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Storm Damage – preparing for unexpected weather

Our Approach:

Each storm is different and can present a variety of challenges. However, one thing remains the same – our top priority is community safety. Ideally, our teams will simultaneously address any storm damage and perform scheduled tree work.

Depending on the volume of damage caused by a storm, we may temporarily suspend normal tree work and focus on storm damage. When this occurs, we complete the storm work as quick as humanly possible and reschedule our normal tree work so we may complete the service(s) soon thereafter.

During storm operations, our focus is to address any safety issues first. We remove the hazard and move on to the next situation. Brush (limbs & debris) aren’t a concern at this point and most likely will be picked up at a later date. Swingle will not pick up brush or debris we haven’t generated.

Irrigation Systems:

Protect your sprinkler system: If you can drain the back flow preventer – do it, then wrap it with a towel and cover with a trash bag or sheet of plastic. If you can’t drain the backflow, proceed with wrapping it securely – find out how in the video below.


Shake trees to remove accumulating snow to prevent breakage. For the higher, unreachable branches, use a painter’s pole or broom to reach up and shake off the snow.

If you do have downed tree limbs on your property, be cautious of any power lines which might have come down along with them. Do not go near any wires on the ground – always assume a downed line is an energized line.  If a power line has fallen onto a vehicle, stay away and call 911. Contact your local electric service provider immediately should your experience any downed power lines.


Cover plants, vegetables and flowers with cloth sheets or blankets, thick bedspreads or curtains or cardboard boxes to protect from freeze damage. If you have flowers in gardening pots, bring them into your garage or mudroom for protection. Get creative – buckets, planters, and pots work well when you turn them upside-down.

If you need tree service due to the storm, contact Swingle as soon as possible at 303-337-6200.

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