Cleaning up Winter Storm Damage to Trees

Cleaning up Winter Storm Damage to Trees

Cleaning up Winter Storm Damage to Trees

Winter storms in Michigan can be destructive, especially for trees. The last storm was so wet and heavy that even well-maintained and properly pruned trees and shrubs suffered substantial damage. Unlike a person, when a tree is injured or damaged, it cannot heal its wounds. Instead trees react to injury by sealing off damaged areas. When a tree is wounded, whether by breakage in a storm or insect activity, it creates boundaries around the wound in order to stop the spread of disease and decay, and then continues to grow.

Is the condition of the tree such that keeping it is worthwhile? Our tree experts can recommend whether removal or restructuring is necessary. If minor damage has been suffered, we suggest pruning off the broken branches with clean cuts then sealing the cut with a tree pruning sealer such as Tanglefoot Tree Pruning Paint. This will prevent insects and disease next spring.

If the tree has suffered major damage, you may need additional help. Call our tree experts today if you need an assessment. We will provide you with a quote to remove the damaged tree, stack it or haul it away for you.

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