This week severe thunderstorms ran through the valley and, unfortunately, damaged many trees. To the right are pictures emailed to us from a customer whose two year old Palo Verde was uprooted this past weekend. She, rightly, immediately contacted an arborist and posted her situation on our ask the arborist forum. Unfortunately, our volunteer certified arborist assessed that because the trunk had ripped from the roots, the tree was most likely unsalvageable (sorry!).
Young trees are very susceptible to being uprooted from strong winds. Even if you take all the preventative measures for your trees, damage can still occur. While wind helps strengthen a root system (think resistance training for trees), if roots are still developing the strong pulling can prove too much, too soon.
Many trees, however, that blow over in a storm can often be reset back into place if corrective action is taken. The most important thing is to take action within a few hours of the tree being damaged, such as:
As you prepare for the next thunderstorm (Thursday?), keep these steps in mind and remember that many trees can be saved if you act quickly!
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