State Forest Service Offers Tips For Dealing With Damaged Trees From April Snowstorm
We got 20 inches of snow in Fort Collins from the most recent storm. It was so heavy it even collapsed the roof of the Discount Tire store on College Avenue. There is no doubt we will lose some trees from this storm, but the Colorado State Forest Service has some ideas on how to deal with the trees damaged by the storm.
According to a press release from Colorado State University:
The CSFS offer the following tips for dealing with snow-damaged trees; the tips were adapted from International Society of Arboriculture recommendations:
1. Check for hazards. Before approaching a tree, examine your surroundings to avoid making contact with downed utility lines or standing under hanging branches that are broken and ready to fall.
2. Contact city officials if necessary. Trees between the street and a city sidewalk may be the responsibility of city crews.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.