story. Severe damage often consists of large broken branches and splintering of the trunk. When this happens, most owners would like to know if the tree is still salvageable. That's why you need to take some time and effort to see if there's still a portion of the tree that remains in good condition.
Ensure your safety
When a tree gets heavily damaged, it often gets tangled with down utility lines, making it hazardous to handle them single handedly. So, always treat all lines as if they're still alive. Let your electrical provider know about it so that they can assess the situation. If the area is safe, the first step you need to take is to eliminate the trees or debris that fall on your home or block your access. It would be best to look out for any hanging limbs that could potentially drop on your house.
How to treat a tree
Assuming that the tree is still salvageable, the next step that you need to take is to consider your skills to repair the tree. Unless you have enough experience using particular tools, you need to leave the professional task.
Once they have already assessed the tree, the next step they need to take is to check the extent of the damage. Next, the tree experts will check which branches need to remove where they should do the removal cut. Once they've established the location, they'll remove all the damaged branches at the closes lateral branch to them. It can also be the main stem or the bud, as long as it's not in the middle of a branch.
Treating the wounds
Once the pruning is complete, they will coat the wound with a dressing or any pruning paint. Although these products won't help increase the healing rate, they'll prevent the affected part from drying out.
Properly caring for a tree
Caring for a tree takes a lot of time and effort. So, it's only best to let the tree experts handle the situation to increase the chances of saving it. To reduce tree damage in the future, you always need to think ahead when planning. It's best to avoid trees that are prone to damage or breakage. Also, regularly prune any weakened limbs or thin excess branches to prevent them from falling out. Doing so will help you save the tree from further damage in the future.