Strong winds, heavy rain could send trees crashing down this weekend

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Rain-soaked ground and gusty winds are known to send weak trees toppling over in the Valley, and that could be the case this weekend with more than an inch of rain and wind gusts of up to 35 mph in the forecast.

Back in November, a giant tree in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix was knocked down when strong winds hit. It crushed two cars.

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According to Jacob Flater, a certified arborist with Phoenix Trim-A-Tree, there are three main reasons why some trees won't withstand Mother Nature.

"Ninety percent of the time, it could be a root problem, so we'll look down there to see if it's rotted out, usually because it's planted too deep," said Flater. "Or, improper watering is a big issue."

Poor pruning is the third reason trees may tumble with powerful winds.

"You usually want that canopy area to be kind of low, and if it's too high, the top will just snap off. A lot of times it gets really bushy on top, it catches a lot of the wind, and that will snap off right below the canopy."

Homeowners can make quick temporary fixes to trouble trees.

Trim branches from top to bottom to evenly distribute weight. Add support to flimsy, tall and leaning trees with loosely tied double stakes.

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"If it's a smaller tree, a lot of times, wooden lodge poles will work well. Usually, we'll use metal cables that will work for a much larger tree."

For large trees with splits, a cable can help with that too.

"Basically a reinforced type of rope you can tie heavy branches together so they won't split immediately, but again that's a very temporary solution."

Flater advises to not park cars under any suspect trees that can't be prepped prior to the storm, and to call a professional for assistance.

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