Jim Hole's Best Advice for Wind or Snow Damaged Trees


Edmonton storms can create a lot of problems with power outages and property damage due to falling branches and toppled trees.

When trees topple or large branches break during a storm, it’s the storm that is blamed. But really, winds (unless they are hurricane force) or wet, heavy snow are just the coup-de-grace for trees and branches that are weak or damaged. If that were not the case, the newspapers would be talking about hundreds of thousands of tree toppling rather than a few hundred.

By choosing an excellent planting site—good sun, soil and space—and keeping trees in good shape, there is little danger of large branches falling or entire trees toppling.

Proper pruning is fundamental for ensuring that weak branches are removed and strong branches retained. Everyone should have a few basic pruning tools and learn how to prune them properly.

Here are somethings you should look for in your yard after a storm, and some tips on how to deal with them.


Snapped branches? Weak branches? Uneven breaks? Hole's Greenhouses carries a wide variety of Corona tools for pruning trees. Pick up a bypass pruner for regular pruning, a handsaw for those larger branches, and a pole pruner for high up branches. But, they must be high quality. I learned from my Dad that poor quality pruning tools are a bad investment. Bad tools can’t be kept sharp, break just when you need them, and are dangerous when they don’t easily cut through branches or stems.

Remember, if you are able to prune yourself, these tools are a great investment and are cost effective when compared to the cost of hiring a professional pruning service. 

Look how easily the Corona Razor Tooth Saw cuts through a thick branch!

Pruning tree branches that are at great heights with Corona Pole Pruner


Use Tree Seal to speed up the healing process of cracks & splits. We recommendMorrison's Tree Seal available here, at Hole's.

Before using tree seal, remove all snapped, hanging branches with a Corona saw or pruner, then clean up the area. See below:


If the damage is really bad, you may need to remove the tree entirely. To remove the stump, you first need to drill holes in it and fill them with Bye-Bye Weed and apply Bye-Bye Weed to the outer bark. Once the stump is dead, you can rot the stump by applying Falling Leaf Stump Remover.


Some jobs are too big to do alone and require hiring a professional company. If you are unsure about what types of tree damage you can and cannot repair yourself, visit Hole's Greenhouses for the best advice. 

Send your damaged tree questions to questions@holesonline.com and get set up with the tools you need to get your trees back in great shape.

— Jim Hole