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Lecture on Preparing Trees to Withstand Hurricanes and Storms

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 14:23:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- While we love the trees in Tallahassee, they don't always hold up well in storms and hurricanes. 

Friday afternoon, local community members gathered at the Goodwood Museum to learn how to better protect their trees from strong winds associated with stormy weather.

During the lecture, attendees learned that tree survival after a storm depends on four main factors...species, health, age, and care.

A properly pruned tree, smaller species, and younger trees tend to fare better than others when the wind speeds begin picking up.

While removing trees altogether may seem much easier than proper upkeep, that may not be the best decision.

"A lot of people say 'Well I'll just cut down all my trees.' Well then all the parts from other people's trees and whatever comes off their yard and their house can come flying into it," says Stan Rosenthal, a UF/IFAS Forestry Extension Agent, Emeritus. "The trees Also give you some wind protection, too. So they're actually helping us. What you want to do is work with them so they give the most help and the least of the damage."

Whether you plan to prune your trees, or cut them down, Rosenthal recommends hiring a certified arborist to do the work properly. 

To learn more about the best ways to prepare your trees for future hurricanes and storms, click here.