(WGGB/WSHM) – Clean-up efforts are still underway in many locations after Easter on Tuesday, and a local tree removal company said it has been very busy this week and is advising people to be on the lookout for potential hazards.
Hector Peterson owns Peterson Landscaping and Tree Removal. He told Western Mass News his crews have been out all week cleaning up after the effects of Tuesday’s snowstorm.
“My boys are out there now. They’re doing about three to four jobs a day right now… It’s been snowing a lot heavy and it’s causing the trees to snap. A lot of our pines are very weak and brittle,” said Peterson.
However, he said he was concerned for the trees, which did not fall after Tuesday’s storm but may still have been crushed. In particular, he is concerned about what he called “widowmakers.”
“[Widow makers] are half-broken branches that are still hanging on the tree. We usually call them ‘widowmakers’ when they go beyond an area of interest,” explained Peterson.
He urged residents to check their properties for signs of damage to trees. Some indicators are bark tearing off trees, trees not growing leaves, and fungi appearing on them. If you see any trees that might fit the bill, Peterson said you should call a contractor.
“Preventive maintenance can help prevent broken branches and widowmakers in the future if you precede it and tend your healthy or unhealthy trees now,” noted Peterson.
Peterson said he’s also offering a five percent discount on their storm-related damage services starting Tuesday.
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