By: Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden
Assessing storm damage of trees can be a daunting task. However, what many people do not know is that most trees have their own unique healing abilities, which can take the worry (or necessity) out of any storm damage tree’s repair. Read on for more info on storm damage tree repair.
Tree Bark Damage
While most people begin to panic once there is noticeable tree bark damage, this doesn’t have to be the case. There is still hope for your tree and its overall survival depending on the amount of damage. Most minor damage can be easily fixed by removing injured tree bark. In some cases, as with large split branches or trunks that have not broken off, the tree can be braced.
In many instance, there’s no need to do anything. Trees have a natural defense against wounds and injury. While wounds will always remain on the tree, they will seal up on their own to prevent further decay, forming what is called a callus.
What Do I Put on a Cut Tree Limb?
As trees, for the most part, are able to heal themselves, tree wound sealant and other tree wound dressings are oftentimes not necessary. Tree wound dressings, which are normally petroleum based, do not stop or prevent decay.
Likewise, tree wound sealants and paints are no longer recommended. In fact, tree wound sealants and tree wound dressings may actually interfere with the tree’s natural healing ability, making it difficult to form the life-saving calluses that help prevent decay or disease.
Storm Damage Tree’s Repair
There are typically three kinds of tree damage: branch wounds, trunk wounds and root wounds. Most branch wounds can be easily fixed with pruning. For instance, small trees or those with little damage can usually be taken care of with minor pruning of dead, dying or damaged limbs.
Larger trees, however, may require the advice of trained professionals, especially those with high-reaching limbs. Trees with severe tree bark damage, or trunk damage, may need to be removed.
The same goes for trees having significant root damage. Injured roots can weaken the foundation of trees, requiring prompt removal. Keep in mind that the use of appropriately sided pruning tools is important. That’s why the bigger jobs call for bigger equipment and knowledgeable tree cutters.
Remember, for minor storm damage tree’s repair, light pruning may be all that’s needed to remove branch or tree bark damage. Call in a professional for those more difficult jobs or for advice as to the extent of tree damage if you’re not certain.
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Many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.
Created by Robert Hall on Thursday, 7th of December, 2017 .
Updated on Wednesday, 4th of April, 2018.
I have been working in the garden industry for over 40 years and during that time we've had plenty of bad weather. As a result of the heavy rain and strong winds, both GardenSite.co.uk and my garden centre receive a lot of calls from people regarding insurance claims.
Based on experience this is my guide on how customers should go about preventing damage to their property and, if the worst happens, how to make a claim with their insurance companies.
How to Apply for the Trees & Sidewalks Program
Submit a Service Request for a Trees & Sidewalks Inspection
Visit the NYC Street Tree Map, our tree service request system, or call 311 to request an inspection of your site by the Trees & Sidewalks program.
Before you make a forestry service request, please make sure that you have not previously submitted the same request. The Trees & Sidewalks program only inspects a damaged sidewalk site once every three years.
Check the Status of Your Service Request
Once we receive a Trees & Sidewalk request, a Parks Forester will verify eligibility and then inspect the site. You can view the forester’s inspection results by checking the status of your Service Request by visiting 311 Online or by calling 311.
You can also check the status of your site by visiting the Tree Work Hub.
Sun scald is damage to a tree characterized by sunk spots and dried and cracked dead bark that usually appears on the south and southwest side of a tree. This is due to excessive exposure to the sun. Tree wrap can be placed around the trunk of a tree to prevent further damage of the tree by the sun.
Proper wrapping technique requires removing any soil from the trunk of the tree, at least 2 inches down from ground level. Wrapping should begin as low to the ground as possible, and material should be tied into place. Trees should be wrapped to the first branch using a tight, even method, leaving no bare spots along the trunk. Soil should be replaced once the wrapping is complete.
Handling a complaint like this
You’re under a duty to handle claims promptly and fairly and so it’s really important that you carry out a reasonable and timely investigation.
Remember, if you’re relying on an exclusion then you must show that the exclusion applies.
For example, if you think a flat roof has deteriorated, then you need to provide evidence to support this. Sometimes we see reports where the roof hasn’t been inspected properly and the insurer has relied on an aerial photo. Unless the photo clearly shows deterioration, and this is explained in the report, then we may not be persuaded that you’ve shown the exclusion fairly applies.
Understanding your Inspection Rating
Inspectors evaluate the damage to the sidewalk at each site to provide a rating from 1 to 100 based on the following criteria:
Damage and Vertical Lift
The difference in height between two pieces of concrete lifted or cracked by tree roots. Vertical lift elevates the level of sidewalk joints. Sidewalks that are cracked but not raised will rate lower than those that are lifted and present a greater tripping hazard. For example, lifts less than 1/2 inch will rate lower than lifts of more than two inches.
How much of the sidewalk is impacted by the damage. Narrow sidewalks that are more difficult to navigate around the sidewalk damage will be scored higher than wide ones.
The size and health of the tree or trees. Healthier and larger trees result in higher ratings.
An assessment of the relative amount of pedestrian traffic. Sites with higher pedestrian traffic result in higher ratings.
Number of Damaged Flags
The number of sidewalk flags damaged by tree roots. More damaged flags result in higher ratings.
The number of trees impacting the sidewalk. Sites with more trees will result in higher ratings