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Expert: Icy tree branches best left alone

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With many tree branches still coated with ice, one expert has a recommendation: let nature take its course.

Louisville Metro Arborist Mark White says residents should resist the urge to try to remove the ice.

"Come spring time, it's going to weaken that branch or you're going to lose the branch so that's the last thing you want to do."

Instead, he recommends letting nature take its course.

"The last thing we want to do as caretakers of these trees is to try and help it along by knocking off the ice and propping it up with 2x4s. We do more harm than good," White said.

"Mother Nature has a way of take care of her own," he said. White said many trees bending to the ground will be upright in a few weeks. He said nature heals the trees that need healing and takes away those that need to go.

"This is the time to sit back and enjoy the icicles of 2014. Spring will be here before you know it," White said.

White is responsible for the maintaining the health of Louisville Metro's overhead canopy, replanting trees within the right-of-way and providing education about tree care and removal.

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