After another hot summer,
we are now facing winter storms. The precipitation is certainly welcome to our
region, but harsh storms can damage our trees. Many trees stressed by recent
drought have decaying or dead branches that could fall during a windy storm.
How can we protect our
trees and ourselves during the stormy months? Now is the time to examine your
trees and prune if needed! Take a walk outside and really inspect your forest. Look
for broken, dead, or diseased branches that could be a hazard and need to be
removed. Excessive amounts of fungal growth on a branch could also be a sign of
decay. Or, you might have entire dead trees that need to come out for safety. Strong,
well-maintained trees should weather the season just fine.