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Cut Your Dead Trees, Experts Say Spring Time is the Right Time

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By: Leah Uko

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PAPILLION, NE (KPTM) – Spring is here, which means warmer weather, but also strong winds. Tree service professionals want homeowners to take this time to get their dead trees and branches cut before those winds break them—and damage falls onto their properties.

A crew with Vinny's Tree Service spent its day cutting down a gigantic tree and dead branches from other trees in Michelle Brandt's Papillion yard.

"It worries me that it could have hit, like, any one of our sheds or maybe even one of their homes over there."

Brandt said she loved her trees, but lately had spent less time admiring the shady branches and more time picking them up out of her yard and her neighbors' yards.

"I know they didn't like it," Brandt told FOX 42's Leah Uko. "It kind of created bad blood between us. Not bad blood, but they weren't happy that they had to do that."

Owner of Vinny's Tree Service, Vinny Palermo said most people don't know when it's time to cut their dead branches until a storm comes through and rips them apart.

"These trees that are made to be out in the open, now they're in people's front yards, backyards right next to their deck," Palermo said.

He said cleaning the mess up is not easy or cheap.

"Repair on the roof, it isn't just the roof. It's the stuff under the roof, the beams under that. That stuff is very expensive to fix," he continued. "It's almost always an insurance claim."

Tree service companies suggest removing one-third of your oldest limbs every year. If they're too large, insect or disease ridden or show winter damage, they say, get rid of them,

For thinner, smaller trees it's recommended to cut outside the branch collars if they're broken dead or have diseases as well.

Brandt never thought her trees would be that much work.

"I never thought about it that way, no. because they're supposed to bring beauty and shade and enjoyment."

She was glad, however, that she fixed her tree problem before it landed in her face.

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