Tree Damage

Are your trees in trouble?  Check the trees in your yard before the next storm threatens your property.  See our infographic for danger signs to look for.

 

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What’s the best way to prune your trees?  Watch Barbara Arnold, Horticultural Program Coordinator for the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio in this short video:

 

 

 

Driving Safety Tips for the Winter

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Winter will soon be upon us. With it comes cold weather, frost, snow, and ice, and the driving hazards they present. Here are some driving safety tips to help keep you safe on the road.

  • Take your car to an inspection. Before the winter, you want to make sure that there is nothing faulty with your vehicle. Take it to an auto repair facility to make sure that the brakes, belts, tires, battery, exhaust system, wipers, and everything else are in perfect working condition.
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your car. This should include things such as a snow shovel, an ice scraper, salt, warm gear and gloves, some basic medical supplies, and some food and water.
  • Watch the weather forecasts. Whenever planning a long-term drive, make sure to keep up with the weather updates, either via the radio, a smartphone app, or via the internet. Make sure that the weather will be conducive for driving.
  • Wipe the snow off your car’s mirrors, windshield, lights, hood, front, trunk, and reflectors before you drive.
  • Don’t use cruise control in snowy or icy conditions — you want to be in full control of your vehicle.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full — this way, if you get stranded, you will have a source of heat.
  • Always drive with your cell phone, and make sure that it is sufficiently charged. Keep your local AAA’s number in the contacts.

By using these tips and precautions, you will be safer and happier on the road during the winter.