On Hot Summer Days Beware Of Sudden Branch Drop
The Summer days we cherish are here! The sunshine and warm temperatures are nothing to take for granted in the Portland area, so everyone is out enjoying nature. But, before you set up your picnic in the park, beware of a possible danger that looms pretty much everywhere.
Sudden branch drop, otherwise known as sudden limb failure, is a common occurrence during periods of hot weather. You might hear a loud crack and then a large limb or branch will fall to the ground. It happens to all types of trees, not just a specific species, although Cottonwood, Sweetgums and Birch seem to have more frequent drops. There just aren’t always consistent, reasonable explanations for the phenomenon.
Some theorists suggest that there may be internal cracks, an adjustment in moisture, or that there could have been a sudden shift in movement on or near the branch. There are not really any definitive answers on why it happens. Sudden branch drop tends to affect trees that are mature and have large, heavy branches, and it usually happens on hot days with little to no wind.
If you are a homeowner that has large, mature trees in or around your yard or home, there are a few preventative things that you can do to help reduce your risk of experiencing sudden branch drop this summer.
Keep your trees properly maintained
Pruning your trees on a regular basis is very important. It will keep trees healthy and limbs less heavy and prone to breakage.
Water just enough
Watering your trees is important and making sure that they are properly hydrated will keep them healthy and strong. Not enough water is harmful to a tree, but too much water can be damaging too. As a general rule, water until the soil is moist, usually 30 seconds with a steady stream of water from the hose.
Remove valuables from underneath the tree, if possible
If you think you have trees that are susceptible to sudden breakage, remove benches, sheds, or other valuable items that could be damaged during a fall.
It doesn’t take much time or effort to properly take care of your trees and the result is beautiful greenery and healthier, happier environment!
For professional help with inspections, tree trimming, tree removal, and stump grinding, contact us at (503) 504-3724.