Residents up and down the Front Range were walloped by a late spring storm on Monday that brought half a foot of snow to some neighborhoods — and with it, broken branches, damaged trees and new leaves straining under the heavy snow.

For those attempting to clean up and repair their snow-damages trees, the Colorado State Forest Service has a few suggestions.

People would be well served to take a wait-and-see approach with snow removal, said Vince Urbina, community forestry program manager for the state forest service.

“You can try and get snow off the branches, but there’s only so high you can reach,” he said. Safety should be a priority, Urbina said, especially with branches hanging on by a thread that could damage people or vehicles if they fall.

Ultimately, “trees are resilient,” he said. “Make sure you get in there and do proper pruning to ensure the tree will rebound from the damage done by the snow.”

Here are some other state forest service tips and tricks for dealing with snow-damaged trees:

  • Check for hazards and wait before sawing: “Although the first impulse may be to start sawing when a tree is damaged,” the forest service said on its website, “homeowners should first assess the situation to avoid hurting themselves or further damaging the tree.” Residents should make sure not to contact downed utility lines or standing under broken, hanging branches.
  • How to assess the tree’s health: If a tree still possesses its main upward branch, most of its major limbs and half (or more) of its crown, the tree has a good chance of complete recovery.
  • Careful knocking snow off the branches: This could cause more branches to break. Gently push up on the branches from below to prevent additional stress.
  • Removing broken branches: Pruning lowers the risk of decay and insects or diseases entering the wounded tree. The organization recommends pruning at the point where a branch joins a larger one (called a branch collar). But do not over-prune. While a tree may look funny with some of its branches gone,  most trees quickly grow new foliage to cover its bare areas.
  • Reach out for help: Trees lying between the street and sidewalk may the responsibility of the city. For repair jobs that may be too ambitious, call a certified arborist. These professionals can be found through the International Society of Arboriculture.

The Colorado State Forest Service website has more information about tree care and protection.

Cynthia Karvaski, spokeswoman for Denver Parks and Recreation, said the city on Tuesday had received 117 calls for trees blocking a roadway or street.

If a tree fell from someone’s yard into the street, the property-owner will be billed for the removal services, Karvaski said.

“Property owners are responsible for pruning and cleaning up debris from trees located on private property and within the public right of way adjacent to their property,” according to a statement from Parks and Recreation.

Denver residents can call 311 to report fallen trees or branches. Residents can visit denvergov.org/forestry for a list of licensed and insured tree care contractors.

Denver waste management collects a limited amount of branches as part of its regular extra trash collection service. Branches must be no larger than 4 inches in diameter, and must be cut into lengths that are 4 feet or less, bundled and tied and weigh no more than 50 pounds, the city said. Denver residents can also drop off branches at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off center located near East Cherry Creek Drive South and South Quebec Street.