Monsoon storms in Arizona are ahead -- are your trees ready?

PHOENIX - As the monsoon approaches, several utility crews are preparing throughout Arizona -- and that includes prepping trees and vegetation.

John Richardson with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says you as a homeowner should check trees in your yard, making sure they're healthy and in stable condition.

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"Look at your trees, really try and understand what species of tree you have. There are a lot of great resources online that can help you understand the physiology of each specific tree but also just look up, down and around and make sure there's no visible issues." 

Issues with trees that you should look out for and could make them more vulnerable would include: 

  • Any dead or decaying wood
  • Cracks in the tree
  • Mushrooms or tree rot

As Richardson mentioned, there are online resources that can assist you with checking your trees and knowing what type you have in your yard. 

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You can get more information from The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association here or The Arizona Community Tree Council here

Experts recommend if you see any issues with your trees or have questions, contact a certified arborist to address and mitigate those issues. Dealing with the problem now can save you money in the long run, as a stronger tree will handle the monsoon storms better. 

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