Wind storm cleanup concerns

April 18, 2017 06:42 AM

If you still haven't cleaned up your yard from March's wind storm, you're not alone. Local landscapers are still busy more than a month later. Broccolo Tree and Lawn Care employees aren't expecting a rest until mid-summer. They tell us there's one thing many people want to do that they should think twice about.

"It's been exhausting, yes," said Jessica DeMasio, the sales manager at Broccolo.

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DeMasio says they're working down their list of customers, going to hundreds of properties, cleaning up debris. Still, there's one service they're hesitant to provide.

"We do have to turn people down sometimes," general manager Terry Schmitz told us.

It's not as if they don't want the cash. To explain, Schmitz took us next to Broccolo's garden center in Penfield, where reminders of those 80 mile per hour wind gusts still exist. He showed us one tree that had blown over, and several others that were still standing.

"People see one tree like this and if it's closer to a house, they go, "Oh my gosh, all these other trees could fall,'" he said. “There is a value to these trees. They create habitat. They create shade. They soak up a lot of water." 

Schmitz says the standing trees also provide a shield against any future wind. It's just something he wants you to think about before you decide to take them down.

The rest of Broccolo's work revolves around replacing what the storm took away. It's DeMasio's job to figure out what goes where.

"That's based on the light requirements, moisture, and the location in the yard," she said. "So what we want to do is make the right choice."


Chris Horvatits

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