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To Prepare For Hurricanes, Prune Your Trees

In this Georgia Public Radio interview, Chris Heim of Davey's Atlanta office talks about how homeowners can prepare their trees ahead of hurricane season.

Posted: May 28, 2020

With hurricane season just around the corner, experts say it’s time to prepare, not just by assembling a kit and making an evacuation plan, but by pruning your trees.

Falling limbs and uprooted trees can cause serious injuries and property damage. Tree experts say it’s important to check for dead limbs and signs of decay, like cracks or mushrooms growing on the trunk.

Chris Heim with the Davey Tree Expert Company said big, older trees like Savannah’s famous oaks need lots of nutrients, so you should eliminate other plants that compete.

"If you have shrubbery, a lot of times we're dealing with ground covers like ivy and things like that that are in under the tree, they're in direct competition with that tree," he said. "There's only a finite amount of resource in that area."

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