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Weather Damage to Trees

Denver Parks and Recreation is offering residents the following information for tree care, snow removal and disposal of downed trees and broken branches.

Removing Snow from Trees

  • Check to make sure the tree is safe and clear of all utility lines prior to removing snow. If the tree is clear of utility lines, using a broom, remove as much snow as possible from branches.
  • Do not attempt to climb tree or use ladder to reach higher limbs

Damaged Trees and Broken Branches

  • Property owners are responsible for cleanup of debris from trees as well as their pruning needs on private property and from trees within the public right-of-way adjacent to their property
  • If a tree limb is broken on a tree within a public right-of-way, or you have general questions about the condition of a public-right-of way tree, please contact Denver Forestry for assistance
  • For trees on private property, citizens can visit for a list of licensed and insured tree care contractors
  • If emergency removal of a fallen tree or tree branch is needed to clear a street, the city can assist though an established on-call contract, however the cost of the work will be billed to the responsible property owner

Disposal of Tree Branches

  • Denver Public Works Solid Waste Management collects a limited amount of branches as part of its regular trash collection service to residents
  • Tie loose branches in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length and in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds. No branches may exceed 4 inches in diameter.  A maximum of 10 branches bundles per household will be collected per scheduled Extra Trash service collection (every 4 weeks).
  • Denver residents can also drop off branches at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off center located near East Cherry Creek South Drive and South Quebec Street. Hours of operation can be found on the city’s website at

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