While all trees can be damaged by extreme winds, young ones are especially susceptible. Even during the summer and spring months, when frost is no longer an issue, these young, not-yet-stable trees may be seriously damaged by strong gusts of wind. In fact, just a single storm may topple over a young tree, or case serious damage and stress.
Even though you can’t control Mother Nature, there are a few steps that you can take to help protect your trees from any type of wind damage.
Stake the Trees
It is extremely smart to install support stakes when you are planting a brand new tree. These stakes can be made out of wood or metal, as both materials are effective. Also, use strong, yet soft, fabric to actually tie your tree to the stake. Leave a little slack so the tree can move naturally in normal wind, but not so slack that they can move too far in a single direction.
The natural sway action will help the tree in establishing a strong and deep root system, a strong and stable trunk and branches that can withstand natural weather and wind. While two stakes are sufficient in most cases, having three is even better.
Select the Right Location to Plant the Tree
While this may not always be an option, if you are planting a sapling, you need to consider the area carefully. Try to find a location that has natural protection from the wind. If you know the wind usually comes from the east to the west, for example, then try to move the tree to the west side of your home. When you do this, the house is going to serve as a windbreak and stop the gusts of wind all while protecting the tree from serious damage.
Use a Cover
You can also use some type of cover to protect the tree from wind damage. There are some people who assume that a tree cover is only effective at preventing frost; however, this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, a cover can be used to help protect a tree from the wind, pests and other types of damage.
When you use a cover, make sure to place it over the trees top and then tape the bottom around the trunk. After the winds are over, you need to remove the cover so that the tree is able to absorb the sunlight.
By keeping your tree watered, it will promote stronger branches and roots, which will help to reduce the potential of damage during severe storms or winds. If a tree gets dehydrated, then the branches are going to get weak and they may die. This is why it is so important to make sure your tree remains properly watered throughout the year.
Taking the time to prevent wind damage is a great way to keep your tree healthy. A professional tree care service can provide you more information about this, as well.