What better way to plunge into a brutal winter than taking a plunge into your local pool or pond? Maybe not recreationally, but to raise money for a good cause.
Winter is known for being a season of severe weather. Trees can be damaged by windstorms, lightning, ice and snow. Arborists say homeowners should know in advance how their trees will handle winter weather.
Ben Veling, master arborist with Timberwolf Tree Care, said a few tree species such as Chinese elm, silver maple and some poplars, have brittle wood that is easily broken and can cause serious damage.
“The best thing people can do is to be active with their trees, is to have an interaction. Have a baseline, understand what the potential risks might be, some species are more prone to failure than others, and some have characteristic growth that is more likely to fail in storms or ice buildup than other trees. So having a good discussion with your arborist would be a great way to start, another thing to do is keep up on the maintenance.”
According to Veling, it’s essential to pay attention to a tree’s weakness because the stability and integrity will decrease over time as it ages.
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While the winter brings holiday cheer, the weather creates treacherous conditions for drivers on the road.
A freezing rain advisory was issued Monday night for central Michigan, the Tri-Cities, Flint, and parts of the thumb, as freezing rain and drizzle created slippery conditions on area roads.
Northern Michigan ski resorts are taking advantage of this week’s cold weather, by firing up their snow guns for the first time this season.
Consumer’s Energy, DTE Energy and The Salvation Army are a few of the 14 organizations that received money to provide energy assistance funding to those who need it.