In the aftermath of a storm, we must first take care of tree damage that poses a risk to lives and properties. When the dust settles we must then deal with less severe tree damage caused by these increasingly violent and frequent storms. The Arbor Day Foundation has shared the following information regarding post storm recovery for our trees. Please be sure to visit their page on STORM RECOVERY FOR TREES.
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Arbor Day Foundation Offers Post-Storm Tree Recovery Resources to Homeowners in Wake of Disaster
Lincoln, Neb. (03/12/2018) – In the wake of a storm, the first priority is to protect life, safety and property. But once the emergency response has ended, addressing damage to neighborhood trees becomes central to long-term recovery.
The Arbor Day Foundation offers resources on how to properly assess damage to trees and provide needed care through a comprehensive Storm Recovery Kit. The kit contains both written materials and videos, and broadcast-quality DVDs are available upon request.
The Foundation’s materials address the dual priorities of both responding to present disasters and becoming better prepared for future storms. Key tips include:
- Don’t panic. If a tree is not an immediate hazard, it is usually okay to wait a few weeks or months before making your final decision.
- Seek professionals. To find an arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, visit treesaregood.org/findtreeservices/FindTreeCareService.aspx.
- Watch out for scam artists. After a storm, it is common for people claiming to be tree specialists to show up offering their services.
- Follow best practices. If you decide to care for a damaged tree yourself, be sure to follow proper safety precautions and best practices.
- Prepare trees for future storms. With proper care, severe damage to trees and property can be prevented.
“Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or shopping district, increase property values by up to 18%, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.”
The Foundation suggests hiring professionals to evaluate tree damage but be cautious of people knocking on doors offering to remove or repair your trees. Most of these door-to-door workers lack the proper training and expertise.