The last thing you want during a storm is a tree falling onto your home or car. Spotting potential problems and using proper pruning techniques before a storm will help keep your trees healthy, beautiful, and safe.
After a storm, damaged or fallen trees need special attention:
Fallen trees. Only reset smaller ones; larger trees may have been weakened and are more likely to fall again.
Stumps. If you're leaving one, cut it flush with the ground. If you're removing one, leave four feet standing when you cut down the tree-it's easier and cheaper to pull stumps out than to dig them out.
Branches. Remove any that are weak or hanging over a structure, and trim the remaining ones to a length of five feet or shorter.
Look out for utility lines-if any limbs are near one, call your local utility company and ask them to do the trimming. Touching a wire can be extremely dangerous, both to you and your neighbors.