Miami has been lucky during hurricane season 2014. Thankfully, we’ve experienced no big threats. Since we never know when the next big one might come, it’s always a good idea to take the necessary precautions.
No, we’re not talking about stocking up on can goods. We’re talking about protecting your trees against storm damage, and protecting your property from damages that can be caused by your trees. Here are three steps you can take right now to protect your trees from storm damage.
1. Tree Trimming
Perhaps the most obvious action to take is to trim your trees. In Miami, tree trimming can minimize limb failure and minimize the chances of limbs falling on a target like cars and buildings.
You’ll want to trim your tree by reducing the foliage and weight ecspecially towards the end of the largest and longest branches. Also look out for any defected branches. Those are the ones you’ll want to go for first. Any ISA certified arborist in Miami-Dade can help you out with this. Keep in mind that B&G Property Maintenance has a ISA certified arborist on staff, and we’d be happy to assist you with tree trimming in Miami.
2. Raise the Tree’s Canopy
Young and medium-aged trees should have their canopies lifted to prevent low branches from growing to a larger diameter. This forces more growth in the upper branches, which are less likely to cause damage to nearby targets. You’ll want to subordinate the lower branches rather than removing them. Not only is this technique more attractive, but it’s also better for the tree. This technique also minimizes the size of trunk wound when the low branches are eventually removed plus it helps prevent decay in the trunk.
Watch out for a common malpractice! Make sure not to remove many or all interior low branches on large trees. This is considered over-thinning, and creates poor form and numerous wounds, leaving your tree more prone to failure, which is exactly what we don’t want! Really, when it comes to trimming mature trees in Miami, you only want to reduce it by 10 percent, anything else has to be done with good reason.
3. Clean Your Tree
Before you whip out the Clorox, know that what we’re talking about when we mention cleaning is removing dead branches that might be hanging out on inside your tree’s canopy.
You’ll also want to keep an eye out for pests, such as white fly and snails, which can weaken your tree. There are quick and affordable treatments that protect your trees against these invaders.
Just remember, regular care and maintenance (trimming once a year and pest control every six months) will give your tree the best chances of surviving and storm. If you have any questions regarding tree trimming in Miami or protecting your trees against storms, please give us a call at 305-370-8176. We’d be happy to give you our professional advice.