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Downed tree? Here's what to do if your tree topples to Monsoon weather

Posted at 8:23 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 01:14:06-04

If one of your trees falls victim to Mother Nature during Monsoon season, does it automatically have to be cut down? 

Not necessarily, according to Andres Tomas, co-owner of The Professional Tree Monkeys. It all depends on where the damage is. 

“If it’s a big limb, more than likely you’re going to have to remove it,” explained Tomas. 

And that’s exactly what he was doing when we caught up with him in Gilbert Thursday evening.  

A 40-foot, Tipuana Tipu was no match for those winds that pushed through Wednesday, splitting the tree down the middle. 

But Tomas explains, surprisingly, he saves more trees than he cuts down, saying it’s easier for him, and easier for the homeowner. 

“There’s some that can be saved and you can push them back over with a crane and re-bury it. But there’s somewhere the main root system snaps, and then, that’s it,” Tomas said. 

And most of the time, Tomas says whether your tree stays or goes, it comes down to one simple thing that many homeowners forget to do - yearly maintenance. Most maintained trees, he says, can be saved, depending of course on damage. 

“You have to thin them out and clean them out, so they don’t act like a sail,” Tomas said. 

Tomas explained how mesquite and Palo Verde trees are the most vulnerable, so maintaining those is critical. Other trees like ash, elm, eucalyptus, and pines are a bit harder but keep in mind; nothing is Monsoon-proof!