How could we have avoided so much tree damage caused by Hurricane Ike?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

1. Thin out for air and light penetration. This allows wind to blow through instead of against the tree (Pear, Linden, Silver Maple, Sweet Gum, Tulip Poplar and Red Oak are most susceptible to wind damage).

2. Proper irrigation, especially during drought conditions.

3. Proper aeration of soil so that water and oxygen can feed the roots at a depth of 8-12".

4. Brace and/or cable "V" crotched branches in trees (especially Pear and Linden).

5. Remove existing deadwood to minimize potential fall hazards.