In arboriculture, it is imperative to be educated on how to anticipate and mitigate the possible threat of storms in advance, as well as how to respond once damage takes place. So many factors go into this, such as knowing of defects or diseases in the trees, or of any weak places that may not be able to handle increased loads and stress. Remember that the tree is working hard to support its own weight against gravity’s strong pull, with the additional weight of precipitation. The structure of a tree needs to be understood similarly to any other structure, or even the human body.
Here are a few things that happen during storms that damage trees:
- Rain / Precipitation: Most sturdy trees can tolerate a typical amount of precipitation. However, unusual conditions place a stressful weight on the branches, trunk, and roots that can lead to failure.
- Wind: Wind places a similar load on trees. As speeds increase, the weight that is on stress points increase drastically which can lead to failure.
- Saturated Soil: Heavy rain can oversaturate soil. This reduces the friction between the roots and soil, and therefore reduces the roots ability to hold onto their sturdy grounding. Combined with the other damaging factors, the entire tree has a greater possibility of failure.
While the damage that can occur during storms (not only to trees, but to the people, places, and things all around them) is frightening—the wonderful thing is that we currently have an expanded knowledge of how to assess and minimize risk both prior to and post storms. It is so important to take these precautions to maximize both the health and safety of the trees, which are exponentially valuable to the world around us, as well as that of the people who live in the areas all around them.
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