Homeowners should use caution while approaching storm-damaged trees

The DNR has some tips for dealing with storm-damaged trees.

Homeowners should use caution when approaching damaged trees and stay clear of downed wires.

Carefully inspect trees for damage and address hazardous trees first.

Trees should be removed if more than 50 percent of the trunk or live branches in the crown are damaged, if the tree is unnaturally leaning, has damaged roots, or could injure people and damage property.

Trees are already stressed due to last year’s drought so pruning should be done properly by cutting just outside the branch collar.

Damaged trees should get about an inch of water per week.

More tips on the dos and don’ts of handling tree damage are available on the DNR website.

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