Ready For Hurricane Season? Inspect Your Trees.
And when the storms roll in, those trees can either help protect your home or destroy it.
According to Meg Niederhofer, a local tree expert, it's not about cutting down trees. Instead, it's about making sure the trees on your property are healthy.
"If you suspect a problem with the health of your tree, you should seek a diagnosis," Niederhofer said.
Niederhofer says its important to identify weak spots in trees on your property before it's too late.
Homeowner Carol Hill of Northwest Gainesville knows exactly what it's like to deal with fallen limbs and toppled trees after a storm. But thanks to a stronger tree on her property, which caught the fallen tree, her house was spared from damage. Niederhofer says healthy trees provide protection to the home from severe weather.
"If you have an unhealthy tree, it's a liability. If you have a healthy tree, it's a tremendous benefit," Niederhofer said.
A lesson Carol Hill learned firsthand. So now she plans to take a closer look at a suspicious tree next to her house.
"We're paying more attention, and it doesn't take just your trees. It could be your neighbor's trees. They do blow," Hill said.
If you notice signs of decay or weakness in your trees, talk to a certified arborist. Most tree services have one on staff. They can tell you if the tree is in good health or not and recommend what steps to take.
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