Once full with leaves and thick with branches, many trees in Sioux Falls were hit hard by the ice storm.
On Monday night forestry specialists from South Dakota State University answered homeowner's questions about their mangled trees.
Their advice began with safety, stating the importance of wearing the correct gear and how to operate saws.
The question they heard the most was if homeowner's could save their trees.
"Because everybody has invested a long time. A lot of trees that were damaged were 30 years plus. Thinking of cutting those trees down and starting over that's hard. Tonight, we went over those guidelines. If you lost more than half the canopy that's usually where you start making the decision the tree needs to go," said John Ball a forestry specialist at SDSU Extension.
If you need to replace your trees, the forestry specialists recommend planting Autumn Blaze and Silver maples.