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Experts: Fallen tree limbs can create extra hazards in severe weather

Posted at 6:28 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 18:28:48-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A lot of homes on Friday have piles of broken tree limbs. So how can you make sure piles of debris don't end up causing more damage than they should?

Some tree experts say storm season is business season.

"We've had some calls of some limbs breaking, hanging up in trees, some trees that have failed,” said Rheny Mendez, of Bartlett Tree Experts Arborists. “But mainly a lot of hangers. Limbs that have broken off or a lot of hangers."

Rheny Mendez is a certified arborist and crew leader. Mendez says his best advice for homeowners is upkeep, especially with storm season underway.

"Since we have them so regularly,” Mendez said, “just a yearly visit by a local arborist in the fall/winter time to come check out their trees for pruning, dead-wooding is probably the biggest one since storms knock out a lot of deadwood and can cause a lot of damage."

He recommends homeowners keep an eye out for potential yard hazards year-round.

"Unions, limbs that are together, making sure there's no cracks in those. Even walking around the base of the tree to make sure there's no cracks or soil raised up, which means the soil could be failing at any point."

The group says they've already received several calls from people asking for minor cleanup after the storm.

Mendez says the best thing to do now is pay attention to those broken limbs. Just walk around any spots to see if there's any of the issues Mendez named.