We got some wicked weather over the holiday that may have done more than just water your lawn. If you have trees on your property you may have looked out the window to see if the tree has given up and laid down in defeat. Of course, no tree is permanently defeated - sometimes it just needs a trim. We're no strangers to the wind and rain here in San Diego. It's important to regularly review your property before and after storms to find out if you're at risk for having an unwelcome visitor in your living room, like a tree:
Rain and wind are in the forecast over the holiday weekend and that may pose a serious threat to trees in your yard.
“The fact is that trees might be stressed due to low water and the root system isn't as sturdy,” said Fausto Palafox, the owner of Mission Hills Nursery. “If we do get a severe wind, it could knock them over.”
There are signs you can check for: First, look at the ground. If you see cracks or shifting, that could be a potential sign that the wind is uprooting the tree. Second, check to see if your trees are upright. If any lean, you may have problems.
“You should do some preventative maintenance and get a professional tree-trimmer to come out and prune out the tree and take the sail out of it," Palafox said.
He described trees branches like sails on a ship. The more branches, the more wind they pick up. Also, the more likely they will break or fall over.
On Saturday, forecasts show winds speeds as high as 35 miles per hour in San Diego.
Now if you don’t have time, have trouble trees trimmed by the time this storm strikes. Palafox said you can stake your trees to the ground with rope as a temporary way to brave the rain.
While the storm may have passed there's no denying that there is some sound advice in the article above. These are tips you should always keep in mind as general maintenance: storm or no storm. This is the time to be cautious and pay attention to the state of your home and yard. For those who live on large pieces of property you may want to make going for a perimeter-walk a weekly thing. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not happening. If you need help with your trimming, we've got you covered: http://www.allcleartree.com/trimming.
We can't help but wonder though: when trees fall in a forest and no one is around, do they really make a sound?
The following blog article Holiday Cleanup: How Are Your Trees? was initially published to ACTS Blog