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Davey shares advice on preventing damage to your home during a storm.

It’s been raining cats and dogs this spring in many U.S. regions … well, at least it feels that way.

Spring’s stormy weather has really challenged us … and our trees. And all this rain and wind has many asking what they can do to prevent damage that possible fallen or snapped branches can cause.

For instance, Stow Patch (http://www.stow.patch.com) asked The Davey Tree Expert Co. for their advice. And our answers inspired an article.

Read Davey’s tips below or read Megan Rozsa's story in Stow Patch. – Nicole Wisniewski


Davey Tree's Tips for Protecting Against Storm Damage

We asked Davey Tree for some tips on how to protect your home from trees during a storm.

By Megan Rozsa | Email the author | April 29, 2011

Heavy winds wreaked havoc in the area this week, causing trees or power lines to fall or snap in half

Because we live in Ohio, and we know we'll have weather like this again, we asked landscaping experts at The Davey Tree Expert Co. for some advice on how to protect our homes against large trees that may fall or lose limbs. Here's what they had to say:

  • Proper pruning is vital for strong trees to be able to withstand storms. In this video, tree expert and arborist Steve Nagy says pruning trees is essential to preventing a weak limb from falling unexpectedly. The best time to prune trees, especially oak trees, is during the dormant months when leaves aren't around to cloud your view of problem limbs. Pruning also helps you identify whether your tree has a disease or bug infestation, Nagy said.
  • Being proactive and conducting hazardous tree assessments can help prevent damage. Davey Tree has employees on staff who are willing to assess your trees to see if they are a liability to your home or property.
  • Sometimes a homeowner might think about removing a tree that has become a liability versus an asset to a property. In this video, Davey expert and certified master arborist R.J. Laverne highlights warning signs. Laverne says to inspect the root system and look for loose bark, swelling or decay on the trunk and for dead or loose branches to determine whether the tree has become a liability.
  • Lastly, sometimes cabling a tree is important for keeping your home safe in a storm. In this video, Nagy talks about when it's time to cable a tree and the benefits of doing so. He says cabling trees reduces stress damage from high winds, the weight of ice or snow and heavy foliage. The goal is to strengthen limbs and improve longevity.

For more information on how to protect your home against large trees in a storm, visit the Davey Tree website and ask an expert.

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