Excess rain, snow presenting a problem for trees

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During the month of January, more than twice the normal amount of rain has fallen in the area. The excess rain and snow has saturated the soil, which may present a problem for trees.

“That’s the main thing. (It isn’t) so much that trees are brittle from the drought, but the overall excessive rain and you’ve got, root systems in the trees will just uproot when the winds hit them,” said Jud Scott, President of Vine and Branch Incorporated.

Scott said winter is a good time for people to have a certified arborist or registered consulting arborist review the trees around their homes.

“Arborists are available. We can see things. We can see buds. We can see if the trees are alive or dead. We can look for decay at the base or in the trunks,  rotten spots, trees that would endanger houses or roadways and those are good times to get rid of stuff like that,” Scott said.

Every tree is different and an expert will be able to advise you. Scott said sometimes crown reduction or thinning may not be the best option. He encouraged homeowners to look for certain movement that would be excessive along the ground and wherever there are cracks.

Scott said a homeowner should ask a company, removing their tree, for a certificate of insurance.

William Powell called Above and Beyond to remove a tree he was concerned about.

“(I wanted to do it) ‘cause it’s hanging over our house and branches are coming down from time to time on the house and it’s scaring us,” Powell said.

One of his sugar maple trees was removed late Wednesday. Powell wanted to remove the tree before Spring.

“I don’t want, you know, a big thunderstorm to come through and then knock it down,  lightning (to) hit (and it) fall right on our house,” Powell said.