The winter storm season is one of the most common reasons for a disaster to occur. A key way a homeowner can prepare for the winter storm is by trimming trees and shrubs away from construction sites, utility poles, and house foundations. The ways it helps include making it easier to see where utilities are located, ensuring that no tree branches fall on power lines during high winds, and preventing homeowners from cleaning up fallen leaves. Thus, taking the time to trim your trees before a winter storm occurs is an important step to ensure the safety of your home and property during inclement weather.
1- Protect Property
If you live in an area where a lot of storms occur, then you should trim trees and shrubs away from the foundation of your house, any gas lines leading to your house, or any utility poles near your home. During a storm, wind may whip through the trees and cause branches to fall over. If there are heavy snow melts on the branches, then that adds more weight to the branches. At some point, it is inevitable for one or more of the branches to fall onto your home, shed, or garage. In addition to this danger, during a winter storm, there is also danger with heavy rain and hail associated with tornado clouds moving through. Even with hurricane season, the risk of flooding is always a threat, and it is best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
2- Prevent Power Outages
Trimming trees away from any power lines ensures that there is no danger of branches falling on them during a storm. It is especially important if you have solar panels or a large fence around your home that obscures the view of where your power lines are. If you live in a region with heavy snow melting, that can weigh down branches and cause them to snap off during high winds. Falling branches will drop on nearby power lines, causing them to short out or even break. Since utility poles and power lines are not free, it is best to ensure their safety before a storm hits. By trimming away excessive branches and removing any debris from around the base of nearby trees, you will reduce your risk of experiencing an inconvenient blackout during a winter storm.
3- Increase Visual Appeal
Winter storms can be unsightly enough without adding fallen tree limbs. If you are hoping for a beautiful winter landscape, trimming away any unnecessary or dead limbs will help keep your property looking its best. It is a great way to get a head start on spring gardening.
In conclusion, tree trimming is an important part of storm preparation that can save you money and enhance the beauty of your property. Do not wait until it is too late. Schedule tree trimming services before the next big storm arrives. If you have any trees nearby your house, then it is best to trim them at least once per year. Tree trimming is typically done by arborists, who are trained professionals with experience in safely removing branches from trees.