After facing the wettest day of the year and hurricane force winds, does your yard look a little like a battlefield? While we’ve been hiding out from the storm our trees have been taking on the elements. Here’s a quick recap of resources and past DNR blogs to help you care for your trees and know when to contact a certified arborist (see tips below)
- Don’t burn: There are better ways to get rid of downed trees
We’re in a burn ban – so you can’t burn your downed branches. Here’s some alternatives to getting rid of your storm damage.
- Learn more about DNR’s “Don’t Top Trees” Campaign
Provides you with information and resources to promote proper tree care in your community and at home.
- Arbor Day Foundation Tree Care Tips
Nine comprehensive tree care tips will take you step by step, from selecting and planting the right tree to the care and upkeep of a mature tree.
- Tree safety in stormy weather or calm winds…
Blog includes the “Tree Hazards list” and the “National Tree Benefit Calculator”
- Storms and tree damage: Good tree health improves survival odds
This blog provides background info and the “Top Tree Killers” video
- Sign up to get the free Tree Link e-newsletter from DNR Urban and Community Forestry
Tips for dealing with tree service companies
- DNR offers these additional tips to consumers seeking a tree service company to deal with downed or damaged trees from the aftermath of storms:
- Hire a company that is licensed, bonded, insured and employs ISA Certified Arborists. Although Washington requires tree service companies to register with the state, they are not required to adhere to proper pruning standards or even demonstrate pruning knowledge in order to obtain a license.
- Beware of ‘door-knockers’; their low prices could prove costly. Most reputable companies have business cards, truck signs, and even uniforms that represent a professional level of service.
- Ask for references, and take time to select a reputable company. Avoid hiring anyone who will top a tree.
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