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Do Your Trees Look Fine After The Hurricane? 3 Potential Hazards They Might Have Been Exposed To

After a hurricane, you might think that your trees are safe if they're still standing. However, that's not necessarily true. In fact, hurricanes can bring damage to your trees that you might not have even thought about. Unfortunately, those unknown risks can cause severe damage, even death to your trees. That's why it's so important that you have your trees inspected as soon as you have the opportunity. With professional care, your trees may be able to be saved. Here are three potential problems that can affect your trees after a hurricane.

Oxygen Deprivation

You might not realize this, but your trees need lots of oxygen to survive. In fact, they need just about as much oxygen as they do moisture. Without sufficient levels of both, your tree can die. Unfortunately, after a hurricane, your trees may be left with too much water, and not enough oxygen. That's because a good portion of your trees' oxygen will come from the root system. You see, tree roots gather oxygen from the soil, and from the air itself. After a hurricane, especially one that causes severe flooding, the roots can be covered with several inches – if not feet – of water, debris and mud. As a result, your trees will be oxygen-deprived until the area around their roots can be cleared away. One of the best things you can do for your trees, is clear the soil above the roots as soon as it's safe to do so.

High Winds

During a hurricane, the high winds can blow debris around. Many times that debris is thrown quite violently. When debris strikes the trunk of your trees, large chunks of bark can be removed. Once the trunk is exposed, the tree is no longer able to ward off infections and diseases. One of the diseases that can attack your tree following a hurricane is Armillaria, which can lead to defoliation. After a hurricane, you should have your tree inspected for damage to the trunk and limbs.

Insect Infestation

In addition to wind and water damage, trees are also susceptible to insect infestations following a hurricane. One reason for the increased susceptibility is the is the damage left behind. Wood boring beetles, and other insects, have an easier time accessing the sensitive fiber that's hidden below the bark. Once they're able to access the tree, they quickly take over, robbing your tree of nutrients, and killing it from the inside, out. Following a hurricane, your tree should be inspected for insect infestation.

If your trees survived the hurricane, have them inspected for problems that might be hiding below the surface. For more information, visit a website such as