Why You Need a Certified Arborist to Prune Your Trees before the Storm

August 24, 2020 |

When you hear on your local weather report that a hurricane or a Nor’easter is heading up the East Coast, what is your first thought?

Does your mind go to that old oak tree in the backyard that may fall during this storm?

Prevention is the Best Medicine for Your Mature Trees

If you live in the woods or have mature trees on your Rockland County or Bergen County property, you want to take preventative care before the storm. And you know that the Atlantic Ocean can send some pretty violent hurricanes during the fall.

If you have large trees on your property, you want to prune them before the next powerful storm hits the Hudson Valley.

According to TreesAreGood.org, professional tree care is more of an investment—especially if you want to get ahead of any storms. You’ll get a return on your investment every time you hire your local certified arborist.

In addition to that added peace of mind, pruned trees make your property appear more attractive as well as increases your property’s value.

However, when you neglect to prune your mature trees, you risk considerable property damage to your yard or to your neighbor’s home. Look at hiring an arborist near you as a way of eliminating a claim.

If you’re a DIY’er, keep in mind that trimming large trees is dangerous work. A certified arborist knows how to prune a mature tree safely. Plus, he has the equipment to climb a large tree to take it down starting from the top.

Prune or Remove an Old Tree?

You may like to err on the side of caution when it comes to your mature trees by removing them instead of pruning them.

But you may not realize that older trees can live for many years if they’re correctly pruned. When you hire a certified arborist, he’ll examine your trees for safety. Your Rockland County arborist evaluates your tree’s health and determines if pruning will improve the following:

  • The tree’s health
  • The tree’s appearance
  • The tree’s safety.

When your arborist prunes your trees, he’ll cut these specific parts of the tree:

  1. Any tree branch that interferes with utilities, your home, and other outdoor structures.
  2. Any part of the tree that interferes with streets or sidewalks.
  3. Any dead, diseased, or weak limbs that could fall during high winds.
  4. Any part of the tree that has an insect problem.
  1. Any part of the tree that experienced storm damage in the past.
  1. Parts of the tree that improve light penetration and reduce wind resistance.
  1. Your Bergen County arborist will only remove the tree as a last resort—his goal is to save your tree.

If the arborist decides that it’s time to take down one of your trees, it will be for one of the following reasons:

  1. The tree poses a significant risk to property and people.
  2. The tree still obstructs the ability to walk or drive around it after the tree received pruning.
  1. The tree crowds into other trees—including healthy ones.
  1. It’s time to remove the mature tree and replace it with younger stock.

Call Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape for All of Your Tree Care Needs

Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape’s owner, Joe Holland, is a certified arborist who been in the tree business since 1985 in the Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ region. Joe will make sure that your trees get the best pruning care available.

If you want to prevent your old tree from falling or having a large limb hit your neighbor’s roof during a hurricane or a massive snowstorm, make an appointment with Joe today at (845) 708-2988 for Rockland County, NY properties and (201) 788-7191 for Bergen County, NJ properties.

You can also fill out our contact form, and someone from our office will respond to you shortly.

At Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape, we serve the following cities in Rockland County, NY and Bergen County, NJ: New City, Nyack, Stony Point, Montebello, and Park Ridge.


MortonArb.org, “Tree Care Before and After Storms.

TreesAreGood.org, “Why Hire an Arborist?