As a homeowner, maintaining your trees and landscape is an ongoing responsibility. While regular trimming and pruning are par for the course, there are certain urgent situations when you can’t afford to wait – times when emergency tree services are essential for protecting your property and family. 

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If you encounter any of the following scenarios, don’t delay in calling our team at East Coast Tree Service for emergency tree service:

When to Call Emergency Tree Service

Storm Damage

One of the most common reasons for an emergency tree service call is after a powerful storm blows through. High winds, heavy rain or ice can split trunks, uproot trees, or break off large branches. Fallen trees leaning on homes, vehicles or power lines are an obvious hazard that need to be removed immediately before causing serious damage or injury.  

Cracked or Hanging Branches  

Whether from a storm or gradual deterioration, if you spot large branches cracked, hanging precariously, or showing signs of breaking, consider it an emergency. Calling an arborist crew to remove the hazard branch safely is crucial before it drops without warning.  

Sudden Trunk Failure or Lean

If a seemingly healthy tree unexpectedly starts leaning to one side or you notice cracking, bulging or other signs of potential trunk failure, don’t wait! These are warning signs that the tree could topple over with little notice. Get an emergency tree service crew to assess it before it crashes down.

Deep Rutting or Uprooting  

When you see a tree’s root plate rising out of the ground or deep rutting around the trunk, it indicates active uprooting is occurring – often after heavy rains saturate the soil. These destabilized trees pose a falling risk and need emergency stabilization or removal before they uproot completely.

Electrical Line Conflicts

If you see branches entangled, rubbing on, or falling into overhead power lines, this creates serious electrocution and fire hazard risks. Attempting removal yourself is extremely dangerous – only professional utility arborists should handle these situations.  

Split or Cracked Trunks/Leaders

Whether from storm impacts, structural issues or lightning strikes, if a tree’s main trunk or upright leader develops large cracks or splits, the tree is severely compromised and at risk of breaking apart unexpectedly. Call an emergency tree service before the trunk gives way entirely.  

Fungal Problems or Infestations

While many tree diseases progress gradually, some fungal pathogens like oak wilt or emerald ash borer spread rapidly and can decimate trees in a short period. At the first signs of a potentially serious infection, seek emergency tree service to prevent wider contamination.

How to Be Prepared for Emergencies

Of course, being prepared before an emergency even occurs is always ideal. Here are some steps homeowners can take to prepare their trees in advance and help avoid damage during storms or natural disasters:

1. Pruning

Regular pruning is key – have an arborist thin out the canopy and remove dead, damaged or loosely attached branches that may break off in high winds. Properly pruned trees are more wind-resistant.

2. Cabling/Bracing

If you have trees with codominant trunks or heavy outward-facing limbs, installing cable or brace rod support systems can provide supplemental support during storms.

3. Inspect Trees

Routinely check your trees for signs of disease, pests, rot, cracking or other structural issues. Addressing problems early prevents worsening.

4. Mulch Trees

Applying a 2-4 inch layer of mulch around the base (avoiding direct tree contact) helps retain soil moisture and prevents surface roots from being exposed and destabilized.

5. Avoid Topping

Never “top” trees by indiscriminately sawing off the uppermost branches – this makes trees more susceptible to breakage and decay over time.  

6. Secure Trees

Install supportive tree stakes or Underground Root Ball Stabilization systems for younger trees to prevent uprooting during saturated soil conditions.

7. Clear Surrounding Area 

Remove any outdoor fixtures, play sets or yard items that could become windborne debris striking and damaging trees in severe weather.  

8. Have a Plan

Identify hazardous tree situations and keep the contact information for an emergency tree service handy in case a rapid response is required after a storm strikes.

Ultimately, following best practices for tree maintenance puts homeowners in a better position to avoid preventable storm damage. But when extreme weather hits, having trees professionally evaluated is still recommended – some hazards may not be easily noticeable beforehand. 

Our team of experts at East Coast Tree Service can help assess and mitigate any potential damage from trees. 

Next Steps: Schedule Your Tree Assessment Today

Any time you suspect a tree poses an imminent threat to people, property or utilities, don’t wait! Prioritize your safety and call an emergency tree service company at the first indication of danger. Certified arborists have the equipment and expertise to quickly evaluate and address hazardous tree situations to prevent accidents.

If you’re concerned about the potential safety hazards of one or several of your trees in the event of an emergency, contact us today at (781) 518-8014. We’ll help assess and prepare your trees to ensure your home and yard’s optimal safety.

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