Get your trees ready for hurricane season.
The 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began in June, but August and September are the traditional times when hurricanes pose a threat to east coast and Gulf States. Latest predictions call for a normal to slightly below normal level of activity during this hurricane season, but that still likely means 9-14 named storms, 4-7 hurricanes and 1-3 major hurricanes of category 3 or more.
Most damage to homes, power lines and other infrastructure that occurs during storms is due to failures of trees or branches. If you live in an area affected by hurricanes, now is a good time to have your trees inspected for defects or other conditions that could predispose them to failure in high winds. Dead and weakly attached branches should be pruned and dense canopies thinned. For trees that have structural issues, supplemental support cables and brace rods can help.
In addition to hurricanes, summer also often brings thunderstorms -- and lightning. If you have a special tree of significance to you or your property, ask your arborist about lightning protections systems. These systems are the best insurance to help protect trees against loss from the devastating effects of lightning.
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