Experts have tips for caring for trees after destructive windstorm

DENVER -- Many homeowners across Denver are still trying to clean up trees downed by this week's wicked windstorm.

Tree crews said phones haven’t stopped ringing since those gusts moved through the area Tuesday.

A huge tree was blown down in Brenda Chavez’s backyard in southwest Denver.

She along with many homeowners are wanting to know what to do with other trees in their yards.

Joe Phillipps, a certified arborist, has been working almost nonstop the past couple of days.

Trees that could cause trouble, he said, are sometimes easy to spot.

“If you see a bunch of mushrooms at the base of a tree you probably have some problems," said Phillipps, who owns AAA Emergency Tree Service.

Having trees worked on or removed can help prevent them from crashing down.

He also said if they make a hollow sound when knocked on, they might have a problem with decay.

Peeling bark might be indicative of another issue. Phillipps said branches need to be trimmed at different times for different trees.

Chavez said the tree in her backyard is going to have to come down. The cost of clearing a tree clean can vary widely.

Phillipps recommends getting a tree company to be very detailed in its contract specifying the job that will be done before work begins.

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