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Is Your Tree Safe From Storms?

8:36 PM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
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  • Courtesy: Keith & Julien Yates Trees For Life
    
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Georgia is known for its abundance of trees, and for many homeowners, large, mature trees in their yard were one of the selling points. But Mother Nature doesn't spare these trees, so what can you do to protect them?

(1) There are pruning techniques to lessen the wind resistance in the tree. Such as pruning the broken and crossing branches, and thinning out the overall number of branches.

(2) "There are cabling techniques that where you're bracing limbs together that might be structurally weak, but you can still preserve the tree," explains Chris Heim, Davey Tree & Lawn Care District Manager.

(3) Lightning protection systems can be put in trees to help them be protected from lightning strikes. This way, if lightning strikes the top of your tree, it follows a copper wire along the side of the tree and directs the current safely down into the ground

Rotted trees are often the first to fall during storms, so to tell if your tree is rotted or diseased look for mushroom growth, dead branches, thinning crown, or the entire tree is leaning. If you see any of these, call a professional arborist.

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