Under normal weather conditions, trees are able to sway in the wind and these movements are critical for limiting damage. It is the abnormal weather condition and storm that can overwhelm a tree's ability to contain damages. Unfortunately there is simply no way to protect all trees from all types of storm damage. Most trees are not adapted to survive worst-case storms.
Every tree will face at least one storm during its lifetime. A tree is never in greater danger than during a storm. That can mean a threat from pounding rain and hail, from the fury of the wind, from the scorch of lightning or the weight of ice on branches and leaves. Here are seven tips designed to help minimize the impact of storms on trees and property in your yard or in your forest.