It's that time of year when we take a look around at the damage the trees on our acreage may have suffered at the hands of the winter snows or spring storms. Take a walk around your property and access the condition of your trees and large shrubs. If you see any leaning trees or loosely attached branches they should be removed as soon as possible as they are a considerable safety hazard. Broken, but firmly attached branches can be pruned whenever it is convenient. If you have power lines bordering your property, branches hanging over them are also a major safety hazard and should only be removed by OPPD or an arborist that has been trained in electrical line clearance.
If a tree is leaning but is young, you may be able to save it. Be sure to water the tree twice a week and keep the area covered with 2-4" of wood chip mulch. Stake the tree for the first year following the damage but be sure to use only a broad strap of material that is at least 1' wide and relocate the strap weekly to prevent injury to the tree. Avoid over fertilizing trees. It will cause them to grow too quickly and they will not have a properly developed root system. It may make them more susceptible to insects and disease.
Since our winter has been so mild, it is doubtful there is much damage from snow. However, tornado season is upon us. Hopefully, you will escape any major damage but if you do, and you need professional help, give us a call. We have worked with some very affordable tree services and would be happy to share their contact information with you.