It has been astounding to drive around the city and view the destruction that was caused by this brief storm - only lasting for about a half hour. Unfortunately, in our surveys of the trees around town, it looks like about 80% of damage was predictable: the trees had pre-existing conditions that could have been treated, preventing most of the damage. This is why regular inspections are necessary!
Jeff, our resident arborist, says that out of about 250,000 trees in Fort Wayne, 5-10% of them were destroyed in the storms. Even if your tree wasn't completely demolished, it may have damage that you can't see. Arborists have many diagnostic tests that they use to determine the health and viability of trees. Protecting your home and family is important, so you should have your trees inspected on a regular basis (at least once every 5 years if you don't have any pre-existing conditions).
If you're considering planting a tree beneath or around power lines, I&M has created a handy little page to show the guidelines of planting around power lines. Of course, not every tree on the list will be ideal for your yard, so you should contact us before you plant anything!
If you don't have to be concerned about a power line that runs near your home, you can concentrate purely on aesthetics and benefits! The process takes some time:
All of these factors must be determined before selecting the perfect tree for your yard! Picking out the right tree is complicated, which is why we're here to help! Jeff says that at any given time, there are 300-400 trees available on the market: Don't get overwhelmed, just give us a call and we'd be happy to come look at your house and provide you with the perfect options for your home.
We're making a better future for your trees!
Jeff Ling is a Registered Consulting Arborist and Co-Founder of TreeMasters, Inc., a full service arbor-care company, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It services tree owners with scientific tree management services throughout Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio.