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Ice Storm Tree Tips

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Tree Tips for Ice Storm Damage

Oklahoma is no stranger to extreme weather conditions, and this wintry mix we are experiencing is forecasting some potential damage to the trees in your backyard along with the trees across our city. So, how do we restore our once healthy trees after the damage is done? Up With Trees, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) have some tips for ice damage management. 

Contacting Your Local Arborist: 

  • Of course, you don’t need to deal with damaged trees by yourself, especially if it is a close call on whether to remove it or not. 
  • If large limbs are broken or hanging, or if a ladder is required, it is best to call an arborist. Large limb danger is generally more likely than complete removals. 
  • Up With Trees has four certified arborists on staff, ready to assist you with your damage assessment needs.

Identify Tree Damage:

  • First, safety is the most important thing! When analyzing trees, do not put yourself in harm’s way. 
  • Identifying damage to a tree is extremely important, as downed or damaged trees lose their value after a certain period of time because of decay. If more than 75% of the tree is damaged, trees have a very low chance of survival. 
  • The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry gives this initial advice: “Remove dead trees; trees leaning severely; trees with broken or cracked stems; trees with extensive broken roots; and any large, dead, or broken limbs that are still attached to the tree.”

City of Tulsa Green Waste:

  • When you have downed limbs, or when you finally decide to remove your trees, you can take your green waste to a facility that will turn it into mulch!
  • Drop-off: tree branches, grass clippings, and leaves
  • Pick-up: unlimited amount of free firewood and wood chips
  • Address & Hours: 2100 N. 145th E. Ave. Tulsa, Oklahoma | 7:30am to 5pm

For questions regarding damage to your trees, please contact our office at trees@upwithtrees.org or 918.610.8733.

For more ISA resources, click here.