The recent onslaught of intense weather patterns such as the “bomb cyclone” that battered the East Coast in March has led to widespread damages. These storm cells brought extreme winds to Baltimore and Adamstown, wreaking havoc on many trees and weakening their structural integrity for future storms. One major concern revolves around the risks of placing heavy environmental stressors on deciduous trees that are yet to blossom. Because of this, our tree removal company has received a large volume of calls concerning downed trees, mainly conifers and evergreens. Additional forces placed on already weakened trees can result in dangerous and costly consequences for Maryland residents everywhere.

Patrick Musser Tree Service is proud to be your team of experienced and certified arborists, delivering comprehensive care for your trees to keep everyone involved happy with the outcome. As Montgomery County’s tree service professionals, we can deliver quality guidance on how to optimize your plantlife. Today, we’ll highlight a few tips that can help you when inspecting your trees after a windstorm. If you’re worried about your branches and roots now, be sure to call our tree care team for help!

Look for Long Vertical Cracks

The strain placed on your tree during a storm can result in vertical cracks that seem to split your trunk. If you find any cracks of this nature, it’s important to contact the professionals right away. Emergency tree removal may be required to ensure that both your property and its inhabitants are safe. Splits in the trunk can cause the entire tree to fall, not just a branch!

Inspect the Roots

Another point of failure is in the root system. You should inspect a roughly 10-foot area around the base of your tree for signs of root trauma. Heavy rainfall and improper tree care can combine to create a big risk for your entire tree when a storm rolls in. If you see any lifting or movement in your roots, we recommend calling a certified arborist immediately. If your roots fail to stay in place, your entire tree can come crashing down, causing serious damages to your home or your loved ones.

Check the Trunk

Beyond cracks, major trauma can be found in your tree if you find open spaces or mushrooms growing in the base. These signs may be indicative of tree death, making it very important to seek out professional assistance immediately for remediation.

Inspect the Branches

Dead or weakened branches are common after a windstorm. If you notice that your branches are cracked, broken, or dying, it’s important to perform proper tree trimming services to optimize the long-term health of your tree. Now would also be a good time to prune if your branches are too thick or crowded too close together. When it’s windy, these areas can face considerable force. Investing in branch control now can save you a lot heartache later on!

If your trees are looking worse for the wear after our recent storms, it’s important to take action to prevent future problems. Patrick Musser Tree Service is here to help, providing comprehensive care for the health of your plants. As Montgomery County’s tree service team, our certified arborists are here and ready to help. Contact us today for assistance!