The Front Range is famous for spring snowstorms that leave behind heavy, wet snow that can be tough on trees. In this article, we’ll talk about how you can minimize tree damage, increase the chances your trees will survive a spring storm, and identify when you might need a Denver emergency tree service. (Find out why spring snow is so heavy in Colorado in this article: What Makes Colorado Snow Special?
Preventing Snow Damage to Trees
Trees that go dormant in the colder months are naturally prepared for snow and ice. But homeowners can provide additional help for trees by making some preparations ahead of time. Before winter, you’ll want to do the following:
Take a look at trees to determine if there are any broken, dead, or unbalanced branches that might fail if they are hit by a snowstorm. If these branches are big, they could damage structures nearby if they fall. Taking care of these branches ahead of time is smart.
Make sure none of your trees has grown up into any overhead utility lines. Trees that have need to be trimmed back—or your tree could be responsible for a power outage.
Check that trees nearby sidewalks, driveways, or roads do not have low branches that will be in the way of pedestrians or vehicles if they go even lower under the weight of snow or ice. Preemptive pruning will keep these problems from happening.
Dealing With the Aftermath of a Snowstorm
No one can deny the beauty of a blizzard that makes the world almost feel magical. But you should also make an assessment of your surroundings—including your trees. Be sure you don’t stand below a tree that is heavily weighted with snow and never go near a tree that is touching utility lines.
Take a look to see:
- If any branches from trees have fallen and are blocking driveways, sidewalks, or roads. A large branch might be impossible to deal with on your own, so you’ll probably need emergency tree services. Be patient; chances are you aren’t the only one dealing with damage, so you may not get through to a live person immediately. Emergency tree services will be dispatched to the life-threatening and public safety emergencies first.
- If utility lines have been impacted by tree branches. This requires an immediate call to your local utility company.
- If your trees have experienced other damage. This can include torn bark, broken or hanging branches, trees bent or leaning beneath the weight of the snow, or trees that have split apart.
Even if the damage looks bad, don’t despair right away. Trees tend to be resilient, and if it is healthy, there is a good chance that it will bounce back. If you are unsure, contact a professional tree service and have them assess the damage and help determine the best outcome for the tree.
Contact Root Tree Service for Denver Emergency Tree Services
Give us a call after a storm takes its toll on your trees. We provide emergency tree services for the Denver metro area. We can also come out and prune your trees before winter sets in. Our family-owned and -operated tree service company will help ensure the health of your trees year-round. Contact us
today for an estimate!