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Brighton Colorado - Use caution dealing with storm damaged trees 20 May 2022 ( news )
Brighton , state Colorado ( By Press Release office)
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With a winter storm warning forecasted to bring snow to the area Friday into Saturday , the City of Brighton’s forestry team reminds residents that trees may become damaged as a result and to beware of broken tree limbs that may be ready to fail . Per municipal code , tree care is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner . This includes downed branches and limbs . If you would like to hire a tree company please go to
www . brightonco . gov/forestry
to see the list of approved/certified tree companies .
Here are some tips when dealing with snow - damage 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 .
The CSFS offers a
guide to dealing with storm - damaged trees
Brighton residents may call the City’s Parks and Open Space Department at 303 - 655 - 2274 to make an appointment to drop limbs off at the City’s free limb disposal site ( Brighton residents only , no contractors ) .
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