It’s springtime in Oklahoma and that means severe weather.  Located in the Southern Plains and in the heart of Tornado Alley, Oklahoma weather can wreak havoc on trees.  Thunderstorms, high winds, and tornadoes can result in entire trees being snapped over or uprooted and broken branches and stems that can cause extensive damage or pose extreme risks.

This tree snapped over during a severe thunderstorm.


While no tree is safe from Mother Nature, some trees are more susceptible to severe weather. Trees with certain conditions, like cracked soil, root rot, clustered canopies, or poor branch structure (such as codominant stems), are more likely to fail in extreme weather.  Regular tree maintenance, including trimming, pruning, and/or cabling can help prevent trees from sustaining and/or causing damage during a storm.  Annual inspection by an ISA Certified Arborist is also recommended.


Safely removing a large stem or tree off of a home or other property is an extremely tedious process that requires a high level of skill and knowledge to prevent further damage or personal injury.  Tree work is already inherently dangerous and in many cases, downed trees can present even more of a danger as they may be tangled with other trees or electrical lines or may have fallen onto or through property.

This Bradford pear with codominant stems failed in a rain/wind storm and had to be removed.

The proper response to a tree emergency requires expert experience, technique, and tools and it is extremely important to hire a professional and qualified tree service.  When hiring a tree service to respond to storm damage, you should look for a local tree service with an established reputation.  The company should be fully insured for both liability and workers’ compensation and have extensive experience with trimming and/or removing storm-damaged trees, including cleaning up and hauling away all debris in a safe and efficient manner.

Be wary of tree services that are not local, cannot verify full insurance (both liability and workers’ compensation), or that require money up front.  After a storm, even if your trees do not exhibit obvious signs of damage, you should have your trees inspected by a Certified Arborist to determine future susceptibility to extreme weather conditions.

This willow was completely uprooted during the July 2016 Derecho.


TREES BY JAKE is a full-scale emergency tree service in Tulsa, Oklahoma fully insured for both liability and workers’ compensation.  Over the years, our crew has responded to various emergency tree situations resulting from various types of severe weather, including the July 2016 Derecho and the August 2017 tornado, and we are properly trained and equipped in the removal and trimming of hazardous trees.  Contact us today at 918-500-9955 if you have a Tulsa tree emergency and check us out on social media on Facebook, InstagramTwitter!

This mulberry split during the August 2017 tornado.