DECATUR, Ill. (AP) -- This year's particularly nasty winter has taken its toll on trees across Illinois.
Tree trimmers tell The (Decatur) Herald & Review that ice storms and straight-line winds caused most of the damage to trees in the state this winter.
Damaged trees can repair themselves, but can still lead to problems if they topple over or their limbs crash to the ground.
Rojo Romer owns Romer Brothers Tree and Shrub Service. He says a "four-inch limb can cause thousands of dollars in damage."
Experts say property owners should carefully inspect trees on their land before leaves obstruct the view of weak spots.
They say the most common time for tree damage is in the spring, when strong winds and storms can topple branches.