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Protect your property from falling trees this hurricane season

In this Houston Chronicle article, Dana Karcher from Davey Resource Group in Texas talks about how Texas trees may have been affected by the winter freeze and what you should do to keep your property safe. 

Posted: May 20, 2021 large tree

Many trees have finished recovering from February's unprecedented winter freeze, just in time to face the high winds of the coming subtropical storms and cyclones. 

With June 1 - the start of hurricane season - just around the corner, Sugar Land residents need to protect their property, cars, as well as their trees from what meteorologists predict will be an above-average hurricane season. 

"There are tree problems all over Texas," said Dana Karcher, project developer for the Davey Resource Group and president-elect of the International Society of Arboriculture. "This (freeze) was highly unusual weather for our state. The most important thing is to make sure the trees are looked at by a professional."

Karcher said a professional arborist could assess a tree's architecture and ensure that it was proportionate and structurally sound with good growth patterns, while spotting imbalances such as:

Dead wood, decay, or cracks in the trees. 

Heavy canopies that would hang on to ice and snow.

Fungal growth and infestations.

Foliage that may not be the right color.

Root problems. 

To continue reading Dana's advice, click here

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