1.Analyze if your tree is worth keeping. If there is a major branch out, the top has cracked out, or there is damage to over half of the tree it may be best to cut the tree down.
2.Make sure trimming of branches is done correctly. Make all cuts as smooth as possible. Any places where branches have cracked off, make sure you make a clean cut so it can heal properly. Don’t rip any hanging bark or branches . This will allow less scarring and damage. Don’t use pruner sealer! It impedes the natural healing process of trees because it does not allow the bark to callous well. The sealer can also attract bugs and birds causing more damage. You wouldn’t leave a band-aid on yourself? Why would you do the same thing to a tree?
3.Treat with a systemic insecticide. This spring is a great time to treat your trees with a systemic insecticide to protect your trees from insects for the next 12 months when they will probably be under attack. From last year to this, trees in this area have had undergone a lot of stress; From lack of moisture and from the storm this year. Stressed trees attract insects and diseases. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This quote says it perfectly.
4.Start caring for your trees more. If you have young trees it is a great idea to root stimulate your trees to help with root growth and overall tree health. If you root stimulate them 3 times, 2 weeks apart, you will get 33% more root growth. Put mulch around the base of your tree in at least a 3’ diameter to protect from mowers and keep the grass from competing for nutrients.
5.Choose trees that will last. In the storm people lost a lot of silver maples(the whirlybird seed trees), & ash. We suggest planting the following varieties of shade trees:
-Autumn Blaze Maple
-Northern Red Oak
-New Horizon Elm