Pruning your trees doesn’t just improve the look of a tree. It keeps passersby and your property safe. Here on the Front Range, trees are often damaged by high winds, lightning, heavy snowfall (especially in the spring months), and a litany of other sources. When your branches aren’t thriving, they can be downright dangerous. Fortunately, we provide safety pruning services to ensure that your property is safe from the hazards of dead and dying tree limbs. So let’s talk branch safety.

When Is a Branch Unsafe?

It’s an unfortunate truth, but branches can be downright dangerous. What’s worse, dead branches often go overlooked, until they drop and cause damage. If you notice any dead, dying, or unhealthy branches, it’s best to have them lopped off, before they get a chance to be a danger. Be especially cognizant of larger branches, and branches that are high off the ground, since they can be the most hazardous. Also, be mindful of branches that are close to powerlines, branches that hang over your driveway, the street, and the sidewalk. And of course, be wary of branches that hang above your home. A heavy branch can sail straight through the roof of your home, endangering residents and causing thousands of dollars in damage. There are a few signs of dead, dying, and unhealthy branches that you for which you can keep an eye out:

  • Your branch isn’t producing leaves in the warmer seasons.
  • The leaves of your tree are discolored.
  • The branch is overgrown with moss or mildew.
  • The branch is cracked or broken.
  • The branch is missing sections of its bark.
  • The branch is visibly damaged from insects or animals.

If you notice any of these signs, have an arborist over to see if the limb can be saved, or if it should be cut.

What Damages Branches?

Branches are constantly exposed to mother nature. High winds can snap branches. Lightning can split branches. Heavy snow can cause branches to collapse. Frost snaps can shock and kill branches. Termites can ravage branches. Your branches may also die if the roots of your tree aren’t getting enough nutrition or water. At the end of the day, branches are built to withstand all of the elements that mother nature can impose. However, in the most extreme conditions, branches do fail and fall.

Safety Pruning With Lumber Jack & Jill

Don’t let a dead limb damage your home or injure a bystander, give us a call! If you notice any signs that your branches may be weakened, its best to have an arborist over to your property for an inspection. We can advise you as to whether or not you’ll need to remove your branch or if it may have a chance at recovery. Here at Lumber Jack & Jill, we have a highly qualified, skilled, and educated team of tree care experts. Our owners, Mike and Emily, both have International Society of Arboriculture certifications. Count on our arborists to assess the health of your trees and to prune them safely. If you’re ready to get started, get in touch for a get a free quote!