A few weeks ago, we showed you how to identify weak points in your trees to help you avoid wind damage that could send branches through windows or otherwise damage your property. Because Southern Alberta, and Lethbridge in particular, is perpetually windy (especially with our famous chinooks) we thought it was worth it to revisit the topic, with a focus on solutions.
Plant the right tree in the right space
If you’re planting new trees, whether you’re starting from scratch or are re-landscaping your yard, try to plan your landscaping so that your trees have some shelter from that harsh west wind. This can include planting trees in bunches, taking into account where your neighbours’ trees are, or just planting them strategically behind buildings!
While you’re at it, you should put some thought into what tree goes where – some weaker trees, like the cottonwood, are prone to breaking and should be avoided in your landscaping, while others just need a little shelter and possess much more of an ability to withstand harsh winds all on their own. Spend a little time researching the best kind of trees to plant in Southern Alberta!
A good tree manicure every season
While it may seem big and strong, that doesn’t mean your tree doesn’t need some TLC every once in a while – it’s not made of stone after all. Pruning will help your tree remain healthy, thus limiting the chance it will be blown over in a windstorm. However, incorrect pruning or over-pruning can do just the opposite – harming your tree and making it more vulnerable to the ever-present Lethbridge wind. So, make sure you know what you’re doing before you set out with pruners in hand.
While pruning unhealthy branches from your tree will help keep it strong, proper trimming will lessen the wind’s impact on your tree. A good, healthy trim will also leave fewer leaves (pun totally intended) to catch the wind and create a sail effect, and it will also lower the centre of gravity on your tree – making it more stable.
Keep your trees healthy and happy
We’ve covered two very important parts in maintaining the life of your tree. But before you plant, prune or trim, make sure you know what you’re doing (we’ve got some great tips on pruning here). There is a ton of information on the specifics of each tree type for planning your yard, and taking care of your tree, which leaves (this pun was unintentional) you with no excuse for taking on tree care without the proper knowledge.
If, however, you don’t have the time or inclination to research and make sure your trees are as healthy as they can be, give us a call. We’ll send our professional arborist to help you maintain your trees, or, if needed, remove them entirely.