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Trees and Hurricane Season

Fallen branches and tree damage in Gainesville

We all love living in Florida in the winter. We might have an occasional freeze while all our friends up north are suffering.

But obviously, we pay for the comfort of the winter with the uncertainty of the summer – especially when it comes to trees around our home during hurricane season.

We all understand that it doesn’t take a hurricane or tropical storm for trees on our property to cause damage, but it certainly is more likely given the mixture of high winds and rain.

There are a number of other reasons for trees to fall including improper planting conditions, insect infestation, malnutrition, poor soil conditions, old age and a variety of other reasons. And generally, the average person cannot really look at their trees and realize they have a problem. That’s why it’s always a good idea to call in an expert, like us at Shade Shifters.

But our focus in this article is the high winds and rain associated with tropical weather.

Hurricane season started right on time this year with Alex causing serious flooding in South Florida. It has been quiet since then, but as hurricane forecasters will tell you, “It’s early.”

So, why is it important for you to act now, when it comes to making your home as safe as possible from the potential of trees and limbs falling and causing damage?

Both impacts of tropical storms – flooding and wind – can cause trees to uproot and fall. Even if a tree survives tropical weather, branches can snap off, and that can be damaging enough.

Again, it’s not likely as a homeowner, you will know what are the best decisions to make about your trees and landscape for the hurricane season.

Do certain trees need to be removed? Do I need to trim back some of the trees and remove limbs that can be a potential danger? Are the trees on my property safe from high winds and rain?

As is the case for tree questions any time of the year, the answer is, “Ask us.” As a fully licensed and insured tree service, we can assess your situation and make recommendations for what will be best for you. If you need work, we can do it. If you don’t, you have some piece of mind as we move into the more active part of the hurricane season.

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