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Prevent Your Tree From Getting Knocked Down in a Storm

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Dozens of trees were knocked down across the Tri-Cities during Monday's strong windstorm, but there are some things you can do to prevent that from happening on your property.

Tree experts say that roots that were ripped out of the ground could've benefited from some extra watering.

Heritage Nursery in Kennewick said deep watering your trees once a week, by soaking the base of the tree with a hose, will help the roots grow farther into the ground.

"Sometimes there's not much you can do when mother nature decides to show how powerful she is but to give your plants and trees the best opportunity, nutrients and deep watering is going to be the biggest thing," said Shaun Lindgren, Heritage Landscaping.

Lindgren also said it's helpful to trim older trees with roots that might not be able to grow deeper by thinning out the limbs.

Doing that should lessen the impact of the wind on the tree and the likelihood it falls over.

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