Tree Care: Monsoon SeasoN
THE PERIOD FROM JUNE 15TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH HAS BEEN DEFINED AS THE MONSOON.
The term monsoon derives from the Arabic word "Mausim" meaning "season" or "wind shift." It is, quite literally, a shift in wind direction that causes the meteorological event. Depending on their size and duration, a downburst may be called a "macroburst" or a "microburst." The period from June 15th through September 30th has been defined as "The Monsoon." This period of summer usually brings the extreme heat, which is sometimes followed by excessive moisture in the air causing vibrant thunderstorms brought on by the very fast wind. Thunderstorms present an array of hazards that often strike suddenly and with violent force. When preceded by heavy rain, a tree will be even more vulnerable to heavy winds. Heavy rain can cause an over-saturation of the soil, so even a tree with healthy roots has a weaker hold. In this case, the bulk of the root system will become exposed if the tree falls over. Even one's best efforts cannot prepare a tree to withstand the fiercest of winds accompanying monsoon storms. However, there is a lot of preparation you can and should do to diminish potential storm damage to your trees. The most important tip is to pay attention - monitor your trees when heavy wind or rain is coming, and take the appropriate steps as needed. You can always contact us if you have a particular concern.
"Three-fourths of the damage that trees incur during storms is predictable and preventable."