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High winds? Inspect your cedar elms (and all trees) afterward

April 10, 2017 by Scott

With the recent storms in Flower Mound and Lewisville, it is a important to inspect your trees for limb cracks.  Often a limb may crack in a storm, but not fail completely until a later time, sometimes a few years later.  The cedar elm is very prone to developing longitudinal cracks in the limbs, especially the upright stems.  Here are some trees at a residence in Lewisville after the recent storm:

                  Tree with co-dominant stem split                                               Tree with main trunk split

Cedar elm co-dominant splitCedar elm main stem split

Make sure you inspect your trees periodically and especially after a high wind event.  If a tree splits or cracks, it can often be saved.  If you see cracks or splits, call Tree Shepherds and have an arborist inspect them to see if they can be saved or if the damaged stem or whole tree must be removed because of the risk for failure in the future.