GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Gerry Backhaus has two big trees in front of his Gilbert home that need to be trimmed before this year's big monsoon storms hit. "If I don't get this tree thinned out for air to flow through, it will start to whip and rip and bust off," said Backhaus.
Summer storms have traditionally caused a lot of problems across the Valley. Heavy wind and rain can wreak havoc on communities from Goodyear to Chandler and from Phoenix to Apache Junction.
However, certified arborist Dan Stevens with the Valley's Living Tree Service said that a lot of storm damage could be prevented, if more homeowners took the time to trim back their trees, before a big wind storm does it for them. "I often tell people you're better off losing 20% of the tree in pruning than the whole tree coming down on a house, or heaven forbid somebody gets injured," said Stevens. "A lot of the growth that's happening on these trees is on top and outside of tree, and without proper weight reduction of the canopy of trees, they're going to break. There's no way around it."
A lot of tree services are very busy right now, but it's not too late to make an appointment, to protect your property and the people inside, said Stevens.
The cost to trim trees varies greatly depending on the type of trees they are, and which company is doing the service.
Consumer experts recommend finding a reputable company through the Arizona Better Business Bureau, or getting a recommendation from a friend or neighbor.