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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused devastation through Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.  Many people lost their homes, their vehicles, and many possessions.  Thankfully, insurance is often available to help victims piece some of their belongings back together.  Unfortunately, this does not include the millions of trees that were destroyed in many of these cities’ forests, parks, and homes.

There are many ways you can help your trees to heal and regrow after a natural disaster.  The first step is to assess the damage.  Safety is very important, as heavy winds and rain can cause many dangerous situations.  Some fallen trees and branches may require a professional arborist to help remove the debris.  Remember, cleanup can be hazardous, even for professionals.

When using a chainsaw, make sure to only use it on the ground.  Hire professionals to cut limbs still attached to the tree.  Trees can often uproot underground pipes and damage power lines, which increases the probability of electrocution.  If suspected, call the electric company and your utilities to handle the cleanup.  

If there is a tree on your property that could still be saved, it’s best to consider hiring a professional arborist.  An arborist can be a very worthwhile investment to restore the trees to health.  Beware of scammers, though, and make sure to do a thorough check on the qualifications of the arborists to insure that they will not cause any further damage to your trees.  

Are there trees on your property that were damaged in one of the hurricanes?