Take a look at the trees on your property.
Wind, snow, and ice can all cause trees and their limbs to fall, potentially damaging your roof or a neighbor’s home.
Trees in poor health are especially dangerous. Before bad weather hits in full force, it can pay to have a professional arborist inspect your trees and trim them as necessary. Your local electric utility provider may also be willing to help remove problematic limbs or trees.
If you want to assess the risks yourself first, look for cracks in branches or trunks and for codominant stems (two or more main branches that are about the same diameter and which emerge from the same place on the main trunk). You also want to check for dead branches high in the tree, fungi near the roots, and hollow trunks. To assess trimming needs, Josh Sevick, president of The Grounds Guys recommends looking for two kinds of limbs: Those that are close to the roof (in a high wind, they could damage shingles) and those that are top-heavy. You should also check for trees that have grown too close to power lines, which can lead to fire or power outages.
It’s not just your trees: Before winter hits, trim back shrubs so they don’t rest on your house and potentially damage siding. “Trimming shrubs away from your home’s exterior will encourage air and light to move freely and will prevent any rotting or insect issues,” Sevick says.