Tree Care and Maintenance

Seasonal Tree Care Tips:

Tree Related Storm Damage

Winter, 2018 

 

Did you know that nearly 15 times more trees failed during the Columbus Day storm in October 1962 than during the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980? While the Columbus Day storm was exceptional, with wind gusts reaching 116 mph in downtown Portland, tree-related storm damage is not uncommon in our region. This time of year, saturated soils, strong winds, and freezing rain may lead to failure of part or all of a tree, even a seemingly healthy one, which may result in lasting impacts to your landscape. However, it is important for property owners not to make hasty decisions during clean-up that can threaten their own personal safety or exacerbate property damage. There are simple steps to follow in response to tree-related storm damage to stay safe and get your landscape back in order. Check out these resources to learn more:

Video – Tree Care Tips: Storm Damage and Trees by Stihl USA

Brochure – Weathering the Storm: Safe Response to Tree-Related Storm Damage by the International Society of Arboriculture

Webpage – Tree First Aid After a Storm by the Arbor Day Foundation

 

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Link to Tree Care and Maintenance Archives
 

Archives -

Fall 2016: Preparing Trees for Winter

Summer 2016: Drought Stress

Winter 2017: Recognizing Tree Risk

Spring 2017: English Ivy Removal

Summer 2017: Trees and Turfgrasses

Fall 2017: New Tree Selection and Planting

Additional Tree Care Resources:

National Arbor Day Foundation The Morton Arboretum
Oregon Department of Forestry Tree Care Info
ISA Find an Arborist Oregon Community Trees
Oregon Department of Forestry Alliance for Community Trees

 

Right Tree in the Right Place

Use this handy guide for assistance in choosing the right species of tree based on the constraints of a site, such as overhead wires, narrow plant strips, and proximity to structures.

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"Master Plant List" - a guide to the plants that are acceptable for mitigation requirements in Lake Oswego.