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Storm Damage and NJ Tree Services.

Storm Damage and NJ Tree Services

Mark Twain famously said,

“Everybody loves to talk about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”

Most tree care professionals will probably disagree with this assessment—a great deal of the work done on landscape trees is undertaken with the weather in mind.

For example, tasks like trimming, pruning and removal work to combat the effects of wind and snow; planting the right species for the local climate; creating shade to keep homes cool; the list goes on. And when stormy weather strikes, it’s tree care companies that are often the first call made by property owners to come in and make things right.


“During a storm, trees can end up anywhere—on a building, on a car, on power lines,” says Eugene Brennan of Brennan’s Tree Service, based out of Vauxhall, NJ.


With over three decades in the tree care business, Eugene says he’s developed a pretty effective system for prioritizing calls that come in to the office. The staff at Brennan’s Tree Service follows a protocol to ask for specific information that will help them determine how a particular storm cleanup call should be prioritized (existing customers always top the list).

Thanks to smartphones, the ability to receive visuals from customers instantly has proven very handy.  Eugene, says customers can send him images via smartphone so he can put priority and safety issues at the top of the to do list.


Eugene scouts to assess the drivability of various job sites, hoping to prevent a situation where a large truck, or piece of equipment, and ends up unable to get through.


The Post Storm Tree Removal Process

The first step in responding to a storm is always to make safety the priority, says Eugene. He thinks back to Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Northeast in 2012. “Obviously, even though we were getting calls [while the hurricane was happening], I’m not calling my crews in then. I’m not going to put someone on a roof in the middle of a hurricane.”


Brennan’s Tree Service conducts a pre-storm plan, where the crews are on notice and equipment is prepared ahead of the storm and the calls coming into to do many of the various storm damage tree removals.

With the Essex, Union and Morris county area being densely populated, housing is closely developed and a big tree can have an impact on several homeowners at once.  Brennan’s tree removal crews are on call and work long hours, sometimes for weeks to clean up after a storm rips through the area.


The Dangers of Storm Damage Tree Removal

Removing a tree from a front or backyard is a lot easier then removing a big silver maple or red oak from on top a house or building.  With more stress points, plus being careful not to do more damage to the property, care must be taken so limbs don’t snap back, puncture roofs, windows or worse have a heavy trunk crush a wall or snap the roof framing.  The trunks of a large tree are weighted in tons not pounds.


With downed electric wires and cables wrapped in the limbs, crew safety and shock hazards must me taken into account.  If needed, the electric company needs to be notified and Brennan’s Tree Service, lets them assess the danger and works with the power companies to remove trees and limbs to restore power and cable.


Not only downed wire, but underground utilities such as gas lines and sewer lines can be punctured when a storm damaged tree falls and a broken limb, is driven deep in the ground from the weight of the tree.  Eugene says, “We are listening for hissing sounds, smelling for gases and take site evaluations serious when first coming on the site.”

Working with Customers

Brennan’s Tree Service does not travel outside their normal coverage area to “chase” storm work—meaning that after a storm event, it’s often their own existing customers who they’re working with. Many time’s these are people who have suffered destruction to their homes and properties, so working with them means more than cleaning up the trees and branches.

Brennan’s Tree Service, serves the Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange, Summit, Mountainside, Irvington, Caldwell, Union, Madison, Scotch Plains, Berkley Heights and surrounding communities.


“Usually with storm work, you have to work with the insurance companies—understanding who pays, and how you get paid,” says Eugene. He adds he often has to assist the homeowner in communicating with their insurance company.


Brennan’s Tree Service says, “You may have no recourse with your insurance company because your trees didn’t hit anything. The way insurance companies work is, if the tree doesn’t hit a house, car or structure. Insurance companies don’t pay to remove the tree.  Even if a tree does hit a house, a homeowner’s insurance policy typically will only pay to get the tree off the house—not for any of the related cleanup and debris removal work.”


And storm cleanup isn’t something that occurs only after large “named” storms that make the news. “A couple of Friday’s ago we had a very windy day.”  A couple of emergency calls came in, then some more, and eventually two of the company’s crews were brought in to respond. Sometimes, Eugene adds, it’s something as simple as a summer thunderstorm, heavy wet spring snow or winter ice event that causes tree damage that needs to be cleaned up. Because talking about the weather is one thing, but when you’re in the tree business, people want you to do something about it.


Brennan’s Tree Service is available for all your tree care needs.


We offer pre-storm assessments and trimmings, to post storm clean-ups.  Brennan’s Tree Service a trusted tree care service, serving Essex, Union and Morris Counties of New Jersey, since 1964.


Related News about the latest storms.

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Tree crashes onto house in New Jersey during storm

Snow and wind keep tree services busy

The Benefits of Getting Your Trees Serviced in the Winter.

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The Benefits of Getting Your Trees Serviced in the Winter.


  • The trees are dormant

  • You can see the structure of the tree

  • The ground is harder, so the equipment doesn’t impact the yard

  • Discounts on the service

  • Better blooms in the spring

  • In harmony with nature


As your trees lose their leaves in the fall, they are preparing for the long cold winter ahead.  This is a perfect time to have those limbs pruned, trees shaped and in the worst case  trees removed.  This is the time of the year that little impact is done to the trees growth.


The leaves gone now, so it is much easier to shape your trees as all the branch, limb and trunk structure is visible.  All those dead branches, limbs going in wild directions and a balance of trunk/branch/limb sculpting can be easily seen.


With most tree services, heavy equipment is needed.  From bucket trucks, cranes and stump grinders, equipment is needed to do your tree work in a safe and professional manner.  A licensed tree care expert knows how to do the work properly, professionally and with a light impact to other landscapes.  Winter is the best time to get those big trees serviced and for those trees in soft soil or heavily landscaped areas serviced as to not impact the growing season or soft soils.  The last thing you want is rutting or disturbed landscapes.


The winter months are normally a slow time for most businesses and a tree service is no different.  Many will offer discounts to keep their workers busy through the cold months.  Good help is hard to find and most tree services will be willing to negotiate a fair cost on your tree removal or pruning service to keep those good workers working.


Winter tree servicing makes a big difference in your spring blooms.  With the removal of selected branches and limbs, the stored energy your tree has, come spring, really makes the trees have a healthy bloom.  Plus, disease and insect infestation will be almost non-existing.  Bugs are gone and air borne tree diseases are very low.

The winter is the best time for tree service work, because it works in harmony with nature.  There are no birds nesting, squirrels and other tree living animals are hibernating or tucked away for the cold winter days.  There are no young of the year to disturb.  Winter is the perfect time to have your trees serviced if your trees are the playground of birds and small mammals.


Call Brennan’s Tree Service Today!

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About Us

Tree Services

Eugene M Brennan Tree Experts Inc. is a family owned, second generation tree care company, originally established in 1964 by Gene’s father, Eugene R Brennan. Brennan Tree Experts provides year round tree care to both residential and commercial properties in Essex, Union, Morris and surrounding counties.

As your tree care professional, Brennan’s Tree Experts offers the following services; pruning, tree removal, storm damage, new plantings, preventive care, tree maintenance which includes fertilization and pest and disease control, cabling and bracing, lightning protection and vertical mulching (deep aeration).

As a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, Gene will advise and provide diagnoses of your trees, recommend treatments, and if need be, complete evaluative appraisals in situations that necessitate experience in the science of arboriculture. Both Eugene and his father have attained the designation of New Jersey Certified Tree Expert which means that they “have been examined and proven to be competent in the science and art of diagnosing, treating and preventing tree injuries” by the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.