Which trees are more susceptible to snow damage in Colorado?



The explosion of a maple branch under the weight of a heavy snow is enough to make any homeowner wince. Broken tree limbs expose critical parts of trees to disease and irreparable damage. Fall across the Mile High city can mean 70 degrees and sunshine in the morning and twelve inches of snow by dinner. It also means thousands of trees may not survive the next big snowstorm.

We hate seeing beautiful trees broken by a Denver snow storm. How do you know which trees are more susceptible to storm damage, especially snow damage?

Trees that are more susceptible to snow damage in Colorado

Maples, ash trees, Siberian elms, American elms, and cottonwoods classify as fast-growing softwood trees. This means that their wood is easier to burrow into for critters to find their new home. It also means that they’re more susceptible to decay over time.The problem is that many of these trees are popular throughout south Denver, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch. When a heavy load of snow and ice sticks to their branches, these trees often can’t handle the weight and snap. Hardier trees like oaks and pines are built to sustain heavy snow and ice.

Even younger trees can be damaged during a snow or ice storm. The weight of the snow and ice is sometimes enough to bend the tree over and cause significant stress on the tree’s support system. If you see any of your trees weighed down by snow or ice, you can use a broom or rake to brush the snow off. Remember to sweep upward, not downward, when relieving snow-laden branches. A downward sweep could further break or damage the tree. Use a gentle, firm upward sweep to slowly remove the ice and snow off the branches. Even if you see noticeable damage on a iced or snowed-over tree, it can be beneficial to remove the snow to prevent further damage.

It’s important to remember that any type of tree can be the victim of storm damage. Trimming the canopy to prevent storm damage can save the life of a tree. Many homeowners undertake the risk of trimming their own trees and unintentionally leave their trees more susceptible to snow and ice damage than before. Certified arborists, like our Fielding Tree and Shrub care staff, know which part of the tree needs to be shaped to survive winter storms. Trimming your tree to prevent storm damage is a delicate practice, not a Saturday DIY-er task for the weekend warrior.

If you have untreated storm damage on a tree, it’s vital that a Fielding certified arborist give it the care and attention it needs before winter. We are Denver’s favorite arborist serving the south Denver, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and Douglas County areas. If you need tree care in Littleton, we’re just down the street. If you need tree trimming in Highlands Ranch, we’re less than five minutes away.

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