Oklahoma knows severe weather, and Bill Preaus knows trees.
He's an arborist with a degree in horticulture, and he has been in business with his brother for 38 years.
When severe weather season hits, he knows what to do.
“Well, it would be better to do the maintenance before the storm to be honest with you, because a lot of the post-storm damage could have been avoided you know, with proper pruning."
Preaus said if you pay attention, you could prevent a big event – like a tree falling into your house.
“Some trees are just accidents waiting to happen,” Preaus said. “You know, there's a lot of indicators and red flags."
Those red flags are ones a trained arborist can find pretty easily.
“Determine whether it’s got loss of structural integrity or root rot, co-dominant stems that are prone to splitting, large deadwood, so the first step is proper maintenance," Preaus said.
He said if you have questions or concerns about your trees to contact someone before it's too late or risk an even more expensive cleanup later.
It also could prevent a headache with your neighbors should your tree fall on their property.
Preus said severe weather in Oklahoma can be unpredictable, but when it comes to the trees surrounding your home, they don't have to be.