Trees With Storm Damage

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If you are a property owner and have any trees in your yard you might know a little something on Storm Damage. This can be something that happens every once in a while or if you have multiple trees you may be picking up branches every few days. This artile will go over a couple things including trees with storm damage and soil types. First we want to share with you a piece out of a book titled: Encyclopedia Trees And Shrubs by Nico Vermeulen and talk about that a little bit.

“Storm damage

Some trees, such as Robinia pseudoacacia, or false acacia, have very brittle wood. Such trees are best planted where they will be sheltered by buildings or other trees. Those trees with branches that break easily are indicated in this encyclopedia.

Other trees do not run a high risk of their branches breaking in a gale but they stand a higher risk of being blown over – it all depends upon circumstances. An alder that grows next to streaming water which undermines its roots can fail without notice in even a moderate breeze.

Trees that naturally make deep roots can still be susceptible to winds under certain conditions – such as waterlogged soil or an unusually high water table.

Where at tree or shrub is planted, and its surroundings, play a significant role: a natural mixed wood is rarely damaged by storms yet it

Storm damage to spruce trees

is quite different with large-scale commercial woodlands. In this case, trees stand next to each other that are all of the same age. Such woodlands are prone to storm damage. Once the wind has created a breech, increasing numbers of trees fall before it. For evergreen trees, the risk is highest in autumn and winter. The tops of the uniform spruce are sometimes literally twisted off the trunk. The pine is blown over quite easily in commercial forests yet in natural circumstances it is one of the most wind resistant trees there are. Pines can withstand many hard winters standing fully exposed even in the shifting sands of dunes.

Soil types

Most trees and shrubs are not sensitive about the type of soil in which they grow. Where trees do require specific conditions, this is indicated in the entries. There are trees and shrubs that prefer lime-rich, alkaline soils and others that require acidic conditions. It is therefore important to know the type of soil in which a specimen is to be planted.

Peat rich soil such as former marshland or fen is always acidic. Marl contains lime and is therefore alkaline. To assess the alkalinity or acidity of these soils is straightforward. This is less clear with other types of soil. With sandy soils, loam, or clay it is less obvious. Loam can often be acidic but certainly not always. Clay can be alkaline but not in every situation, and there are both alkaline can tell much about the ground beneath you. The geologist knows”

See, the reason that it is an important relationship between the tree damage from storms and the soil type is because the soil makes a difference on how much damage a tree can take before it breaks or comes down. At extremely high winds even excellent growing conditions and top rated soil wont help. However most storms have intermediate type winds. If the soil that the tree was grown in is superb and the tree has been trimmed properly you will have to worry much less about a tree coming down or branches getting scattered accross the yard. 

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