John F. Kennedy once said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
And the best time to take care of potentially hazardous trees is well before the storm, but even if everyone had done that, it is certain that trees will still come down during the next few days. Here are some tips:
- Report downed street trees or any tree blocking a street to the 311 Call Center or to the non-emergency police number (646-5100) if the call center is not available.
- For tree work on private property contact an arborist who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This will help ensure safe removal when necessary or appropriate corrective measures to save the tree.
- When collecting debris for pick-up, do not place on sidewalks, parking places or where the debris will block the alley. When cutting limbs keep them at 4 feet or less; this makes curbside and alley pick-up easier.
- DO NOT put any other trash with tree debris since this could be hazardous when the debris is put through a shredder.
- See Tree First Aid
- If you have time before the power goes out, visit the True Timber blog for a unique perspective on Trees and Wind, written after Hurricane Irene.
Good luck to you and your trees!