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Free Workshop Will Get to the Root of Helping Your Trees Survive a Storm

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 9, 2018) - It's six weeks into the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. What is your plan for your trees?

It's not a question most people think about when making storm preparations, which is why the Hillsborough County Extension Service is rolling out a new free workshop this month. The presentation, "Hurricanes and Trees," is scheduled:

  • Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at the Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579 in Seffner
  • Wednesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa

Workshop topics include which trees are least likely to topple in high winds, proper pruning to resist wind damage, restoring hurricane-damaged trees, and what to document for insurance claims.

Hurricane Irma downed trees across Hillsborough County, creating more yard waste in two days than the County usually collects in an entire year. Some trees that provide shade on hot days, help clean the air, and enhance curb appeal can be trouble when tropical winds blow. Conversely, a healthy stand of the right kind of trees, growing in well-drained soil, properly pruned, and with unrestrained roots, can resist powerful winds and even provide protection.

Although there's no charge to attend either session, space is limited so attendees are asked to register in advance. To sign up, go to the Local Events Calendar. For more information, call (813) 744-5519.

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