Check your trees after snow to limit damage in future


Shaking them off might be a good idea

Snow in Dallas, Oregon, Jan. 26, 2021. (Courtesy of Stefanie Smith)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Experts say its a good time to check trees on your property.

The Oregon Department of Forestry says broad-leaved evergreens are prone to cracked and broken branches under the weight of snow.

One of the top tips from experts is to shake or sweep snow off branches and foliage, so the extra weight doesn’t cause them to break and fall. That can lead to power line issues or injuries.

Evergreen magnolias, azaras and eucryphias from Chile, evergreen oaks from Mexico and Asia, evergreen laurels, and tree-form manzanitas may all benefit from having snow removed. Avoid hitting the tree with a hard object, as it can damage the bark.

In Forest Grove for example, the fire department said a tree limb fell on a power line in the Gales Creek area.

A certified arborist can help if branches did break.

Get more tips for caring for your trees here.

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