Friday, October 31, 2014

Video series helps homeowners recognize tree health risks

Trees are critical to preserving and protecting the natural environment. They improve air quality, help retain storm water, provide homes and food for a variety of wildlife, and save energy. And, of course, they help make Calgary the beautiful city it is.

The September snowstorm damaged trees throughout the city to various extents. In some cases, only minor pruning is required to repair the damage. In others, trees are beyond the point of saving and have to be removed.

Video series helps assess damage

While The City of Calgary is not responsible for trees on private property, this video is the first in a series on what to look for when assessing a damaged tree. The video looks at four trees with different types of damage:
  • A tree with minimal damage
  • A tree with more than 50 per cent breakage
  • A tree that lost a central branch critical to its structural integrity
  • A tree with an open ‘wound’ and the risk of leaving it as is 
Preventing injury and damage

“No one wants to take a tree down, but sometimes it’s necessary to prevent damage to property or personal injury,” says Anita Schill, registered consulting arborist.

She explains that the health of a damaged tree before the storm is a good indicator of how well it will recover. Its survival also depends on the extent and type of damage, and the impact of damage on the tree’s structure.

Watch the first video:

Submitted by Donna Bertrand, Community Services and Protective Services

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