How to spot, assess, and remove wind damaged trees

The winds have been howling in Colorado recently. Strong seasonal storms can cause a variety of wind damage, even unseen damage to trees. Here’s a quick guide to identifying, assessing, and removing wind damaged trees.

Step 1 – Assess all Wind Damaged Trees

Take a walk through your yard and look for fallen branches and debris. Check for broken branches that may still be hanging in the tree. If you suspect wind has compromised a tree’s trunk,

Start the fall by trimming your trees and shrubs

Can you believe fall is almost here?

It may be July now, but back-to-school ads are already starting to run. There are two ideal times each year to trim your trees and shrubs: late spring, and early fall. Maybe you missed the first trim of the year. Mid-September is a great time to cut away the summer growth and reshape your trees and bushes for the winter and next spring.

Clear away dead and diseased branches

Depending on when you trim in the fall,

Why are there so many dead fruit trees in Denver?

“Why is my fruit tree dead?”

If you’re a homeowner in Denver and Douglas County, there’s a good chance you may be asking that same question. The Mother’s Day frost of May 10th wiped out a variety of fruit trees: apple, cherry, plum, and pear. If you have a fruit tree that didn’t bloom this year, there’s a chance it’s a victim of the frost and maybe even tree diseases. (CSU Extension Horticulture)

Fungal diseases in fruit trees

A sub-freezing cold snap like the Mother’s Day blizzard can weaken and shock a tree’s vascular system.