Summer Tree Safety


Summer means vacations, barbecues and trips to the beach.  But it also means thunder and lightning storms.  Professionals share how you can keep your trees safe from damage this summer.

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It's raining, it's pouring and suddenly you're dealing with a fallen tree.

"This time of year there's so much moisture in the trees, they get so heavy if they're over a structure. Things happen when the wind blows and we have these thunder storms," says Clay Cantley, Project Estimator with Miller Tree Service.

Cantley says it's all hands on deck at Miller Tree Service when thunder storms are in the forecast.

"We're just ready. We're ready, we have to be. We're expecting it, expecting the bad calls."

He says it's important to respond to calls quickly because a lot of the times the damage is serious.

"If there's any danger to the structure, or anyone in the structure or if there's any leaks in the roof we consider that an emergency."

There is a way to help prevent these situations though. Professionals recommend pruning your trees and cutting off the dead wood, especially above structures. If you think there may be a problem, call a tree service.

"You get signs. Like for instance, with a pine tree you see the needles are brown when your other pines are green. That's a warning sign," says Cantley. "If your bark starts falling off or the pine cones are falling when others are not, that's a really big warning sign."

So as is in most cases, it's better to be safe than sorry.


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