With a winter storm warning forecasted to bring snow to the area Friday into Saturday, the City of Brighton’s forestry team reminds residents that trees may become damaged as a result and to beware of broken tree limbs that may be ready to fail. Per municipal code, tree care is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. This includes downed branches and limbs. 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.
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. Brighton residents may call the City’s Parks and Open Space Department at 303-655-2274 to make an appointment to drop limbs off at the City’s free limb disposal site (Brighton residents only, no contractors).