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Rotted trees snap easier

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It seems every time severe weather pops up, trees go down. There's a big reason why some fall down so easily in storms. They're rotting.

That's why one tree maintenance professional says it's important for homeowners to lookout for trees around their property that could be in danger of falling.

A tree on Martindale snapped in a recent storm because it was hollow inside. Lightning struck a pine tree nearby and Pine Beetles took over.

Soon it will rot and the beetles will target other pine trees around it. It could easily topple especially during a storm.

"You need to look for diseased spots at the bottom. You'll see a hole where it looks like it's rotten on the inside. It's not very healthy so a little bit of wind can knock it over," said Harper Tree Service Owner, Lee Harper.

He also recommends paying special attention to pine trees and pecan trees that could have been weakened by recent wind and rain.

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