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Tree Care and Debris Tips

With broken branches and downed trees across the Ozarks, many people must make decisions about how to care for their trees and remove debris.

KSMU's Christy Hendricks has some tips for tree care and debris management.

The recent ice storm not only left behind broken branches, but left many property owners wondering how to care for their damaged trees.

Gaylord Moore is a horticultural specialist with the University of Missouri Extension in Greene County.

He says the "50-percent Rule" can help you decide whether to keep or remove your trees.

Moore says when pruning a tree always cut back to a side branch and don't stub the cut.

He says branches should be cut so bark won't be stripped from the tree.

Gaylord Moore says when any tree trimming job requires climbing off the ground to use a chainsaw, call the professionals.

He says folks shouldn't get in a hurry to prune because trees can be pruned through the end of March.

For more information on caring for trees visit www.extension.missouri.edu/greene or call 862-9284.

Once branches have been cut from the trees, debris removal will take months to clean up.

Greene County opened bids Monday for contractors to remove ice storm debris from county roads.

Jenny Edwards is the public information officer for Greene County.

She says a debris removal bid will be awarded next week and collection will begin after that.

Edwards says those living on developed lots less than two acres on a county road can have their debris picked up.

County residents are asked to stack their debris 10 feet back from the roadway.

Residents living on state highways or private roads can burn their storm debris or haul it to a county drop-off site.

For more information about debris management in Greene County call 869-6040.