Winter brings hazardous weather conditions when it comes to trees. Loose branches can cause havoc, and weak root systems can cause huge trees to collapse. As the leading provider of emergency tree removal in Mount Laurel, we’ve written this piece to describe some situations that can occur during winter that require immediate tree-removal

Stormy Weather

Even nature’s toughest trees will bend and break during extreme weather conditions. The amount of damage that they cause depends on the severity of the storm.

High winds caused by rainstorms, hurricanes, or tornadoes are some of the more common causes of tree storm damage. There is also a phenomenon known as “windthrow,” which occurs when the canopy of a tree catches a large amount of air, uprooting it from its soil.

Also, “crown twists” can occur when an uneven canopy of branches and leaves causes the tree to twist in the strong winds. This can potentially damage the trunk irreparably. Weak trees can fall prey to “stem failure,” or the snapping of their trunks. With little support, the trees collapse and die.

Water Problems

Excess water caused by flooding and downpours can cause sediment to loosen around a tree. This leaves the root system exposed, especially if the species has shallow roots. This can weaken the tree’s anchor and cause it to topple.

Snow and Ice Issues

Massive ice buildup and snowfall can overburden the boughs of a tree, causing the tree to split or the branches to break under the weight.


In extreme cases, a lightning strike could boil the water within a tree’s cells, peeling a long strip of bark from the tree or burning the wood down to the roots. In rare cases, lightning will slice entire branches from a tree.

Your Tree Looks Sick

On some occasions, trees’ health problems lie within. Viruses, fungi, and pests will enter a tree through wounds, slowly killing the organism from the inside. At some point, the tree will become unsalvageable, making emergency removal the safest and most efficient solution.

Symptoms of tree disease include:

  • Burnt, yellowed, wilted or spotted leaves
  • Dusty white mildew
  • Gall (lumpy or spherical growths)
  • Clusters of new shoots
  • Cankers (hollow pits)
  • Holes in bark or leaves

Tree Branches Are Broken or Loose

Many broken branches can be taken care of using strategic pruning methods without causing harm to the tree. However, there are extreme conditions where missing limbs lead to tree death

If a tree loses over 50% of its branches, it won’t be able to produce enough leaves to feed itself throughout the next growing season. In these cases, trees should be removed to make space for new life to grow in your garden.

For more information, to schedule tree removal in Pennsauken, or for 24-hour emergency services, contact a member of the Big Timber Tree Service Team today.

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