How to Prepare for Windy, Springtime Storms

Feb 14, 2024 | The Tree Wisdom Blog

Preparing for windy springtime storms, especially if you have trees near your house, involves a combination of preventive measures and readiness for potential issues. Here are some tips:

Trim Branches and Limbs:

  • Prune dead or weak branches to reduce the risk of them breaking off during strong winds.
  • Trim back overhanging branches that could potentially fall on your house or other structures.

Inspect Trees:

  • Regularly inspect your trees for signs of disease or instability. Look for leaning trees, cracked trunks, or roots that may be compromised.
  • If you notice any issues, contact us.  We’re professional arborists and can accurately assess potential hazards.

Secure Outdoor Items:

  • Store or secure outdoor furniture, tools, and other items that could become projectiles in high winds.
  • If you have potted plants, consider moving them to a more sheltered location during windy periods.

Check Gutters and Downspouts:

  • Ensure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris to prevent water backup and potential damage during heavy rain accompanying strong winds.

Inspect the Roof:

  • Examine your roof for loose or damaged shingles. Even if your roof is inaccessible, you can use a pair of binoculars to closely inspect for damage.  Call a qualified roofer to repair or replace any damaged areas, to prevent wind-driven rain from causing leaks.

Install Windbreaks:

  • If feasible, consider planting a windbreak like shrubs or a fence to help mitigate the impact of strong winds on your property.

Remember safety should be the top priority. If you’re unsure about the condition of your trees or the safety of your property, contact us for additional guidance.