Any season holds the potential for causing damage. And damage can be widespread, including to your home. Because of the overall size and stature of many landscaping trees, even trees that are planted a suitable distance from homes, or other structures, still have the potential to cause damage, especially when they are fully grown. Certain geographic locations are more prone to particular kinds of storms, and their fury, than others. In these areas, preparation is key toward the prevention of damage.

Weak, dying or dead branches are a liability. During spring and summer, they are easily snapped and fall during strong winds. Those that are weighted enough and hang over rooftops have a propensity to fall onto or through them. Even the least weighted of branches have a propensity to remove shingles during a particularly strong storm. Of course, it goes without saying that roof damage that isn’t corrected promptly could lead to more substantial and costly problems for the homeowner in the future.

Consider, too, that most of the summer and fall seasons include hurricane season. Sometimes damage sites may not be the direct result of a hurricane’s landfall, either. Stronger categorical storms may push inland, threatening both life and property well beyond the site of the initial landfall. Unkempt or unhealthy trees, or even outdoor lawn furniture, grills and small boats, can easily become projectiles in volatile, hurricane-force winds. Covering windows with plywood may lessen the chances of resulting window damage during a hurricane, though it’s not an entirely foolproof means of prevention. The high winds hurricanes routinely bring with them are also a means by which many shingles are lost from rooftops each year. Unfortunately, as compared to typical spring and summer rain showers, the rather heavy rainfall that accompanies hurricanes can mean misfortune to a compromised rooftop.

With modern technology, however, advance warning generally allows for several days of preparation ahead of a hurricane. If you live in the Austin, Texas area, contact an Austin tree trimming professional to make your property as safe as possible by removing problem trees or tree branches before a storm hits.

Although hard freezes, ice and heavy snow are quite rare phenomena in some areas of the country, especially in the South, these conditions are not completely unheard of, either. On the rare occasion that any of these conditions occur, they, too, are culprits for potential problems. Tree branches that are weakened by the weight of ice or snow also are easily snapped, compromising anything that may lie beneath them, including roofs and windows. Limbs that are iced over become less pliable and more unyielding. Combined with winter winds, glass windows certainly are no match for such conditions.

These are just several examples of how every season has the potential to cause damage to private property, arguably the most valuable of which is our homes. With a little forethought, however, damage to the most vulnerable of barriers, namely windows and rooftops, may be minimized or avoided altogether. Consult with an Austin tree care service and learn the ways you can prepare and minimize prospective damage of any kind for any season.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit

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