Trees Down! Now What?

It seems no one in Northern Colorado escaped tree damage from our Oct. 26, 2011 snowstorm. Trees still in full leaf held the heavy wet snow to the point of breaking. Fort Collins Nursery had many healthy trees snap under the pressure! So now what to do?

Safety first! Make sure to avoid large trees that may still have compromised limbs. Do not park your vehicle under tree canopies. Do not try to free or shake trees touching power lines. Alert the utility company and stay away.

Stay alert while driving. The City of Fort Collins Streets Department and Forestry crews are working diligently to clear roads and trails.

If you haven’t already, remove snow from your trees by gently shaking tree limbs or knocking them with a broom or other implement. Be careful with young trees because this sometimes can do harm to their delicate bark and limbs.

Clean up begins. Make friends with your neighbor with a chainsaw. Maybe pool your resources to rent a wood chipper and make mulch.

We highly recommend hiring a professional arborist to prune large trees. It’s safer and healthier for the tree. Here are some of our recommended pruners and arborists.

Smaller jobs can be done once the storm clears, but remember to follow the best pruning practices. Ragged edges are an invitation for diseases and insects to take hold.

Branches can be broken down and hauled to Hageman’s Earth Cycle, who accepts yard waste for a small fee. The Larimer County Landfill also has a designated area for yard waste. The City of Fort Collins has posted limb pick up areas and drop off sites.

Or, you could always keep it for the fireplace… chopping wood is great exercise!

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