Powerful storms, which happen often during winter, can damage our houses, cars and our energy supply facilities. The last storm to hit southeastern Pennsylvania caused 700.000 blackouts, many due to fallen trees. As cutting them is not a reasonable solution, one must learn how to protect their belongings from tree accidents.
Nature always give us warning signs when something bad is going to happen and trees are quite “verbal”, if you know how to listen to them. Signs of a ready-to-fall tree include deep cracks on its bark, mushroom growth and V-shaped branch union. The first two indicate a decaying tree, which can be cut down as it had already died. The last item is specific to a limb which is decaying or is poorly linked to the tree and may fall at any time.
Trees are Man’s Best Friend
Cutting down trees is only advisable when the tree is already dead and it is a real danger to a community. Otherwise, cutting a tree is a pretty bad idea. Trees provide shelter from heat and wind and are essential for a neighborhood and roads as they decrease the sun glare and the mirage that could be made by the sun in the horizon.
As trees use carbon dioxide and release oxygen, they help reducing the pollution and provide fresh air. Their leaves are natural enrichment for the soil and ensure its quality. A good soil can maintain the water quality of the groundwater.
Trees also provide shelter and can sustain the bird population in the area, being oasis of relaxation for humans. Some even claim that more trees in a neighborhood can lower the crime rate.
Growing Storm-Proof Trees
After you’ve cut a tree is time to plant other two. But think twice and plant once to avoid future accidents. Pick a tree by its size when it will reach maturity. Impressive trees like an oak, for example, are not the best choice if you plan to plant the tree near a house. Inform on how the roots of the tree will spread and protect them in order to avoid the roots to decay or to be suffocated by a new building.
Also, pay attention to the plumbing system, as you don’t want to have roots between the water pipes. Don’t plant trees under power-lines or near them.
Prune the tree regularly or ask for professional help to obtain the desired shape and keep the tree healthy. By following these simple tips you can prevent accidents and even human life losses, while protecting the environment.