The hail storm that rolled through Brighton on Monday left many homes, cars and trees damaged. Many residents know what to do with their homes and cars that were damaged but the proper ways to care for your trees might surprise you.
First, even if leaves are shredded let the any leaves remain on the plant. Don’t clip them off just because they look ugly; It’s the leaves that produce the food for the plant, so any remaining leaves will speed its recovery. The plant needs all the energy it can get!
Also, only remove the leaves on the ground for now and don’t cut any branches back simply because they were defoliated. Many plants will produce a second set of leaves if they have enough reserves (this usually takes 2-3 weeks). Make sure to water your trees and shrubs well over the next few weeks so they aren’t drought stressed on top of the hail damage. Having enough moisture will help them grow new leaves, keep the soil moist but not soaked as overwatering can be detrimental to trees as well.
Next, look for broken branches. Most branches that are knocked off trees by hail are pretty small, twigs mostly. It’s not necessary to worry about broken twigs. Contact a licensed tree company or a certified arborist if you notice any large limbs that may have broken as large tree work is dangerous work to be performed by professionals only.
Lastly, do not fertilize hail damaged trees.
Brighton residents can dispose of their branches for free at our limb drop-off site. Go to www.brightonco.gov/forestry for more tree information and to see the list for licensed tree companies in Brighton. You can call 303-655-2089 to reach the parks department to schedule an appointment for limb drop off. The city does not accept leaves or other yard waste. Please contact Select
Materials to arrange disposal of those materials.
For home and car damage it’s best to contact your insurance company on the best option for repair.