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Articles tagged with: Broken Limbs

Wind Loading in Trees

on Saturday, 23 March 2013.

By Mark Mortensen, ISA Certified Arborist, RM-1002

Two other common requests are to thin a tree out excessively to minimizing the likelihood of broken limbs from high winds, or to raise the canopy on spruce or pine trees.

Again, like the snow loading in trees, if this request is fulfilled and the tree is excessively thinned or raised the tree may actually become more vulnerable to storm damage. Let me explain why a denser tree can better survive and "weather the storm" without storm damage, limb failure or being "wind-thrown."