How to Handle a Tree Damaged by Storms


Spring and summer means that storms will become more common. Learn what to do if your trees are affected.

Almost every season is known for storms, whether it’s the whipping snowstorms of winter months or the sudden thunderstorms of summer. Unfortunately, storms do a very good job at damaging and killing trees in residential and commercial properties throughout the country. If you are dealing with a tree damaged by a storm, here are our top tips to keep you safe and manage the aftermath.

Safety First

Are there any branches, tree limbs, or parts of the tree hanging or leaning against power lines? Do not touch anything! Call Nelson Tree Specialist immediately to assess the situation and take care of safely removing them. Even broken-looking power lines can still be live wires, so don’t take a chance.


If you don’t have any power line damage or urgent and obviously problems, take a walk around your yard and trees to look for the following warning signs:

  • Hanging or damaged branches
  • Tree branches with splits
  • An uneven canopy on top of the tree
  • Tree trunks with decay, holes, cavities, or splits
  • Heaving soil
  • Root systems that are pulled or visible
  • An uprooted tree
  • An entire tree leaning

What Do You Do Now?

If you spot any of the above signs during your storm clean-up, call a professional so that they can help safely clean up the situation. Trees in immediate danger of falling should never be handled by homeowners who don’t have the proper equipment or training.  Not addressing the situation properly can result in an injury to you or further injury to the tree. Many times, a homeowner thinks that they properly rectified the situation only to find out that the tree died or had problems as a direct result of the improper care.

Storm Cleanup from Nelson Tree Specialist!

Nelson Tree Specialist provides specialty arborist services, tree crane services, tree care services, and dead tree removal services. We are well known for our top-notch skills and professionalism. We are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and we are considered certified arborists. We are also an accredited business through the Better Business Bureau and we have great reviews through Angie’s List. To find out how we can help your trees, whether they are exotic and strange or normal and plan, give us a call at (301) 854-2218 (Washington, D.C.) or (202) 909-5662 (Baltimore) or visit us online. For more interesting tree facts and tips, follow us on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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