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Storms are inevitable, and when they come, they often take trees and limbs with them. The Charlotte City Arborists encourages residents to always be tree-aware. Don't wait until a storm is forecast to worry about your trees. Proper inspection and care throughout the year is necessary to limit risks during major storms and give you peace of mind.
How do I know my tree is vulnerable?
- There are large dead branches in the tree.
- There are mushrooms growing around the trunk or roots.
- There are large cavities or holes in the trunk or main branches.
- Leaves are dropping in the summertime.
I'm concerned about my tree. What should I do?
- Seek a professional. Find a professional arborist certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.
- Make sure you're covered. When hiring a tree company, always get copies of general liability and worker's compensation insurance from the provider. Tree maintenance is a dangerous profession. These policies ensure that you won't be held liable for injuries that take place on your property.
- Do your homework. Consult the Better Business Bureau, Angie's List or other references before hiring a tree management company.
What should I do during a storm?
- Shelter in a safe location and follow instructions by local law enforcement. Call 911 for any life-threatening situations or to report limbs or trees blocking roadways.
What should I do after a storm?
- Safety first! Stay clear and look for dangerous hanging limbs, downed utility lines, broken branches and other failures before starting cleanup. Keep other people away from areas beneath and around damaged trees.
- Don't panic. If a tree is damaged but isn't an immediate hazard, it's usually fine to wait a few weeks before making a final decision about removing the tree.
- Watch out for scam artists. People claiming to be tree specialists can show up at your house after a storm. Do your homework, check references and make sure the business is legitimate.