Storm-Damaged Trees: Deciding Between a Crown Restoration or a Tree Removal

Damage to a tree from a recent stormWe have seen it on movies, read it in the newspapers, and even experienced it ourselves. We are talking about storms destroying properties and lives. Most often than not, storm damage is caused by trees, and the effect is just too significant to be neglected. For that reason, there is no wonder why a lot of home and business owners go to us and ask us to eliminate their trees. The fear of getting injured or having their houses and business get damaged by a toppled tree and fallen limbs make these people think that tree removal should be done in their property. However, it should not always be the case.

We will explain the difference between a crown restoration and tree removal, to help you make a sound decision which one should be done to your tree. Keep in mind that there are situations where eliminating your tree is inevitable but preventing it from getting to that point is much better.

Crown Restoration

Following a storm, the majority of trees can be pruned to bring back its structural soundness and lessen the possibility of it falling in the future. Crown restoration is a method to bring back the balance in the structure of the tree and promote new growth. It is an ideal option to preserve trees following a storm.

If you are confused whether or not your tree can still be saved from storm damage, seek assistance from a certified arborist. A tree expert can give you an accurate assessment of your tree’s situation and let you know if crown restoration can be done.

Goals for Crown Restoration

  • Eliminate or reduce damaged branches
  • Get rid of hangers and other hazardous situations
  • Reduce exposed branches
  • Restore the balance of the crown

The main priority for crown restoration is to get the balance back to critical areas of the tree’s crown so they will be less vulnerable to falling. Also, when we diminish exposed branches, it will lessen the impact of a wind storm and ice in the future. Pruning would also help in preventing sucker growth that can result in weakness and future damage.

Tree Removal

Tree preservation should be the top priority for a tree company at all times. When you remove a 100-year old tree in your yard, even if you plant 100 trees, you can’t replace it. But, there is an exemption in the case of a heavily wounded tree. When a tree’s structure is compromised, and crown restoration can no longer bring back its structural integrity, then tree removal should be done. We have to take the following factors before getting rid of any tree:

  • Drop zone of the tree
  • Tree health
  • Site factors affecting the tree
  • Load factors on the tree
  • Conditions and defects that can result in limb or tree failure

Trees don’t have to be removed, if only they were under preventive maintenance before a storm. Your tree is an investment that is why we encourage you to make an effort to care for your tree correctly.  A reputable tree service company will be able to help you through the decision to restore or remove.

Commercial Tree Care Benefits

Commercial Tree Care along a sidewalkWhether you admit it or not, trees probably are the least of your concerns when trying to establish your commercial property. Regardless if it is a restaurant, a factory, or a medical facility, you focus more on the standards, not knowing that you are missing one crucial aspect, which is tree care. Unfortunately for some, they realize its importance too late, when a tree has already fallen onto their parking area.

Don’t wait for anything worse to happen. Make sure to schedule regular tree maintenance on your commercial property to avoid the risk of falling limbs and other tree-associated issues that can disrupt your business.

Lower Your Risk of Pest Problems

Issues with pests are one of a business owner’s worst enemies. How do these pests get to the commercial property? You got that right- through the landscape. Branches and limbs that touch the roof of the property make it easy for rats and squirrels to enter your facility. Birds that find refuge on your trees can find holes in your roof to eat the bugs that live in your property.

Commercial tree care will ensure that these pests will not have access to your business. Arborists will make sure no limb or branch touches your property during their tree trimming service.

Reduce the Chances of Personal and Property Damage

We can never prevent Mother Nature from showing her power. High winds and inclement weather can have a negative impact on trees. Uprooted trees and fallen limbs can damage any structure and even cause injury to anyone in the area. The good news is, the possible damage caused by trees can be prevented through commercial tree care. It is best to have your trees inspected by tree experts because they can tell if there are dead branches or weak limbs that need to be eliminated. They can use this opportunity to assess the overall health of your tree and advise as to what is the best thing to do to maintain the health of your tree.

If you let a sick tree sit in your business compound, you risk losing your business and hurting other people. Remember that your insurance policy may decline your damage claims if they found out the neglect on your end.

Earn the Reputation of a Caring, Responsible Local Business

Every municipality has its own rules and laws concerning trees. If you have trees in your commercial property, mainly if it is a Heritage Tree, you need to know the special rules that apply so that you can be compliant.

Laws also apply when your tree invades the land of your neighbor. You may be held legally and financially responsible in case the tree, damages the property. Another rule that may not be familiar to everyone is the Solar Shade Control Act that states trees or shrubs should not shade over 10% of a neighbor’ solar system, between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm.

You may not be familiar with the different rules and laws concerning trees that is why hiring a commercial tree service will be a smart move. They will not only improve the health and appearance of your tree, but they can also make sure you don’t get into trouble with the law.

For more information call Scott at Century Tree, Inc, 2659 Gay St, Eugene, OR 97408, (541) 275-6114.