Hillsdale Environmental Commission

Natural Resource and Preservation Hillsdale, NJ

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Storm Recovery for Trees

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.

For more information, contact:
Danny Cohn, 402-473-9563dcohn@arborday.org

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.

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Hillsdale Suggested Tree List

Looking to get in one final planting before the hard frosts of December? With nurseries having deep discounts on shrubs and trees it may not be too late if you act now. After all, fall is the best time to plant new trees and shrubs. Check out the Recommended Tree List for suggestions of trees for our area.

Trees need about 6 weeks to get established before the first hard freeze. First hard freeze is defined as 4 continuous hours of 25 degrees or colder. This usually occurs in northern New Jersey mid to late December. So while planting time is running out, it’s not too late to add beauty to your home and helping the environment.

Some reasons to plant trees:

  • An average size tree creates sufficient oxygen in one year to provide oxygen for a family of four.
  • Planting trees in the right place around buildings and homes can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50 percent.
  • Trees cool streets and help conserve water by their shading.
  • Trees help with soil erosion.
  • Trees heal, teach and can be anchors to childhood play.
  • Trees can reduce glare; they block unwanted visuals, sounds, winds and dust.
  • Trees add beauty to your home and display glorious seasonal changes.
  • Planting trees for the environment is good as they are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable.
  • If we plant 20 million trees, the earth will get with 260 million more tons of oxygen.
  • Once acre of trees can remove up to 2.6 tons of Carbon Dioxide each year.
  • During photosynthesis, trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen.
  • Trees keep in check the air and water pollution.
  • Trees are a natural habitat of animals and birds, as well as many endangered species.

Plant this week and you will be thankful not only in the spring, but for many years to come!