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Preparing yards for big weekend snowstorm; trees are most at risk


Trees at risk in snowstorm

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DENVER — The warm Colorado sun is perched comfortably in the gorgeous baby blue sky.  But don’t be fooled, it’s just the warm before the storm.

And the last thing blossoming trees need is heavy, branch breaking snow.

“It could very well be disastrous,” Swingle Landscape Care Consultant Tony Hahn said.

Hahn said there are things you can do to minimize snow damage to your trees.  First and foremost, keep the snow off using an extending painters pole.  Stay away from wires, he warned.

When it comes to popping petunias, the news isn’t so foreboding.

“Perennials we don’t need to worry about because they are cold hearty. Nobody should have any annuals out right now, it’s too early,” Hahn said.

Lawns are growing, which means water is good. Real good. Time to aerate.

“I wouldn’t only aerate, I would fertilize because get it down ahead of the storm then you take advantage of it. You aerate, you let the moisture carry that fertilizer right down into those aeration holes … primo,” Hahn said.

Enjoy the moisture because in three months we’re going to wish we had more of it.

Tree limb collection planned in Boulder

Due to the extraordinary amount of tree limb damage caused by spring storms, the City of Boulder will conduct a special curbside collection program for downed limbs, beginning Monday, April 25, 2016, and concluding before Memorial Day. Residents are advised that this weekend`s expected inclement weather may result in additional fallen tree limbs that will be included in the collection program.

A map of the zones and collection dates is available online. Boulder residents may also call the Storm Debris Hotline at (303) 441-1856 with questions about the collection program and schedule.

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