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Are your trees prepared for winter?

Guest post by Seattle Public Utilities’ reLeaf team.

twbs-logoTrees are incredibly important for our city. They clean the air and water, shade our streets in the summer, and make our neighborhoods friendlier. In return, trees sometimes need a little help from people to stay strong and healthy, especially during a windstorm. The October 15 storm may have been less severe than predicted, but forecasters believe a stormier-than-usual winter may be ahead. Are your trees ready for a stormy winter?

Here are some things you can do to get your trees storm-ready before the next windstorm hits:

  • Check for broken branches above or on power lines and branches or trees leaning against these lines. If you see something, contact Seattle City Light at 206-386-1650 or sclvegetation@seattle.gov.
  • Have a certified* arborist inspect and prune your trees if you suspect they may fail in a storm. A healthy, professionally pruned tree is less likely to fail in a storm.
  •  If you are concerned about a street tree, contact the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) at 206-684-TREE.
  • If you are concerned about a tree in a park, contact 206-684-7250.

Should a windstorm occur, City of Seattle crews will be working hard to respond. In the event of a storm:

  • Report any downed trees in power lines to Seattle City Light at 206-684-7400. Report any trees down along streets to SDOT at 206-386-1218.
  • Report downed trees in parks at 206-684-4111.
  • Remember to never touch or approach a downed wire or anything in contact with the wire. All downed wires should be assumed to be live and potentially fatal.
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Report any downed trees in power lines to Seattle City Light at 206-684-7400.

*Arborists should be certified by the International Society of Arboriculture

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