Post-Storm Tree Care Trips for Australian Homeowners

Storm season here in Australia runs from September to April. Depending on where you live in the country, the fallout could be extremely dangerous. However, damaged roofs and smashed cars are not the only things to worry about. If you have trees in your garden, downed limbs and broken branches could pose a safety hazard for you and your family. Here are some tips on what to do when a storm damages your trees.

Take a Deep Breath

The morning after a severe storm or dangerous winds, take a deep breath and assess the damage before you go any further. Find out how many trees pose a significant safety hazard and what action you need to take. Minor damage like smaller branches falling from trees can quickly be resolved. However, if storm damage is significant, you may need to call in the experts. A professional will be able to remove larger branches that are ready to fall from a tree and can clear the area with the right equipment. 

Clean Up Your Garden

There are a few steps you can take to clean up your garden. You can get rid of broken stubs that are still attached to a tree and reduce decay agents entering a tree wound by removing limb remains. However, always be wary of wildlife that might be using your trees as a temporary shelter.​

Don't Do It All Yourself

If larger limbs are hanging off a tree, you will need to call in a professional. A tree removal specialist can remove limbs with a chainsaw quickly and safely. Remember, if limbs and branches are close to power lines, it could be dangerous to remove these yourself. A professional will be able to remove uprooted trees safely, providing you with peace of mind. Beware of broken limbs that have become stuck in trees but can still fall onto the ground — or onto your head — when you are trying to remove them. ​Always wear appropriate clothing and use the right equipment when trying to remove stubs, limbs and branches after a storm. ​

Prepare for Further Storm Damage

It is a good idea to take preventative measures in case another storm hits. Remove dead limbs, prune branches, get rid of debris from the area and have leaning trees close to your home inspected. You might need to have larger trees removed if they have the potential to damage to your property.