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Should you shake your trees to clear the snow? We asked an arborist

To shake or not to shake. Clumps of snow on top of the leaves put a burden on the trees that they aren’t used to carrying.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Early season heavy snow can lead to trees falling into streets and yard. 

Clumps of snow on top of the leaves put a burden on the trees that they aren’t used to carrying.

A city of Spokane Arborist, Angel Spell, said this could cause some shock to the trees.

“That could be damaging to the tree, and you may have some branch loss that doesn’t respond back,” she said.

But she said the damage shouldn’t cause any long-term effects to the trees.

So as a homeowner, what should you do to help lessen the damage to your trees?

Spell said it is helpful to shake some of the snow from the branches.

“Certainly for the smaller trees and shrubs, give them some relief from that weight,” she said.

Though the larger trees may be harder to clear, Spell said still brushing some snow from them could prevent property damage and help keep the trees healthy.

She said the trees will recover but if freezing temperatures continue, there will be a much greater concern.

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