Look out for blustery weather…wind and rain raise risks of falling trees and branches

Storm 2008
December 2008 storm wreaks havoc on trees and homes

Wind, rain, and floods… they’re coming, and these big storms can cause headaches for all of us. This means damage to trees and big bills if a tree or large limbs fall on your house or car.

A strong frontal system is coming into Western Washington in the upcoming week, so be aware of the problems that can be caused by soggy ground and strong winds. Tree branches could snap, and shallow-rooted trees could topple. This could cause local power outages, too. And people living along the rivers in Western Washington should pay close attention to the latest weather updates over the next several days. Winter storms and high winds are in store for eastern Washington’s weather.

We can’t prevent storms from coming into our area, but there are ways to reduce the damage winds can cause to trees. How? First of all, never top your trees. And second, keep them in great shape with regular maintenance. Proper pruning means careful cutting, not topping; smart staking; and thoughtful planting as this video about tree care explains.

What are the tell-tale signs of a hazardous tree that should be removed before it or one of its limbs falls and damages property or a person?  See the Tree Hazards list.

For more details about assessing storm damage, here’s what forest landowners look for after a storm.

More safety tips for storm season