Storm Damage Repair & Downed Trees

First Choice is here to help with downed tree removal, tree repair, and assist with storm damage insurance claims.

The first step in getting your home back

Storm Damage Repair

High winds, saturated soil conditions, and weak branches create the perfect storm for damage – storm damage. Property destruction from fallen limbs or trees can leave residents and their homes devastated and unsure of how to proceed. In these situations, it's essential to bring in professionals. From pre-storm prevention to post-storm clean-up, certified arborists can help to identify potentially hazardous conditions and reduce damages.

In cases of pre-storm prevention, hazards are not apparent to the untrained eye, and correcting them can be dangerous. While it is impossible to protect trees and property from severe storms totally, a certified arborist can inspect for issues that predispose trees to failure. Based on what is found, appropriate treatments like pruning, installation of tree support systems, pest management, and fertilization, can help trees and shrubs better endure weather damage.

However, more pressing, and usually more stressful for a homeowner is dealing with post-storm damages. Fallen trees against houses, garages, roofs, or electric lines create hazardous situations that must only be handled by professionals. At First Choice Tree Care, when the sirens go off and everyone heads for the basement, our work is just beginning.

Milwaukee & Wausau Downed Tree Removal

Storm Damage Services

First Choice Tree Care offers several essential storm damage services to help homeowners after a storm has taken its toll:

  • Tree Removal: Tree removal may be the only choice when dealing with the most severe damage. Removal of storm-damaged trees is significantly more complex than normal tree removal. Our expert staff of ISA Certified Arborists is trained to work safely to remove these hazardous trees. We aim to remove trees without causing further damage – either to your property or to you.
  • Tree Repair: Often, trees can be repaired by proper pruning or by placing bolts and cables in the crown of the tree. We will advise you of the best course of action for your tree.
  • Haul and Recycle Debris: Let us do the heavy and sometimes dangerous work. Fallen trees are unpredictable and react differently to forces when they are damaged. After removing debris from your roof, garage, or yard, we'll haul them to a proper recycling location.
  • Assist with Damage Insurance Claims: While we aren't insurance guys, we have a lot of experience working with insurance companies in storm damage situations, and often, we can expedite your claim by working directly with the insurance company.

Frequently Asked Questions

Arborists are trained professionals that are knowledgeable and equipped to provide proper tree care. They are specially trained to provide a variety of services to maintain trees. ISA Certified Arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through at least three years of experience and have passed a comprehensive examination. They are also required to continue their education in order to maintain their certification, ensuring their knowledge is updated on the latest arboriculture techniques. ISA Arborist Certification is a non-governmental voluntary process that operates without the mandate of law. It is an internal self-regulating device administered by the International Society of Arboriculture. Certification provides a measurable assessment of an individual's knowledge and competence required to provide proper tree care.

The type and frequency of tree care depend on the species, age, location, climate, and other factors that affect the tree's growth. The first step is to educate yourself about your trees and understand their needs. It is imperative to understand that proper tree care is a lifelong process and that planting and caring for a tree is a long-term commitment. A Certified Arborist can create a management plan to best suit the needs of each individual tree in your landscape.

Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Other names for topping include "heading," "tipping," "hat-racking," and "rounding over." Topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. It is usually done to reduce the size of a tree. Often, homeowners top their trees because they feel that they have become too large for their property and are a hazard. However, topping will make a tree more hazardous in the long term and is very harmful to the health of a tree. No educated arborist would ever "top" a tree. "Pollarding," often confused with topping, is an ornamental style of pruning popular in Europe, which involves annual trimming of the new shoots.

Mulches are organic materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture. Mulching is extremely beneficial to trees. It can reduce water loss from soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Properly applied, mulch gives landscapes a healthy dose of benefits for your trees.

As soon as you notice any abnormality in your tree's appearance, you should begin a careful examination of the problem. Insects and diseases can threaten a tree's health. You should contact a Certified Arborist for assistance immediately. By identifying the specific symptoms of damage and understanding the causes, they will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend appropriate actions for treatment.

Trees are essential to our world, offering a wide range of environmental benefits. However, trees become hazardous liabilities if they fall and injure people or damage property. Proper, constant maintenance will help prevent and identify when a tree becomes dangerous. Evaluating the seriousness of a tree's condition is best done by a Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) Arborist.

One of the best websites for consumer tree care information is For personalized service and detailed information pertaining to your trees, it is best to contact an ISA Certified Arborist to schedule a consultation. For a nominal fee, a Certified Arborist can provide you with a wealth of information, including tree identification, proper pruning, insect and disease problems, and soil nutrition.

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