How to Protect Trees from Wind Damage

Different types of trees are allowed to be planted in different types of places based on the general airflow, temperature, and humidity. 

For example, trees that are known for their tough bark are usually preferred for planting at the edges where they will likely be struck by vehicles or lawnmowers because these can damage their bark. 

However, these tough-barked trees are often not enough to stand up against the power of the wind. There are some trees uprooted wind damage

Most people think about cleaning leaves out of gutters when it starts raining but neglect to see if everything is safe with this year’s new additions to the family. 

Whether you’ve added a climbing rose or a sweet little dogwood tree recently isn’t important; matters is that your yard is full of living things, all of which are very sensitive to changes in their environment. You wouldn’t bring a new baby home without making sure the nursery is safe and secure for its arrival, right?

That’s exactly how you should go about protecting trees from wind damage too. Wind conditions can be unpredictable at times making it difficult to give general recommendations on tree protection methods. 

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However, even though specific guidelines may not always work everywhere certain measures will protect your tree no matter what sort of weather pattern is currently affecting your area.

There are several ways to protect trees from wind damage. Planting in a sheltered spot and selecting the right species of tree is the best way to protect your trees, but there are also other methods you can use to stop or reduce the damage caused by high winds.

Enough Water

The first step to protecting any plant from too much wind or cold is to make sure they have enough water to keep going if a period of bad weather does happen to appear or last for an extended period.

Securing Location

If you’re planting a sapling in the wild, avoid locations where they might be struck by lightning or have low branches broken off by strong winds, or pruned by sharp objects carried in the wind. 

While this may seem simple enough to say it would be complicated to set up perimeters around an entire field but it can be done with smaller planters for container plants on patios and decks.

Most young seedlings will start to show signs of damage after only 2 weeks under harsh weather conditions (caused by extreme cold or high wind speeds depending upon the species). 

Some trees that are more sensitive include: paperbark maple, magnolias, sweetgums, American elms, and older conifers that have been severely pruned or topped.

This damage can include breaking of branches, discolouration, sprouting of epicormic shoots, twig dieback, leaf scorch, bud death, decay of new shoots on cut surfaces due to desiccation or sunscalding followed by stem rotting.

Installing Framework

A good way to keep plants safe from damage caused by high wind speeds is to install a stout framework of posts around the dripline (edge where the trunk meets the ground) of the plant at about 50% radial height. 

Be sure that no sharp objects are sticking out of the structure for safety reasons – nobody wants to get into an accident with their tree because it was in the way! Each plant should have a sturdy and tolerant structure that it can lean into. 

This will keep plants safe by reducing wind speed and stopping branches from breaking, twisting, or getting torn out of their roots.

Protect Your Trees with Tree Shelters and Wraps

Tree shelters and wraps keep small trees safe during severe weather. The thin metal wraps do not provide any shelter for larger trees, though they may be stretched over large branches or onto smaller adjacent trees for additional support. 

Tree shelters protect seedlings and small transplants that have just been planted in your yard or on your farm field. Shelters are made of heavy-duty corrugated plastic with wire mesh on three sides to form a cylinder. 

The shelters are strong enough to support the weight of a snow load and will last for several years.

Tree Wraps and Tree Shelter Protection: Criteria

There are three criteria to consider when looking at shelter options: price, durability, and appearance. When purchasing any type of tree protection product you must look closely at all these criteria before making your purchase. 

Some products may be cheap, but they do not last long and give your trees an unsightly appearance. Other products may appear attractive, but they cost a lot more than other products with similar protective properties. 

In addition to considering price, durability, and appearance make sure the product is specifically designed for use on your species or variety of trees as well as the site conditions. 

If you are purchasing your products online or over the phone it may be important to learn more about the company selling them. 

Most tree care companies are reputable, but some have reputations for ripping off customers so it is better to go with a company that offers good customer service as well as quality products.

Tree Wraps and Tree Shelter Protection: Installation Tips

When installing any type of tree protection on your trees there are several things you should keep in mind. Each shelter must be installed properly so that it does not come loose during high winds or heavy rainfalls. 

Use ground stakes and cable ties to secure all shelters and wrap tightly to the base of your trees if they need support. Placing an anchor every few feet along the length of the tree tie will help keep it from slipping. 

Make sure that the shelter is not placed too loosely around your tree and that there are no gaps between the shelter and the trunk of your tree. It is very important to water your trees before installing any type of wind or weather protection around them.

Trees That Should Be Wrapped and Sheltered

Young, small ornamental and fruit trees should be protected using heavy-duty corrugated plastic shelters with wire mesh on three sides. 

They provide enough support for light snow loads, but they do not provide adequate fall protection when high winds hit an unprotected tree in autumn or winter; when high winds hit a tree it may uproot, break away from its support system, or have its roots damaged. 

Small saplings and young fruit trees should be protected with a metal tree guard that wraps around a small trunk, but not completely around a larger one. These will help to protect from snow loads as well as high winds.

Remember: The more care you take to protect your garden plants during harsh weather conditions, the longer they’ll live and give beauty to your yard.

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