Addressing Tree Damage Post Heavy, Wet Snow Storms

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It’s hard to believe we saw heavy snowfall so late in May but that’s Colorado weather indeed! And with that heavy, wet snowfall comes the potential for tree damage.

We encourage you to watch out for newly obstructed stop signs.  Keep your friends, family and neighbors safe by promptly removing the obstruction.

The next step is to assess the tree damage. If a tree is healthy overall and still possesses its leader (the main upward branch), most of its major limbs and 50 percent or more of its crown, the chance is good for a complete recovery.

Think long and hard about doing the clean-up work yourself, or hiring a contractor. Many of us are afraid of chain saws and ladders.  Google “Denver tree care companies” to identify potential contractors.  

For those that want to tackle the work on your own, here are a few tips to help you out: 

  • Remove broken branches. Saw, don’t pull broken limbs. This minimizes the damaged area. Doing so reduces the risk of decay, as well as the opportunity for insects or diseases to enter the tree wound.

  • Prune tree limbs near the branch collar – the point where a branch joins a larger one – and be mindful of potential pent-up energy if the branch is twisted or bent.

  • Don’t over-prune. With the loss of some branches, a tree may look unbalanced, but most trees quickly grow new foliage that hides bare areas.

  • And don’t forget to retain the moisture your tree needs by placing a three inch deep layer of mulch at the base of your tree.

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