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Why So Many Trees Went Down With Last Storm

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Walking down some streets in Reno you can still see the effects of our most recent snow storm. We talked to one man working to clean up trees.  He's lived in Reno a long time and doesn't remember seeing it this bad in a long time. So what is the explanation for all the trees down?

"The reason why we had so much damage is cause a lot of of the trees have their foliage on them," said arborist Luke Haymond.

Each leaf adds weight to the tree. 

"All that weight from the snow collected on the trees and tore them a part," added Haymond.

Our trees in town are a little bit stronger than the ones in the forest.  

"There is no drip irrigation system out there.  It's only what mother nature brings them," said Haymond.

Trees planted in Reno are usually in good shape nine months out of the year.  Winter does take its toll though because it's harder to water them in freezing temperatures.

"We get those periods in the wintertime when it's nice and warm outside you can go out and turn on your irrigation system on and let it run for several hours to get those plants some moisture.  If we haven't gotten any and then shut your system back down," added Haymond.

While our trees could use some extra water, especially in the mountains, it is not the main reason for trees going down the other day.

"If they hadn't been foliated most of them would have been just fine and wouldn't have had the devastation we had from the storm," said Haymond.

If you still have some trees to pick up you can call Reno Direct at 334-INFO.

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