During severe weather events like winter storms and hurricanes, it can be obvious where tree and plant damage. There may be a scattering of limbs and debris on the ground or more severe results where a tree has split at its trunk and fallen down. Either way, when trees are damaged, they can be a danger to you, your family, or the property you own. Learn more about the types of damage that can occur from severe weather and storms.

2021 Texas Winter Storm Damage

In spite of the deadly winter storm Texas residents recently experienced, many trees, bushes, and plants will survive and thrive later this spring.  While many trees were scarred and damaged from the unusual amount of ice and snow, rose bushes, established trees, and many other plants will bounce back.

Texas is used to severe thunderstorms from which many other dangerous weather events can occur like tornadoes, hail, high winds. A deep freeze of this magnitude is unheard of in Texas.  The last time temperatures went this low in parts of Texas was in 1989, but the lone star state hasn’t experienced a severe winter storm on this scale and duration since the 1800s.

“There’s an old saying in the Houston area; if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.”

Pruning Damaged Trees

If you have trees that suffered extensive damage from the winter storms, our team at Cody’s Tree Service are the tree experts you should call. Let’s look at some of the ways that serious weather can damage trees on your property, and how proper maintenance can make sure these trees stay healthy.

What Weather Events can Damage Trees?

  • Freezing rain, sleet, and snow
  • High Winds
  • Hail
  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning
  • Hurricanes & Tropical Storms

Freezing Ice 

Although experiencing heavy ice storms in Texas during the winter is rare, as we know from the February 2021 snowpocalypse it does happen. When rain and snowfall and freeze branches and limbs they become heavier than usual, making them more susceptible to damage from breakage.

The extra weight is a hazard because it makes those branches more susceptible to falling and potentially injuring someone in the vicinity. They can easily damage property including parts of your house or vehicles in your driveway. The chunks and sheets of falling ice can also injure your family members, guests, and passers-by.

Now that everything is thawed out and the sun has had time to encourage new growth, we can come out to access whether or not a tree needs to be cut back, pruned, or trimmed for optimum health. Pruning after a winter storm is a little different than seasonal pruning. The process involves removing dead, broken, or damaged branches that are still up and around your tree. After a storm tree pruning can help the tree grow denser foliage and increase resilience against future storm damage. Tree trimming also helps prevent trees from growing in unwanted directions or from touching power lines.

High Winds

A wind that reaches 50 mph or more can considerably damage according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Both straight-line winds and spinning winds are commonplace with tropical storms and hurricanes affecting many parts of Texas each spring, summer, and fall. Straight-line winds mostly occur during normal Texas thunderstorms. Strong winds have the ability to move objects and turn them into dangerous projectiles.

Tree shattering can sometimes occur during storms without lightning, splitting them right down the base of the trunk or knocking the entire tree over. Fallen trees present other dangers to structures, homes, and people both during the storm and in subsequent storms.

Heavy Thunderstorms 

Heavy thunderstorms are a common weather occurrence in Texas. Heavy thunderstorms can roll through in an instant, turning the sky dark with a heavy downpour that can damage trees. There’s an old saying in the Houston area; if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes. Heavy rain that accompanies a storm, hail, and lightning can all cause tree shattering either independently or when they happen together.

Trees that blow up during storms after getting struck by a bolt of lightning are said to have shattered (according to arborists and tree professionals).  A single lightning strike can cause a tree trunk to essentially explode into splintered wood, leaving an unrecognizable tree stump where it once stood. Pretty scary, right? The moisture and heat from the lightning’s electricity create steam, which in many cases can lead to catastrophic tree damage or tree death. If the tree dies or shatters, the tree will need to be removed after the storm is over.

Call Cody’s Tree Service After Severe Weather Damage 

When tree damage happens in your yard after a significant weather event, it’s time to call the experts to access the situation. We can come out to tell you which trees need to be removed and which can be salvaged with some tree maintenance. Trust the health of your trees in commercial and residential properties to the certified arborists at Cody’s Tree Service in and around Katy, Texas.

 

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