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Wind Not The Only Factor In Tree Damage

August 25, 2014, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Wind Not The Only Factor In Tree Damage
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

This weekend's wind storm brought down dozens of trees and branches in Sioux Falls.  While many homeowners are still cleaning up the mess, experts say the wind storm wasn't the only factor in bringing down so many trees.

A home in central Sioux Falls took a direct hit from Sunday morning's storm, damaging part of the front porch.  City crews at McKennan Park are also cleaning up downed tree branches.

"I saw the plants on my porch just spinning," Brenda Stough said.

Stough, who lives just down the street from that house, is cleaning up her own mess.  The wind blew her backyard fence over and brought down a few branches too.

"I'm always worried about this tree because it's getting old.  I think every time it storms I'm going to come out and it's going to be laying down," Stough said.

Stough has reasons to worry.  Landscapers say a number of weather events over the past few years have weakened and put stress on a lot of trees, including last year's ice storm.

"Things just keep leaning in the wrong direction to see some significant branch loss and die back on somewhat mature trees," Paul DeJong of Landscape Garden Center said.

DeJong says because of those weather factors, homeowners should act now and do some pruning and that may mean hiring a professional.

"It's a good idea to inspect your branches this time of year while things are fully leafed to see if you have any dead branches in the tree," DeJong said.

Hiring a professional now to prune some of the trees back may save you money in the long run. That's what Stough did after the April Ice Storm took down a couple of her trees and she thinks that's why she only had minor damage this time.

"Hopefully it's done for awhile, but I'm sure it'll continue for a couple, three more years," Stough said.

DeJong says we probably haven't seen the last of it.  He says more storms in the future could mean more tree damage as well.

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