Experts say proper tree pruning can reduce the risk of property damage and injuries during spring severe weather season and the upcoming hurricane season.
BILL WADELL: When the winds pick up, trees can come crashing down. A thunderstorm snapped a tree near Shreveport, Louisiana, hitting a mobile home and killing a man inside. An EF-1 tornado in north Louisiana sent trees toppling over, one injuring a grandmother inside this home.
- Took the roof off, knocked her down, and then the tree come in. She's here, so that's all that matters.
BILL WADELL: A woman was trapped inside her house for hours after an EF-3 tornado in central Alabama until crews and neighbors could cut their way through and get her to safety.
- Trees are down everywhere. People's houses are gone.
PAT EDMONDS: Everybody loves trees, but trees are very heavy.
BILL WADELL: And they can be deadly if they're not taken care of.
PAT EDMONDS: It's good to get a tree pruned. That way the wind can kind of blow through them a lot better. But a lot of people don't do it, and the oak trees are coming over really easy.
BILL WADELL: Pat Edmonds owns Edmonds Tree Service and says above-average rainfall across much of the South means more trees are uprooting and toppling over.
PAT EDMONDS: With the ground being saturated, it's going to move. Something's going to give.
BILL WADELL: The biggest safety risk is large trees growing too close to homes. It may cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but Edmonds says removing a hazardous tree is worth the investment.
PAT EDMONDS: A lot more cheaper to go and remove your tree than to wait until Mother Nature comes and sends it, bam, down on your house. If you've got a big tree and it's, you know, right at your house, I recommend definitely take it down.
BILL WADELL: Experts say it's best to prune trees when they're dormant in the winter. But if there are damaged or diseased branches, get the work done soon before the next big storm. For AccuWeather, I'm Bill Wadell.