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Lawton Dead Tree Removal Begins

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LAWTON Okla_ The dead trees in Lawton are coming down.

Monday Arbor Masters Tree Service began the tedious job of taking down the dead trees. First stop was Old Town North, a neighborhood that boasts most of the oldest trees. General Manager Randy Clifton said they'll be taking down some 150 to 160 trees, at a cost of about $60,000.

"A dead tree has a tendency to dry out," Clifton said. "The longer it remains dead, the more expensive the price is to remove it. It becomes very brittle. Big leaves just fall out of a tree."

He said dead branches and trees are dangerous. They could fall on your house, your car, and even you. They can do some big damage, too. Clifton said the trees he's seen today are victims of the last two summers of extreme drought.

Getting the trees down is a 3-step process. First, they check out any power lines, cars, sidewalks in the area for safety. Then, for safety, they cut the topmost branches. Once the entire tree is down, they grind up the stump and cover with soil.

Clifton said they're taking the debris to the city landfill.

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