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Protect your trees from spring snow damage, says Lethbridge forestry tech

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Heavy wet spring snow, like we’ve seeing this week, can do quite a number on your trees at this time of year.

Many trees have already leafed out and that makes them more susceptible to damage from the weight of the snow.

Lindsay Bell, Lethbridge’s Urban Forestry Technician, says try to just let nature take its course.

“I would encourage people to let the wind and sun knock the snow off the branches,” says Bell. “Don’t go in there and start beating up your trees. Wait till that snow is gone and then wait to the tree is dry and then do your inspection. Go look for cracked and broken branches.”

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If you have to trim a tree, Bell says prune off the damaged wood properly when conditions improve and you should be good to go.

He notes if you try to prune broken trees when they’re still wet, that could result in more damage and invite the potential for diseases which could cause even more issues for you, especially if you have fruit trees.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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