On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall over Texas wreaking havoc. It cost millions of dollars for the cleanup effort where troops were called in. Prior to the hurricane hitting, people in the cities of Galveston, Houston and Lake Jackson were evacuated for their safety.
It was a powerful Category2 hurricane which left absolute destruction and devastation in its wake. After 20 inches of rain and wind speeds reached 120 mph, 195 deaths were recorded and the biggest ever search and rescue operation in Texas was launched.
3 million people were left without power and damage was estimated to have been about $29 billion. This included buildings, roads, cars, boats, appliances and infrastructure.
After a hurricane, the devastation is not confined to roads and buildings. Trees also receive a hammering. The thing about trees is that if they are properly cut and treated, they are able to recover. They will once again provide shade and beauty for the communities living under them.
Once the storm has passed and the damage is assessed, it is important to remove possible hazards which could include tree removal. Broken and damaged trees also can contribute to hazards. They need to be removed in a professional manner and with due care, said director of operations at ABC Tree Service.
Where trees have fallen over power lines, it is wise to call in professionals to deal with the clean-up. Working with broken electricity infrastructure could be dangerous if safety procedures are not followed. Broken tree limbs could fall on people causing injury or they could cause further damage to buildings.
When dealing with these damaged trees, broken limbs and dead stumps must be dealt with. A qualified arborist as well as professional emergency cleaning company should probably be called in. The cutting back needs to be done judiciously. It is not a good idea to do serious pruning at this stage.
The energy for the tree’s recovery is stored in the live wood and this should not be removed as far as possible. Neither should you top the trees or cut back the canopy (what is left of it) Even if all the leaves were removed by the storm trees can recover. Do not damage the tree trunk as this could cause more stress.
Canopy clearing will remove dead and broken branches. This also involves making smooth pruning cuts. These need to be done directly behind broken branches to encourage the proper growth of new tissue. Trees that have been under stress, need to access their stored energy so they recover quickly and close wounds.
It is probably better to leave the tree a bit misshapen rather than worry about aesthetics at this time. It is also probably also better to give the tree a chance to regenerate. An expert should be called in for advice. They will know how to carry out the work of shaping the tree properly at a later stage as it begins to recover.
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