Emergency Storm Damage to Trees
During the spring and fall, heavy, wet snowstorms can put weight and stress on fully-leafed trees causing breakage. Falling branches can damage commercial and personal property and create access and liability issues.
Additionally, severe storms accommodated by hail are common in Colorado. After checking our vehicles for dings and making sure our homes aren’t damaged, we usually look at the leaves and tree debris covering the lawn and ask ourselves, “What’s happened to my trees; should I be concerned?” The short answer is, probably not.
Hail damage alone typically does not affect the long-term health of trees or shrubs. It can compromise the plant’s ability to produce energy, consequently stressing the plant. Hail damage strips leaves that make sugar (energy) for the tree. Producing new leaves uses stored energy, which is added stress on the tree, leaving them more vulnerable to pests and poor environmental conditions.
Hail damages twigs and branches causing hundreds of small wounds on the tree. Trees such as honeylocust and poplars may also develop small cankers where the branches were damaged. These wounds disrupt water flow and opens wounds for disease. Trees and shrubs will repair themselves, but this takes energy and time.
If downed branches or trees are inhibiting ingress and egress at your commercial property or if weakened branches or tree trunks threaten to fall and create issues, please contact us immediately for a free quote.
Commercial storm damage can include broken limbs, structural fractures and stress cracks. Often, young trees can be damaged beyond repair.