Brighton urges caution with upcoming tree repairs

Posted 8/8/22

The city of Brighton is urging residents to use caution as they deal with broken tree limbs after the Aug. 6 storm.

Here are some tips when dealing with storm-damaged trees:

Check for hazards: …

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Brighton urges caution with upcoming tree repairs

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The city of Brighton is urging residents to use caution as they deal with broken tree limbs after the Aug. 6 storm.

Here are some tips when dealing with storm-damaged 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; and.
  • 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

Visit http://static.colostate.edu/client-files/csfs/pdfs/FINAL_Storm_Damage_Quick_Guide.pdf for the CSFS guide to dealing with storm-damaged trees. If you would like to hire a tree company, go to brightonco.gov/forestry to see the list of approved/certified tree companies.

Brighton residents (no contractors) may call the city’s parks and 0pen space department at 303-655-2054 to make an appointment to drop off limbs at the city’s free limb disposal site.

Storm damage, tree maintenance, tree damage, city of Brighton

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