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Measures to keep winds from blowing over your trees

Damaging winds are the primary threat for the severe weather coming Thursday night. Wind gusts could get up to 70 miles per hour. Damaging winds are the primary threat for the severe weather coming Thursday night. Wind gusts could get up to 70 miles per hour.
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Damaging winds are the primary threat for the severe weather coming Thursday night. Wind gusts could get up to 70 miles per hour. With winds that strong, some people might start seeing a sight similar to last week: lots of trees blown down.

Tree trimming workers say there are ways to keep that from happening to you.  

"It could save thousands of dollars if people will go up and keep their trees thin and keep them dead wooded," Ken Rice advised. He's the owner of Trim Masters Tree Service.   

Rice said if you don't, toppled trees are something you should expect to see during severe weather.  

"It's like holding up a blanket and there is no air flowing through the trees, and so when the wind hits it, it's going to uproot," Rice said. 

 But there are preventative measures you can take to avoid down trees on your home or in your yard. 

"The best time for doing high maintenance on trees is when they are dormant," said Rice.

During the winter, that's when the sap is down in the truck and they can take 30-40 percent off of a tree. 

Rice said that pruning a tree also helps anything that will help air flow through the branches. He also advised to watch out for rotted trees. Since last week's storms, Rice said he and his crew have seen hundreds of cases.

A number that could go up once the storm blows through. When it comes to picking the right tree company, Rice said businesses should not charge you to take a look at your trees. He advised not to go with a company that asks for money up front before they work. He also said a good tree company won't come knocking on your door if you have not contacted them.

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