There’s no doubt that most of us still vividly remember the storms that turned Auckland upside down this April, which sent trampolines flying into neighbouring properties, cut power to thousands of homes for days, and cost insurers more than NZ$72 million. Anyone who has trees on their property may have more-unfortunate memories, as branches and trees came crashing down onto houses and fences all around the city.
In this post, we’ll offer Auckland tree owners some tips on how to take action now and prevent further damage to their property – before the next storm hits.
How to identify potentially dangerous trees
The first step to preventing potential danger during a storm is to assess whether any of the trees on your property have grown to a size capable of causing serious damage. In general, if trees are allowed to grow too large and you’re forced to prune too much, it can seriously affect the tree – it’s better to keep an eye on large trees and make sure they don’t grow out of control.
To do this, you’ll want to make sure any branches are clear of power lines, and that the tree or any of its branches don’t have the potential to fall onto your home, neighbouring homes, or areas where cars are parked. You should also keep an eye out for rotten or weak branches, which are both likely to fall in a storm and easy for a professional to remove.
How to prepare before the next storm
Once you’ve identified any potential risks should another storm occur, it’s important to go ahead and find someone with expert tree cutting skills to ensure your trees are cut back to a safe level. Ideally, you’ll also want to generally storm proof your yard, but it’s especially important that you take care of your trees, shielding smaller trees with covers and anchoring them to the ground with stakes. For larger trees, make sure they’re evenly weighted so one side isn’t likely to fall. An experienced arborist can help you prune or trim back trees to distribute the weight evenly.
Get your trees trimmed in Auckland
If you’re looking for the most trusted arborist Auckland has to offer, Heaven Contracting has over 25 years of experience delivering tree services, and can help you identify and trim back any trees that are potentially dangerous – ensuring your house and surrounds are safe this winter.
Our tree trimming experts can visit your property and remove any branches or trees that pose a serious risk, while our range of other tree services – from tree removal to mulching and stump grinding – can help with any other tree problems that you might be facing. Wherever you are in Auckland, contact us today and see our expert arborists in action!