October 12, 2017 6:36 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Because they’re exposed to the elements year-round, the trees in your yard can certainly take a beating. However, all it takes is one harsh storm to break branches, expose roots and crack trunks. Extreme weather can make your trees dangerous and may prompt you to call a professional arborist for dangerous tree removal.

To determine if this is necessary, though, there are a few steps you should take to inspect your trees and know the signs of damage. After the storm clears, go outside to check on your trees and follow these tips to help prevent further damage and keep you and your family safe.

Initial inspection

Take a walk around your tree, looking for signs of damage or potential danger. Pay special attention to things such as hanging or broken branches, a broken or uneven tree canopy and if the tree is leaning.

Check the trunk of the tree for any large cracks or holes, or see if the tree trunk is split. Also check the base of the tree to see if the soil is heaving or if the roots are exposed.

The most obvious problem would be if your tree was uprooted or toppled over. If the tree is not completely out of the ground and is leaning dangerously in any direction, do not go near it. Instead, call a professional for dangerous tree removal.


We recommend that you call a professional arborist to handle any of the problems we mentioned above and give your tree the best chance at survival after storm damage. Here are some of the things the arborist might do, depending on the type and level of damage:

  • Broken branches: The arborist will likely remove the broken or split branches from your tree and prune larger branches back to the point where they join another tree limb.
  • Damaged canopy: If the canopy, or top section of the tree, is damaged, the arborist will assess how much of the top is still intact. A damaged crown or canopy can be fatal for the tree, but if there is more than 50 percent undamaged, the tree will likely survive.
  • Splits and gashes: If there is a very large split in your tree’s trunk, it may need to be removed entirely because that kind of damage is difficult to heal, and makes an ideal home for pests. Smaller splits or wounds in the trunk or branches may be able to be smoothed and healed.

Some damage cannot be undone, though, and your tree may have to be removed. Trees that are uprooted or leaning severely to one side can pose extreme dangers to you and your family and should probably be removed. Other major problems like extremely damaged canopies and split trunks can warrant removal, as well. Speak with a professional for advice on what to do with your tree.

If you have a damaged tree that needs to be removed from your yard, call Allan’s Tree Service for all of your tree care needs. For 15 years we’ve been your local experts in full-service tree care, including planting, maintenance and dangerous tree removal. Call us today for a free estimate!

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