Tree Damage Can Be Prevented!
By: Larry Bartlett, Certified
Hampshire residents witness the destruction of "Ice Storm
2008". Ice damage in trees is predictable and preventable. Here
are some clues to help you determine if the trees on your
property pose a safety hazard and what to do about
How do tree failures
Under ice and snow, the most common structural failure to
occur in trees are weak forks. You can identify a
weak fork by observing the angle of the bark ridge. The
bark ridge is a narrow strip of compressed bark where a branch
emerges from the tree. The more vertical the bark ridge
is, the less holding wood the branch will have. Also, fast
growing trees like Pines or Willows tend to be brittle and snap
off branches or crown sections.
How can breakage be
For weak forks and
multi-stemmed trees, a properly installed cable support system
can be installed in the crown of the tree. For fast growing
trees, regular pruning from early in the tree's life can keep
the branches strong and short. It's important to consider the
location and ultimate size of fast growing trees before you
Should the cut be painted after
pruning off a branch?
Decay-causing bacteria is naturally present in the air.
Painting the wound only seals in the infection. The best way to
protect a tree is to make a "collar cut" by cutting along the
bump at the branch base. The tree will set up a chemical
barrier that seals off the infection, much the same way a
battleship closes down compartments after a hull breech to
prevent the ship from filling up with water and