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Jul 20

Recovering from Wind

Posted on July 20, 2021 at 10:38 AM by Krislyn Powell

Arizona's monsoon season is here and active! But, although we love the rain, strong winds can wreak havoc on trees. 

Young trees can be vulnerable to falling over in high winds. However, if the ground is soft, the trees can usually be straightened and restaked. Stake newly planted tree with 2" diameter by 8' or 10' length (depending upon the tree's height) pressure-treated stakes. Attach guy wires to the stakes and a large diameter wire loop that surrounds the tree trunk. When creating the loop around the trunk never use just the wire, run the wire through an old piece of hose, irrigation poly or ties designed for tree support.  The loop around the trunk should be at least one foot in diameter, and the tree trunk should be able to move freely. A tree should NEVER be tied so tightly that it cannot sway a little. 

Hopefully, you pruned your more mature trees before monsoon season began. If not, get to it ASAP! Remove dead branches, crossed branches and thin the tree canopy, paying particular attention to Palo Verdes, Acacias and Mesquites that are especially prone to damage from high winds. Be sure only to trim branches that you can reach from the ground-avoid using ladders! Higher limbs need to be taken care of by a landscape professional.

We hope you-and your trees-have a refreshing, rainy monsoon with no lasting wind damage! Learn more tree care tips on our website's Learning Center at

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