Storm Damaged Trees
After the recent heavy winds and rain from Hurricane Florence, you may have damage to trees and shrubs in your landscape. If you have broken stems or branches that you can safely remove, you should do so as soon as possible.
Use correct pruning cuts to remove any branches that have been broken or twisted. Pruning cuts should be at a slight angle just outside the branch collar. Pruning paints or sealants are no longer recommended as research has proven that they may actually do more harm than good.
For excellent publications on how to properly prune, visit the North Carolina State Extension website and search pruning.
If you have a large tree or trees that may be damaged you will need to contact a certified arborist.
Reputable tree service companies usually do not solicit business by knocking on your door, so beware of uncertified tree workers who often descend upon storm-damaged areas with pick-up trucks and chainsaws. These workers may be uninsured and you could be left picking up the tab if your home or your neighbor’s property may be damaged.
To find a Certified Arborist, go to the website treesaregood.org and you can search for one using your zip code or you can give me a call at the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Union County Center at 704-283-3729.