Monsoon 2021 shows no mercy on trees

“This is the worst I’ve seen in about four years.”
KOLD News 6-6:30 p.m. recurring
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 7:14 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - “This is the worst I’ve seen in about four years,” said Bryan Jackson, owner of Finest Trees.

Monsoon 2021 is showing no mercy on large trees across southern Arizona. Jackson says the issues stem from roots to the leaves.

“There’s no roots holding down a lot of the trees in Tucson because we don’t have a lot of rain,” said Jackson.

Years of “nonsoon” seasons mean the trees have short roots. And since there’s not much anchoring them they’re easier to rip from the ground.

The lack of rain has also caused many people to hold off on tree trimming, creating the perfect storm for them to come crashing down..

“These trees when they snap it’s because they have a lot of growth on top and haven’t been thinned out properly or haven’t been trimmed in years so these trees have a lot of weight on top,” said Jackson. “The wind catches them like a kite and just blows them right over.”

Jackson says the best way to prevent this is by getting regular tree maintenance, but that’s too late to do ahead of this in coming storm.

“All the tree services in town are super busy with damage,” Jackson. “We have a back log of 2 and a half months right now. "

Jackson recommends getting your trees trimmed every two years, he also says before you hire a company to make sure that they are licensed and insured.

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