As we know, this time of year can bring severe weather conditions, especially here in Nebraska, requiring the need to call a professional arborist. Wind and ice can cause electrical wires to be a major safety factor. If you notice electrical wires down or trees and/or branches down on electrical lines or poles, make sure the electric company is called immediately. As a homeowner and/or renter, be sure to take pictures of any damage caused by the storm for your insurance company. There are things that can be done to save a damaged tree if a branch breaks off. An experienced arborist may be able to cut it back to the proper junction which can help the tree in keeping it strong and secure. Calling a professional arborist is important during these times because they can see and look for things that the average homeowner may not see such as cracks, decay, insect damage or potential damage to surrounding structures. Making trees a little stronger with regular trimming and checkups will save you time and money after the strong winds and storms move through our area. If you’re ever unsure of what to do, call your local utility company first if a tree has hit a power line and/or pole. Then, call your local experienced arborist as most will give you a free quote and advise you on next steps. Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion and remember, you get what you pay for.