Did the hurricane leave you with fallen trees and snapped branches? 

Here are the 3 types of storm injuries and what steps to take to increase its chances of survival.

  • Split Limb  –  (Figure A) This type of injury is a split in the middle of a branch. Depending on how big the split is the damaged branch may have a good chance to heal if the split is less than 1/2″ wide.  There are 3 cuts that need to be performed: 1st cut is right behind the split (undercut). The 2nd cut is at the end of the split to remove heavyweight. The final cut is at main branch or stem without leaving a “coat hanger” stub.
  • Jagged Injury – (Figure B) When a branch snaps in half due to high winds it leaves a jagged edge at each side of the two branch pieces.  Find the area below the injury that is healthy (where leaves are still growing) and cut. The 1st cut is to remove the weight and the 2nd cut is where the healthy area is. Sometimes you may have to cut to stem if the damage is too severe.

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  • Main stem breakage– (Figure C) This is when the bark gets stripped away along with the branch causing a large hole in the bark.  If the damaged area is smooth out fast enough the tree will heal itself by growing new bark (e.g. callous) over the damaged area.  Cut off the snapped branch and smooth out the area.

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When we repair these types of storm injuries we make sure that our tools are sharpened and cleaned to prevent any diseases. The repairs are done in a timely manner to avoid any decay so that your tree will thank you and continue blooming for years to come.

Have any other questions about tree injuries and how they can be treated? Let me know in the comments below.

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