Pretty trees and shrubs are some of the biggest investments, time-wise, into your landscape design. Most take years to completely mature and losing one can be a major problem and expense. Thunder or wind storms represent one of the biggest dangers to pretty trees and shrubs tree of fortune.

Strong years can snap twigs and even push over entire trees and shrubs. Snowfall and ice can weigh down twigs causing extensive damage. Though it may not look like much, ice can actually add thousands of extra pounds to tree twigs and can even bend a tree entirely along the shoe.

There are many methods thunder or wind storms can damage, and now and again even kill, trees and shrubs. Though some damage can be completely fatal, many damaged trees and shrubs are able to survive storm damage and go on to live out the normal trips of their lives. There are several distinct varieties of storm damage to trees and shrubs. Every type of damage has its inherent long-term outcome for the tree, and a concerned owner would do well to acquaint himself with each.

Shoe Damage

The most severe type of damage that can eventually a tree is injury to the shoe. The older and larger the tree is, the more susceptible it becomes to shoe injury, such as busting and breaking along the central shoe. When splits and breaks occur along the main originate, the effectiveness of all of those other originate is reduced. If will often bark has become separated from the shoe then there is a risky of wood decompose. This runs specifically true if the will often bark damage is in excess of 50 sq in . in area.

Decay is nearly inevitable in instances where supplementary stems are split from the central shoe. As the decompose advances, the originate strength will be further sacrificed. Ultimately the risk to safety of damage to persons or property from failure will make the tree a dangerous liability.


Folding is most common in saplings and smaller, young trees and shrubs. Bend damage can vary significantly. Their education to which a tree can live through folding depends on how much the shoe was curved and for how long. Bend damage can cause the central shoe to “set” at an odd angle, resulting in bends and bows. Saplings which have been curved is often trained back into straightness with slow coaxing using stints and guide cables.


Side break is an extremely common type of tree damage. Fortunately, it is hardly ever very detrimental to the tree (though the same cannot always be said for roofs, vehicles and other property that are under the tree when the break occurs). Side break is only ever fatal if it occurs over 75% of the the queen’s of the tree or foliated area. Over time some decay may occur at the points of break, but this is generally not a threat to the effectiveness of the main or supplementary stems and positions little threat to the tree itself. The development of decay can be offset by trimming the damaged side below the purpose of the break.

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