A harsh winter of cold temperatures, ice storms, and straight-line winds meant trouble for some of the state's trees.
Tree trimmers say the ice and winds were behind most of the damage to Illinois trees over the winter, but that a lack of moisture also posed a problem. While the state received its fair share of snow, most of it fell during sub-freezing temperatures, keeping trees from getting moisture from that precipitation.
While damaged trees can repair themselves, toppling trees or crashing limbs can cause problems. Experts suggest property owners carefully inspect the trees on their land before leaves hide any weak spots from view.
The spring is the most common time for tree damage thanks to strong winds and storms bringing down branches.
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