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Will trees fall in high winds?Minimize risk to Seattle property with tree maintenance.

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Did you know the tops of your trees can act as a wind trap? It happens quite often and the result may be a tree falling on your house or car, which can lead to extensive damage.

You can decrease your chances of a tree falling or large branch breaking during one of our famous NW storms if you contact Eastside Tree Works for preventativetree maintenance.

What’s tree maintenance?

Also called preventative maintenance, preventative pruning or structural pruning, it covers a range of tree thinning services such as crown cleaning or crown reduction and may include one or all of the following:

  • Removal of small branches to allow wind to pass through and sunlight to reach all branches
  • Trimming or removing weak, dead or decayed branches
  • Trimming to decrease surface area of lateral branches to lessen wind resistance

All the items above reduce the likelihood of branches breaking or a tree toppling in a storm or high wind situation. Trees are wondrous and built to adjust to most things but sometimes Mother Nature delivers a whopper they just can’t compensate for and that’s when damage occurs.

That’s where preventative pruning comes in as it’s not only good for the trees, it also gives you peace of mind. You’ll feel better knowing you did what you could to keep your family safe while reducing potential damage to your home and property. Can you see that spending a little money now on your trees can save you a lot later on?

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Structural pruning vital for young trees

You don’t need to wait until trees are mature before you start tree maintenance. In fact, it’s important that structural pruning be a part of your tree maintenance from the beginning.

Trimming trees to their natural shape makes them more structurally sound as they grow. If done regularly, they will be stronger when mature and have a higher chance of coming through a big storm unharmed.

Do my trees pose a hazard?

Many people think there’s a connection between the size of a tree and the hazard it poses but it’s the health of the tree that factors into whether or not it may be a potential hazard.

So, like humans, trees need ongoing care to keep them healthy as a healthy tree is a strong tree. That means the right watering, mulching, fertilizing and pruning for its entire life.

Preventative Tree Maintenance

Certified arborist can spot problems

Eastside Tree can send out their certified arborist to examine the trees on your property to determine if there are any potential problems.

If we can identify issues like insect infestation or disease in the early stages, we can begin a treatment to fix it before the tree suffers irreversible damage.

Signs your trees need preventative pruning

Locally owned and operated, Eastside Tree Works has certified arborists to evaluate your trees and look for signs of potential problems and hazards. Anyone who has had a tree fall on their house will tell you that the time and money invested in preventative pruning is worth it.

Dead wood

Dead wood is brittle and won’t bend in strong winds like a living branch. It breaks much easier so any dead branches should be removed and any that are already broken should be taken care of ASAP.


A deep split in any tree is cause for alarm and should be examined by a tree expert to see if it extends through the bark and into the wood of the tree. If so, it’s a candidate for a future branch or tree failure.


The problem with decay is that it’s harder to verify the extent of the damage. Decay starts in the center of the tree and forms a cavity in the wood. While the inside may be hollow from decay, new wood is added to the outside of the tree as it grows. Only an expert can evaluate if the outer part of the tree is strong and sound enough so that it’s safe to keep.

Root problems

Trees with root problems are the ones that blow over in a storm so here’s what to look for when determining if you have issues.

  • Roots that have been cut or crushed
  • Tree is starting to lean
  • Soil is pushing up around the base on opposite side of lean
  • Decay in the buttress roots (roots sticking above the ground) or at base of tree

Poor tree composition

An example of this is a tree with a large branch that’s out of proportion with the rest of the tree, a tree that leans or one with a weak branch attachment (a narrow fork in the tree). If you have any of these concerns, an arborist should inspect the tree to gauge potential risk.

Free no-obligation estimate

Don’t wait until the next big storm blows in, contact Eastside Tree to schedule your free estimate today. Our experienced crews would rather do preventative pruning than to clean up fallen branches after a storm.

“We asked Eastside about pruning and caring for a large pine tree in our back yard. The branches were tied off prior to cutting so when it was free, the attached rigging kept the branches from free falling.

The remainder of the project was removing branches in danger of falling in typical northwest winds, cleaning dead branches and trimming enough to keep branches free of our new home and allow wind to pass through tree branches and not create issues. Eastside Tree Works knows what they are doing and they leave your yard as clean as it was when they began the project.”

- Ed and Flora B., Renton

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