Trees near your roof
Branches near a roof can cause a lot of headaches. Not only do they deposit leaves directly on your rooftop, but they also serve as pathways for rodents to scurry on top of your roof. Rats, squirrels and raccoon’s can do a lot of damage with their claws, especially when they start storing nuts or even nesting inside your roof. Branches near the roof also pose a significant threat in hurricane or tornado-prone areas. These can snap off and cause serious damage.
The simple solution here is to grab a ladder and a saw and start sawing those branches off. Keep the branches at least five feet away from your rooftop. You may also want to consider covering your gutter with a layer of transparent plastic to prevent any errant leaves being blown about by the wind. This is an ideal solution in those cases where you find yourself unable to trim those branches.