In recent weeks, Kansas City has seen multiple storm events that caused damage to our tree canopy. Whether it be wind or snow, this damage can have lasting effects to the structural integrity of trees in your yard. It is important that you follow a few steps to ensure the safety of yourself and your property.
- Assess the damage to the tree: Is the main trunk broken? Are more than 50% of the limbs broken or damaged? If the answer is no, corrective pruning by a professional could allow the tree to make a full recovery. If the tree damaged is near the street, check with your local government to see if they provide assistance on trimming the tree. Many municipalities take responsibility of trees that are within 10 feet or less of the public street.
- Safety: Make sure the tree/limb is not touching any kind of electrical hazard. Check for broken hanging limbs. Look closely at the trunk of the tree and branches for any type of cracking or peeling of the bark. These indicators could mean damage and potential for failure. If a hazard exists, block off the area below to ensure that you and the public are protected.
- Hire a Certified Arborist: Trees damaged by storms can be unpredictable when cut. Pressure or twisting can cause them to kick back and cause injury. Broken hanging limbs or anything damaged above your head, requires specific training and safety equipment. Contact a certified arborist to assess the trees on your property and schedule work. You can find a list of International Society of Certified Arborists in your area here.
Information provided by the ISA “Weathering the Storm” brochure found here.