Trees can be a beautiful part of your property. Whether they have been there long before you moved in or you planted new ones to add dimension to your home, trees are a great addition to any property. Without proper maintenance though, trees can potentially cause costly damage to surrounding areas. Here are a few basic reminders on tree upkeep so that you can continue to enjoy them without the threat of harm to your property:
- Have your trees routinely checked by an arborist to determine their health. Trees plagued by rot or insects are more likely to have weak points causing them to snap easily. Though a tree may look healthy from the outside, there may be internal damage, so it is best to consult a professional to ensure the health of the wood.
- Check the area around you trees for soft or water soaked soil. Make sure to have proper drainage around the base and never allow water to easily pool here.
- Trim back large branches that split near the top of the tree. These limbs are more likely to break, causing damage to roofs and surrounding areas.
- A single standing tree is more dangerous than a grove of trees; the wind is more likely to cause damage to a standalone tree. When planting, plant several together as opposed to a single tree. When thinning trees, leave a few remaining collectively.
- Tend to debris that may fall from your trees during the autumn months.
Should you experience damage to your property from falling trees or limbs, Kennedy Restoration is always here to help with any necessary repairs.
The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful and ever-changing landscape. This change is greatly influenced by various natural causes including wildfires. While the recent heat has allowed us here in Portland to enjoy some lovely summer activities, it increases the chances of these wildfires occurring and causing damage to property. Here are some basic steps to avoid causing wildfires and protecting your home from potential damage.
- Obey all outdoor burning laws for your area. These are set in place to protect you and those around you.
- Be mindful when disposing of combustible materials.
- Protect your home by reducing the amount of flammable materials such as extensive foliage and fuel sources around your property.
- When building your home or structures, make sure to use fire resistant building materials. Treat existing wood to reduce the chance of a fire taking hold. Maintain roofing by reapplying flame resistant materials every few years.
- Develop a fire emergency plan with family and neighbors to keep everyone safe should a fire occur.
We hope you are enjoying your summer so far, stay safe out there!