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South West London escaped with relatively minimal damage on Saturday and Microbee's tree teams were not inundated with calls. We saw a lot of deadwood, which by rights should have been spotted and removed brought down and a few footpaths blocked but no serious disruption.
The rain has however softened soil a fair bit and, if the high winds return as expected later this week, things could get worse.
Kent saw a lot of deadwood and overburdened branches brought down. I saw a large willow, previously damaged by lightening shed a trunk near Tonbridge in an extremely strong gust on Saturday afternoon.

Microbee's general advice to householders with trees is to check them now that the leaves are coming off. If you see dead branches or the fruiting bodies of fungi, get a specialist in to check them and if necessary deadwood them before they become a problem.

Just to add to my previous notes.
One additional thing to look out for on garden trees is Ivy. It tends to hide problems on trees like dead or dying branches by smothering them in its own growth.
Being evergreen it also doesn't allow an easy inspection of the underlying support.
Ivy increases the "Windage" of a tree. Like the sail on a boat, it increases the profile of every branch and trunk and when strong winds come, the pressures can be far in excess of what strengths the tree grew to to support itself.
If it is also hiding dead wood, the results can be catastrophic. More on

Luckily the rain and high winds occured once the majority of the trees have dropped thier leaves which reduces the windsail and chance of failure.

I would advise that tree owners have thier tree stock inspected on a regular basis, build up a good relationship with a local reliable contractor and they will probably inspect your trees visually once a year free of charge, at Beechwood Trees and Landscapes we often return year on year to our clients there fore undertkaing a proactive approach to the maintenance of trees rather than costly emergency work. If you would like one of our qualified Arboriculturists to provide a free inspection please email us

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