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Posted on: October 9, 2017

Use Caution Dealing with Snow-Damaged Trees

Use Caution Dealing with Snow-Damaged Trees

Trees in Brighton may be damaged as a result of the current snow storm.  The City of Brighton would like to remind residents to use caution when dealing with snow damaged trees.  If you would like to hire a tree company please go to www.brightonco.gov/forestry to see the list of approved/certified tree companies.

Here are some tips when dealing with snow-damage trees:

• Check for hazards. Before approaching a tree, examine your surroundings to avoid making contact with downed utility lines or standing under broken, hanging branches.

• Assess the 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.

• Be careful knocking snow off branches. This may cause the branches to break. If you must remove snow, gently push up on branches from below to prevent adding additional stress.

• Remove broken branches. This minimizes the risk of decay and insects or diseases entering the wound. Prune at 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.

• Don't try to do it all yourself. If the job requires running a chainsaw overhead, sawing from a ladder or removing large branches or entire trees, contact an insured, certified arborist.


The CSFS offers a guide to dealing with storm-damaged trees at http://static.colostate.edu/client-files/csfs/pdfs/FINAL_Storm_Damage_Quick_Guide.pdf

**BRIGHTON RESIDENTS:  You can call the City’s Parks and Open Space Department at 303-655-2089 if you would like to make an appointment to drop limbs off at the City’s free limb disposal site.  (Brighton residents only, no contractors)

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