Hurricanes are some of the most devastating natural disasters. They can cause massive damage to buildings, infrastructure, and property, but they also have another effect: They can uproot trees and cause them to fall over, causing even more damage and bodily harm.
In this article, you’ll learn about a hurricane’s effect on trees and how you can protect your home from damage caused by these natural disasters.
1. What Happens to a Tree When a Hurricane Hits It?
There are many ways that a hurricane can affect a tree.
- wind can damage a tree, causing the trunk to split or break off. This usually happens during high winds, which cause the trunk to bend until it snaps.
- a tree may fall over if its roots have been uprooted by the force of strong winds or flooding from rainwater.
2. How Much Wind Can a Tree Withstand?
Trees can sustain three types of damage from strong winds: broken branches, uprooted trees, and falling trees.
- broken branches: A strong gust of wind can break off many of its branches even if it doesn’t cause the tree to fall. If you have a young or small tree that a hurricane has damaged on your property, you may consider removing these broken limbs so they don’t get caught in clothing and cause injury.
- uprooted trees: A tree’s roots hold it firmly in place but aren’t always deep enough to withstand high winds. Some species of tree (such as those with shallow roots) are more easily uprooted than others. Uprooting is especially likely when the soil is saturated by rainwater or flood water; this causes more strain on each root than usual and could loosen them enough for the entire plant to shift out of place.
After a major storm strikes your area, check each affected tree carefully for signs of disturbance near its base before attempting any repairs; doing so will help prevent further damage while keeping you safe from falling debris!
3. Can a Hurricane Uproot Even the Healthiest Tree?
A hurricane can uproot even the healthiest tree. However, it depends on several factors. The size of the tree is one factor that will influence whether or not the tree survives a hurricane. For example, if you planted a large oak in your front yard, this tree will likely weather any storm, no matter how strong. On the other hand, if you planted a smaller tree with shallow roots as part of your landscaping plan for your property, a hurricane will likely be damaged beyond repair during such an event.
Another critical factor is how far underground the roots extend; some trees have very shallow roots while others’ roots are much deeper and stronger than others. Suppose there is soil erosion or water flooding during a hurricane (which can happen). In that case, those shallow-rooted trees might become uprooted even if they don’t sustain any physical damage.
4. Is There Anything I Can Do to Protect My Trees from Hurricanes?
Trees can be protected from hurricanes with the right preparation, care, maintenance, and pruning. The best way to protect your trees from hurricanes is by fertilizing them yearly in the spring or fall, and fertilization will help improve their health, growth, and resistance to disease.
Fertilizing once a year provides a steady source of nutrients that feed root systems while growing new leaves in spring or summertime foliage during the fall months. It also helps boost their immunity against all sorts of pests, including insects like termites which feed on trees, and other animals like deer or rabbits, who may nibble on the bark when hungry for something nutritious!
At SB Tree Service, we also offer risk assessment services to help customers assess any trees that could be a potential issue during hurricane season.
5. How Long After a Hurricane Should I Wait Before Clearing My Trees?
This is the most common question we hear at the beginning of every hurricane season, and it’s difficult to give a straightforward answer. Some trees can handle high winds better than others—a tall, old-growth tree that has been around for decades will typically be more resilient than a younger, smaller one.
The damage sustained also varies by species: some trees may lose branches while others suffer extensive damage to their crowns or trunks. And finally, many factors play into how quickly you can remove your damaged tree from your property—the availability of qualified arborists nearby, for example, or the size and scope of any storm cleanup efforts currently underway in your community.
You can best assess each situation individually with an expert arborist who knows what issues need addressing when dealing with certain types of trees in specific locations. SB Tree Service serves all residents in Volusia County as your local tree care experts. If you have questions about tree clearing after a storm or a hurricane’s effect on trees, call us!
6. Who Should I Call to Deal with My Damaged Trees?
At SB Tree Service, we offer tree care and service to all of Volusia County and can handle any job, big or small.
Our team is fully licensed and insured, so you can rest assured that we will do the job right. With hundreds of happy customers across Volusia County, we are the trusted tree care company in the area!
Not to mention our years of experience dealing with Florida hurricane season and its damage to properties across our county.
You’ll Be Better Equipped to Handle Your Damaged Trees by Having the Answers to These Common Questions
Hopefully, this article has answered some of your questions about a hurricane’s effect on trees. We know hurricane season can be a scary time for many Florida residents, and we want to remind you that we are here to help. If you have any other questions, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can!