Inspect the trees on your property on a regular basis. In preparation for severe weather, look for any dead limbs, or other damage.
Insects and diseases can threaten tree health. As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree’s appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding their causes, you may be able to diagnose the problem and select an appropriate treatment. Damaged trees are especially vulnerable to high winds. Here are some important safety tips that you need to consider:
1. Be sure that dead or broken branches from trees are trimmed. Trees should be trimmed up off the ground and away from roofs to reduce the risk of fire as well.
2. If a tree or tree limb does come down on your property, it best to consult a professional.
3. In addition to your home or business, look for trees that may be threatening nearby power lines.
4. For large urban oaks, hazard reduction pruning is often a necessity. Removal of large dead branches is also necessary.
5. Pruning for vehicular and pedestrian clearance is required for oaks used as street trees. Generally, tree removal is a last resort.
6. Circumstances that suggest removal include when the tree is dead or dying, creates a fire safety concern, considered irreparably hazardous, an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning, or crowding and causing harm to other trees.