• Wind throw - Trees are pushed over by high winds.
• Stem failure - Weakened trunks break.
• Crown twist - Trunks suffer cracks and splits.
• Root failure - Trees lean, exposing roots.
• Branch failure - Limbs break and hang.
Other sections cover proper tree planting and pruning practices for reducing storm damage potential, methods for assessing damage risks, steps to take after a storm and hiring a certified arborist.
“By contacting a certified arborist you’re getting someone with a recognized knowledge base that is consistent around the world,” Purcell said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to spend more money than you would on other tree professionals. It just means they’ve been through a certification program to demonstrate competency on mitigating storm damage.”
If in doubt, hire a professional to do the job, Purcell said.
“I’ve seen too many people get hurt trying to do things themselves to save a few bucks.”