0426SafeTreeRemoval1PIXsr.cfm Consult a professional when trees fall near homes, power lines
Home News Livestock Crops Markets Hay, Range & Pasture Home & Family Classifieds Resources This Week's Journal
Commerical Hay Equipment For The Farm
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer

Farm Survey

Journal Getaways

Reader Comment:
by Wheat_Harvest movie

"Thanks so much for the article! These are the types of people we hope to"....Read the story...
Join other discussions.

Consult a professional when trees fall near homes, power lines


Home and property owners should seek professionals if they suspect trees weakened by drought, disease, insects and age might give way to powerful storms, with the potential for damage or death.

Of the seven fatalities in Arkansas following the April 15 storms, six attributed to trees falling on homes.

"A strong storm blows by and suddenly, the tree fails--or so it seems," said Tamara Walkingstick, associate director of the Arkansas Forestry Resources Center, part of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. "The point is that it's often the result of a prior defect or problem."

Walkingstick said the potential for the tree to have limb breakage, trunk breakage or fall is a function of tree's condition.

"Although strong winds can uproot healthy trees, trees with rot, dead tops, excessive leans and exposed roots are more likely fail in even the slightest wind than their healthy counterparts," she said.

"Trees are very good at trying to compartmentalize wounded tissue but they don't actually heal," Walkinsgtick said. "Fungal diseases can get established in a tree wound and slowly rot away the wood inside a tree. Often these wounds and defects are not apparent to the casual observer."

Certified arborists are trained to recognize potential hazard trees, she said.

While water can play a role in trees falling by softening the ground around the roots, excess water does not soften the tree's wood, leading to breakage.

"The basic biological function of water update does not lead to tree failure," Walkingstick said. "Water doesn't create rot: Wounds and diseases do."

When trees fall around homes and power lines, always consult a professional.

"We always recommend that homeowners hire tree service professionals: not the guy who shows up with a chain saw and no credentials right after a storm," she said. "Those credentials should include licensing and bonding at the very least, and a professional certified arborist is preferred."

For more information on forestry, contact your county Extension office or visit www.uaex.edu.

Web hpj.com

Copyright 1995-2014.  High Plains Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Any republishing of these pages, including electronic reproduction of the editorial archives or classified advertising, is strictly prohibited. If you have questions or comments you can reach us at
High Plains Journal 1500 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd., P.O. Box 760, Dodge City, KS 67801 or call 1-800-452-7171. Email: webmaster@hpj.com


Archives Search

NCBA Convention

United Sorghum Checkoff Program

Inside Futures

Editorial Archives

Browse Archives