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Top 3 Reasons Tree May Fail During Storm

words by George Hempel @The Tree Surgeon Professionals




Top 3 Reasons Tree May Fail During Storm | Tree Surgeon Professionals.

In the face of stormy weather, trees can become vulnerable to failure, posing risks to property and safety. George Hempel, our resident arborist and expert from the Blue Mountains, shares valuable insights into the top three reasons why trees may fail during storms and how to prevent it.

  1. Suitability to the Environment: George emphasies the importance of selecting tree species that are suitable for the local environment. Non-native trees, unfamiliar with the region's soil and climate conditions, are more likely to fail during storms. By opting for native species, which have evolved to withstand local weather patterns, homeowners can reduce the risk of tree failures.

  2. Size and Shape Disparities: Trees that deviate significantly in size and shape from native counterparts are at higher risk of failure, particularly in urban environments. Limited root space and nearby construction activities further exacerbate this risk. Proper tree maintenance, including regular monitoring, is essential for identifying and addressing potential stability issues.

  3. Resistance to Forces: Trees that are not accustomed to the specific weather conditions of an area may struggle to cope during storms. Understanding the resilience of different tree species can inform planting decisions and help mitigate the risk of failures.

George also highlights the resilience of certain tree species, such as the silky oak (Grevillea robusta), which have evolved unique self-preservation techniques.


By heeding George's insights and implementing proactive measures, homeowners can protect their properties and communities from the devastating effects of tree failures during storms. From selecting suitable tree species to regular maintenance practices, every step taken contributes to safer and more resilient landscapes.


For more expert advice and guidance on tree care and maintenance, stay tuned to our blog and listen to George Hempel's insightful speech. 🌿



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