Storms can hit Colorado hard year around. In the Spring and Fall we have seen heavy snow fall and hail storms that rip branches off trees with ease. During those summer months wind can pick up in a heart beat, causing weak or dead branches to snap off, or only to be left hanging dangerously in the tree.  If you happen to have a tree that gets damaged in a storm. Give us a call…(720)667-9256 (24hrs a day, 7 days a week, we provide an answering service to schedule storm clean up and removal.)  

Can These Trees be Saved After A Storm ?

A storm can leave trees looking like there’s no tomorrow. Major limbs may be broken or damaged, foliage can be shredded or stripped, or the bark may be torn or gouged. But what at first glance may look like mortal wounds are not necessarily fatal to a tree. Trees have an amazing ability to recover from storm damage.

Assess the Damage…..

Before writing off a damaged tree, homeowners should evaluate their trees by asking the following questions:

Other than the storm damage, is the tree basically healthy and vigorous? If the tree is basically healthy, is not creating a hazard, and did not suffer major structural damage, it generally will recover if first aid measures are applied immediately after the storm.

Monitor the tree before using fertilizer. In some situations, such as severe wind and hail storms, trees may lose all or a significant portion of their leaf area, but still be structurally sound. Do not assume that damaged trees will benefit from fertilizer or other nutrient applications, as in many cases they will not.

Are major limbs broken? If larger limbs are broken, it will be harder for the tree to recover from the damage. When large limbs are broken or hanging, or when high climbing or overhead chainsaw work is needed, it’s best to hire or consult with a professional arborist. Arborists have the necessary equipment and knowledge.

Take safety precautions. Look up and look down. Be on the alert for downed power lines and dangerous hanging branches that look like they’re ready to fall. Stay away from any downed utility lines, low-voltage telephone or cable lines and fence wires. Don’t stand under broken limbs that are hanging or caught in other branches overhead.

Has the leader (the main upward-trending branch on most trees) been lost? In species where a leader is important for upward growth or desirable appearance, deciding whether to keep it may be a judgment call. The tree may live without its leader, but might be a stunted or deformed version of the original.

Don’t top your trees! 

When trees are topped, all of their branches are cut back to stubs on the mistaken assumption that reducing the length of branches will help avoid breakage in future storms. While storm damage may not always allow for ideal pruning cuts, professional arborists will tell you that topping is one of the worst things you can do to your trees.