In Maryland, the Atlantic hurricane season starts at the beginning of June and closes at the end of November. Statistically, the highest potential risk of a hurricane is in mid-September. Hurricane wind speeds can easily reach above 150 mph. That’s like having a massive tornado rip through the area.

While not all risks can be mitigated, homeowners in Maryland should be proactive against hurricane damage by conducting annual tree management and/or inspection of any that are at risk of causing damage if they fall.

Schedule Tree Service Proactively

Don’t wait for the threat to arrive. By the time you know a hurricane is heading toward the coast, it will be too late to get on an arborist’s schedule.

Early spring is the best time to have preventative tree service work done. This is when most trees are still dormant and can tolerate pruning well. However, many trees can also be pruned safely after they have bloomed. Your arborist will know when individual species can tolerate pruning.

Prepare Trees for Hurricane Damage 

Trees in doubt should come out. If your arborist identifies a hazard tree that has obvious risks of falling on your valued possessions like your home, vehicles, structure, driveway, fence (or those of your neighbor), take it down.

Remember, your homeowners’ insurance has the right to deny coverage of damage in the event a diseased or dead tree has not been maintained.

For those trees that stay:

Inspect for Potential Issues

During the rest of the season, keep an eye on your trees for any signs of pest or disease. That could include:

Allowing these trees to go unmanaged can mean the problem spreads to adjacent trees on your property.

Have questions about managing the trees on your property?

Call us today schedule an appointment, or fill out a quote request. We’d be happy to provide a free tree assessment to diagnose any trees of concern and inspect others on your property.

Operating from Glen Arm, MD, Manor Tree Service works in the eastern Baltimore County and western Harford County.