Storm Damaged Branch on Weeping Japanese Maple
Hurricanes such as the recent Hurricane Sandy have caused extensive damage to landscape trees along the northeastern coastline. This Weeping Japanese Maple was a victim to the gale force winds and has suffered major damage to one of its limbs. Every year extensive damage can occur to tree branches from factors such as hurricanes, ice storms and lightning. If you have experienced similar damage here are a few tips for repairing weakened trees that I hope you find useful.
|Storm Damage to Tree Bark|
|U.S. Department Of Agriculture|
Uprooted Trees: Smaller trees can be saved if one third to one half of their root system is still in the ground. Remove some of the soil around the root mass and push upright using several helpers or equipment. Fill in the soil and cable the tree in place using two to three guide wires and anchors into the soil. Water the tree to keep it in place and remove air pockets. It is usual to keep the cables on for one year then remove them as the tree grows. A spring feeding can help the tree to regain strength and encourage new growth.
Following these practices can allow your tree to heal and help to ensure the extended lifetime of your landscape plants.