To keep yourself and your family safe, it is important to do a thorough check of your house and garden after a wind storm has passed through to assess and address any damage or debris.
Check Fences and Trees
Look for signs of damage to your fences which may have been blown over or damaged by falling debris. Assess trees and look for any damage that was there previously such as split branches or hanging limbs and check around the base of the tree looking at the root system for loose or mounded soil which might be a sign that roots may be lifting and liable to topple.
If any trees on your property fall and cause damage or injury you may well be held liable so err on the side of caution and ask a specialist come and check any trees you are unsure of.
Garden Tidy Up
You will need to assess the clean-up operation of any debris such as branches and leaves. If there are only small branches lying strewn on the ground then it’s likely there is very little to no permanent damage to your trees.
If there is any large debris such as fallen limbs or trees that are already lying on the ground then it’s advisable to tackle these first. Split larger limbs that have fallen so that they are easier to dispose of.
Then focus on the smaller stuff removing any debris that might have blown around shrubs. If plants or shrubs have been damaged then you may need to do some pruning. Don’t worry plants are fairly resilient. Clean-up broken twigs / branches and then use a rake or leaf blower to clear the rest.
BEWARE of Approaching Damaged Trees
For any larger items, take care as fallen storm damaged trees can often be under stress, hung, bent or pushing against other trees and if cut incorrectly can be extremely dangerous. Call in the tree expert for any of the more tricky jobs, such as trees that are leaning, bent or still have their root balls attached. BEWARE, do not go near any fallen trees as they can be volatile and may snap at any moment due to the pressure they are under.
Not Sure? Give Us a Call
At Fidra Home and Garden we are qualified and insured to reinstate your damaged fencing or handle tree pruning and removal so give us a call on 07801 945 399 if you need any assistance or are unsure about the state of any trees on your property.