High winds topple trees – how to protect against tree failure

Strong thunderstorms passed through southeast Wisconsin in early June, resulting in numerous service calls for storm damage, including this tree that landed on a home in Waukesha and had to be removed.

Tree trunks need strong wood tissue in order to hold up in severe weather. We recommend pruning trees when they are young to develop a well-built structure, which will reduce the chance of damage in a storm. When pruning is not enough, tree experts also install cable support systems in larger more mature trees to prevent tree failure. These practices help prolong the life and bring back vitality to a damaged tree.

Our recent storm was not extreme, but still serves as a reminder to have trees inspected and properly maintained. Consult with our certified arborists for expert advice.