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Preparing Your Trees for Colorado’s Spring Storms: Dos and Don’ts

As spring unfolds in Colorado, it brings the promise of warmer weather, blooming flowers, and rejuvenated landscapes. However, along with the beauty of the season comes the potential for severe weather events, including thunderstorms, high winds, and hail. These spring storms can take a toll on trees, causing damage to branches, trunks, and roots. At Front Range Arborists, we understand the importance of proactive tree care in preparing for Colorado’s spring storms. Here are some dos and don’ts for preparing trees for storms and minimizing the damage.


Do: Inspect Your Trees Regularly

Regular tree inspections are essential for identifying potential hazards and vulnerabilities before a storm strikes. Look for signs of disease, decay, pest infestations, and structural weaknesses such as cracks or splits in branches and trunks. Pay special attention to trees close to structures, power lines, or other objects that could be damaged in a storm.


Don’t: Neglect Pruning and Maintenance

Pruning is an essential part of tree maintenance that helps promote healthy growth, improve structure, and reduce the risk of storm damage. Remove dead, diseased, or damaged branches, as well as any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. Proper pruning techniques, such as reducing branch length and thinning out dense foliage, can also improve a tree’s ability to withstand strong winds and heavy precipitation.


Do: Anchor Young or Vulnerable Trees

Young trees and those with shallow root systems are particularly susceptible to uprooting or toppling in high winds. To prevent storm damage, consider staking or anchoring newly planted trees until their root systems become established. Use flexible materials such as tree stakes and guy wires to provide support without restricting natural movement. Be sure to monitor the tree’s growth and adjust the stakes as needed to avoid girdling or constriction.


Don’t: Overwater Before a Storm

While adequate moisture is essential for tree health, overwatering can weaken roots and increase the risk of uprooting during a storm. Avoid watering trees excessively before a forecasted storm, especially if the soil is already saturated from previous precipitation. Instead, aim for deep, infrequent watering to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.


Do: Mulch Around the Base of Trees

Mulching is a simple yet effective way to protect tree roots, conserve soil moisture, and suppress weed growth. Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or shredded bark, around the base of trees, extending several feet beyond the drip line. This will help insulate the soil, regulate temperature fluctuations, and improve soil structure, promoting overall tree health and resilience.


Don’t: Wait Until After a Storm to Assess the Damage

After a severe storm passes through, it’s tempting to wait until the skies clear before assessing tree damage. However, delaying inspection and cleanup can increase the risk of further damage or injury from falling branches or unstable trees. As soon as it’s safe to do so, survey your property for any signs of damage or hazards and take appropriate action to mitigate risks and restore safety.


Preparing your trees for Colorado’s spring storms requires proactive planning, maintenance, and vigilance. By following these dos and don’ts, you can help protect your trees from storm damage and ensure their health and longevity for years to come. At Front Range Arborists in Colorado Springs, our team of certified arborists specializes in tree care and storm damage prevention services tailored to the unique needs of Colorado landscapes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and safeguard your trees against the unpredictable forces of nature this spring.