The City of Brighton would like to remind residents to use caution when dealing with trees after this weekend’s storm.
Here are some tips when dealing with storm-damaged 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.
Click here for the CSFS guide to dealing with storm-damaged trees.
If you would like to hire a tree company, go to brightonco.gov/forestry to see the list of approved/certified tree companies.
Brighton residents may call the city’s Parks and Open Space Department at 303-655-2054 to make an appointment to drop-off limbs at the city’s free limb disposal site (Brighton residents only, no contractors).