- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - After winter weather wreaked havoc on trees across the region, experts are hoping people won’t be afraid to plant more.

Emma Melvin of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s “Plant One Million” project tells KYW-AM (https://cbsloc.al/1lywn5A) that well-maintained trees will actually be a benefit in serious storm events and not a hazard.

The worry is that after so many fallen trees and branches caused all kinds of headaches this winter, homeowners or communities may be hesitant to replant. But sturdy, healthy trees improve air and water quality and help reduce erosion, water pollution and flooding.

Melvin says that while the particular species of tree doesn’t necessarily matter, there are some that handle winter better than others. Some good varieties are red maples, tulip poplars, various oaks, sycamores and even holly trees.

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Information from: KYW-AM, https://www.kyw1060.com

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