Storm and Hurricane Preparedness for Trees

Not just for Scouts --- Be prepared!!!

We are fortunate to live in the beautiful state of Florida; however, we also live with the ever-present potential of being impacted by strong storms, including hurricanes. One important preventative measure you can take to ensure your safety as well as that of your property is to maintain your trees properly. 
Having your trees pruned on a regular basis is a proactive measure you can take to help protect them from storms. The goal is to achieve a healthy and strong structure with an open canopy. This allows air to flow through the branches freely and in some instances the tree can actually protect the house itself by serving as a buffer.
Our certified arborists at ArborWorks Tree Care & Removal in Tallahassee can assess the condition of your trees and then suggest the best course of action to take. We will then do the necessary work to bring your trees to optimal condition so when that storm does occur your trees will be ready.

There are certain trees that are especially prone to causing damage during a hurricane. For example:

  • Laurel Oak trees that are over 40 years old are susceptible to damage by the wind.
  • Mahogany trees which can reach heights of 70 feet have brittle wood. As a result their branches can break off even when the wind isn’t very strong.
  • Tabebuia trees can be blown down by winds of 25 mph.
  • Queen Palm trees break at the trunk and/or can be pulled out of the ground including roots due to high winds. 
  • Australian Pines can fall down during a storm due to their shallow root system.  
  • Ficus trees also have a shallow root system with large root balls. Along with this and a thick canopy, making these trees, are prone to falling in winds of 60 mph. 
  • Any fast-growing tree is more likely to sustain damage in a storm than one that grows slowly.
In addition to these trees, any trees that are dead or dying, have thick canopies, are young, or have co-dominant trunks should be assessed to determine how to make them safe. It is also possible that winds that are 35 mph or higher can damage any tree.
ArborWorks Tree Care & Removal wants to support you in your efforts to making your property the safest it can be. The following suggestions are additional ways to prepare.
  1. You can actually begin the process when you choose a tree. Trees, except for palms, should be planted at least 25 feet from the house. After the tree is planted, regular maintenance including fertilizing, watering, and pruning is essential. 
  2. Check the tree on a regular basis.  Remove any dead wood, as well as broken or crowded branches. 
  3. If a storm blows over young or newly planted trees, try to straighten them as soon as possible without damaging the roots. Slow release fertilizer can be put on to promote new growth.
  4. Read your homeowner’s insurance policy to see what type of coverage you have regarding trees.
Our staff at ArborWorks Tree Care & Removal wants to work with you before a storm strikes to ensure that your trees are properly cared for and as healthy as possible. Call us at 850-228-6738 to schedule a time for us to come out.