Apr 02, 2018

Evaluating Trees After Wildfires

Wildfires are one of the most destructive forms of natural disasters. In a matter of hours, an uncontrolled fire can sweep through miles of land, leaving tragedy in its wake. It can be overwhelming to look around at your thriving local community and witness property damage on such a mass scale. Those who survive with their homes and life sometimes place the welfare of their damaged trees and landscaping on the back burner while focusing on other high priority projects like replacing the roof or siding. However, many homeowners discover, a few weeks down the road, that their once-formidable Southern Live Oak isn’t faring so well. Ignoring tree problems can not only keep your yard from looking its best, it can also create unsafe conditions in the future where additional injury or property damage could occur. AT 404-CUT-TREE, we have helped many residential and commercial property owners recover from emergency wildfires, floods, and storms. We want your home or business to remain safe and beautiful as well. Here are a few tips for evaluating your trees after a fire.

Assess Tree Risk

After a wildfire, the first priority is safety. Excessive heat can severely injure a tree, causing the branches and trunk to become distressingly weak. Even trees that survive may be dangerous to keep in your yard. If the trunk leans or a heavy limb falls from the crown, it could damage your roof, car, swimming pool, or other structure. Your loved ones may also be in danger of personal injury if they’re in the way of a falling tree or limb. A certified arborist can conduct a professional tree risk assessment, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to let the tree regrow, or remove it from your property.

Understand that Every Tree Species Reacts Differently After Fire Damage

Some trees are specifically designed to survive after fire. Natural wildfires regularly occur in forested areas, so many species of trees have adapted to endure these apparently devastating events. Some species will re-sprout from the roots, forming a lush and vibrant tree in the place of the old one just a few years later. Some hardwoods with thick bark and hardy constitutions can survive even if the crown has been badly injured. Unfortunately, pine trees and many varieties of conifers can be highly susceptible to fire damage and may not recover well. It’s important to know the species of the trees on your property and research their level of resistance to fire damage. If you’re unsure or you want professional advice, consult a certified arborist or experienced tree service specialist.

Patience is Often Necessary

Once severe damage has occurred, many trees are left vulnerable to other issues. Wood rot, mold and fungal growth, and predatory insects all tend to target trees that are already struggling to survive. You’ll need to keep a close eye on your damaged trees until they are fully recovered to ensure that these issues don’t spring up. If they do, it’s important to find an expert like the Atlanta arborists at 404-CUT-TREE to conduct a thorough inspection, so you can treat the tree for its specific condition before it kills its host or spreads to nearby trees. It may also be necessary to amend the soil or occasionally apply fertilizer to the roots of the tree to make sure it’s getting appropriate levels of nutrients needed for optimal recovery. It may take time and energy to keep the tree alive, but it will be well worth it. In many cases, a few seasons of quality TLC will keep your yard gorgeous decades into the future.

Are You Searching for a Certified Arborist in Atlanta, Georgia? Call 404-CUT-TREE Today

Have your trees suffered damage after a wildfire, thunderstorm, flood or other natural disaster? Get the help you need from the certified arborists and tree care specialists at 404-CUT-TREE. We are proud to provide professional tree care services in Atlanta, Duluth, Johns Creek, Doraville, Chamblee, Buckhead, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Tucker, Milton, Marietta, Dunwoody, and other nearby metro area neighborhoods. Call our office today for more information about our commercial and residential services, or to schedule a convenient appointment.