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Ice Covered Tree Branches Best Left Alone

Friday February 7, 2014

City Arborist Says Let Nature Take its Course

Ice-covered tree in Louisville - February 2014In the wake of this week’s storm that left many tree branches coated with ice, Louisville Metro Arborist Mark White said residents should resist the urge to try to remove the ice. He urged instead, that we let nature take its course.

“The last thing we want to do as caretakers of these trees is to try and help it along by knocking off the ice and propping it up with 2x4’s. We do more harm than good,” White said.

“Mother Nature has a way of taking care of her own,” he said. White said many trees bending to the ground will be upright in a few weeks. He said nature heals the trees that need healing and takes away those that need to go.

"This is the time to sit back and enjoy the icicles of 2014. Spring will be here before you know it,” White said.

The City Arborist maintains the health of Louisville Metro’s overhead canopy, replants trees within the right-of-way and provides education about tree care and removal.