Post-storm is ‘prime time’ to get your trees inspected

ASHLAND, Va. (WRIC) – Fortunately, this rain wasn’t accompanied by strong winds in the Richmond area, so many of us didn’t experience storm damage. But tree experts say this is the prime time for residents to inspect their trees because next time, we may not be so lucky.

“Because of the storm activity, the tree may have suffered some structural or architectural damage that can lead to future breakage,” said Joel Koci, a certified arborist with the Virginia State University urban forestry extension.

To prevent potential future damage, Koci recommends you get a professional to inspect your trees.

“It can be once, twice a year or post severe weather conditions such as this one here.”

The larger the tree, the more dangerous it can become. The Richmond metro area didn’t see significant damage from the storm.

“If the winds have picked up to 50 to 60 miles per hour, then that would’ve been a severe wind event,” explained Koci.

Still, in some places the winds were enough to take down already vulnerable trees. Dominion crews were busy Saturday in the Fan District after a massive tree knocked down power lines and caused the utility pole to crack. Luckily, no one was hurt. Koci says it can be hard to tell what’s hazardous on your tree and what isn’t–that’s why you should have an expert take a look.

“The trunk for any holes in it, or cracks in it, and the roots heaving or ground heaving or any indication that the tree is tipping,” he said.

Also the limbs–if they extend over your roof, they need to be trimmed.

Find out more about tree safety and inspections here.

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