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January 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

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Should you shake trees to remove snow?

From staff reporter Bob Young

Worried about your snow-covered trees and ice-laden branches?

If you can reach them by standing on the ground, it's fine to give your Magnolia or Japanese Maple a gentle shake, according to Collin Wheeler, certified arborist and owner of Ravenna Arborists.

Anything taller is probably dangerous to try to clean, Wheeler says. And it's definitely not a good idea to try to climb an icy tree, he adds.

If your Douglas fir, or other tall trees, appear to be sagging under the weight of snow and ice, there's nothing you can do at this point, Wheeler says. Just wait for it to melt, or call an arborist to come inspect any damage.

If trees fall onto a public roadway or sidewalk in Seattle, the public may call the Seattle Department of Transportation at 206-386-1218 (24-hours a day).



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