How to Remove Plant Overgrowth to Save Your Roof from Damage

A significant and important part of maintaining your roof involves removing any plant overgrowth that can cause it harm. Inspecting your roof, and identifying any problems with the plants or trees that surround your home, can help minimize the risk of damage during a storm.

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Plant and tree overgrowth will often generate problems when large limbs become suspended or hang over the roof area. The potential danger it creates could cause significant harm should a limb or branch break off during a storm, high winds or in the event of a lightning strike.

It is imperative to cut back every bush or plant that has grown higher than the roof line. Additionally, leaving dense vegetation along the perimeter of your home without proper drainage can often cause significant issues with the foundation of the house when water becomes trapped in the area. During the fall months, remove as much vegetation as possible, to prepare for the next upcoming growing season.

While you might not consider pruning and trimming plant and trees a fun experience, with proper care it can be performed quickly without causing harm to the tree.

    • Step #1 – For relatively small tree limbs, make a cut on the underside of the limb sawing upwards about one third of the way (this is essential for the health of the tree). Next, make a second cut starting from the top, at least a foot or two farther out a way from the trunk, from your first cut.

    • Step #2 – Saw all the way through, cutting off the limb. Since you already cut the underside in the previous step, there is no way the bark will strip itself to the trunk, once the limb begins to fall.

    • Step #3 – Make your final cut at a location on the branch where it meets the trunk. There should be a small area that still flares out once the cut is complete. When properly cut, the area will produce scar tissue and fresh bark. In time, a donut-looking ring will appear to heal over the area.

To spare the tree or large plant, timing is critical. Removing limbs and tree branches through the late fall into early winter reduces harm from disease pathogens that become inactive during the dormant time of year.

It is always a wise decision to remove plant growth that could cause harm to your roof. Performing regular maintenance on your plants and trees will significantly reduce damage to your home.

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