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Plant Health Care Acts as Insurance for your Trees

You'll notice, if you've been an ArborScape plant health care customer for a few years, that our service relies a lot on seasonal timing. For example, if you need your crab-apple trimmed we insist you wait until winter, and if you have an IPS beetle problem, then we'll have to treat for that in March [...]

Plant Health Care Acts as Insurance for your Trees2019-05-16T12:45:14-06:00

Cool Planet, a Colorado company, Believes Soil Health Improvement Aligns Closely with Sustainable Landscaping

We get excited about local Colorado companies doing anything technology oriented when it comes to soil. So I want to take a quick look at Cool Planet and later in the post offer more information about biochar what it is and why it could help promote soil health. And while we promote proven types of [...]

Cool Planet, a Colorado company, Believes Soil Health Improvement Aligns Closely with Sustainable Landscaping2019-05-09T13:32:58-06:00

Where to Plant Trees to Best Benefit the Urban Landscape

Where to Plant Trees to Best Benefit the Urban Landscape You may not be aware but when you plant a tree or just water and maintain the trees you have, you not only add cultural value (appearance, shade for sitting in the yard) to the city, but you also are planting an air cleaner and [...]

Where to Plant Trees to Best Benefit the Urban Landscape2019-05-01T16:34:35-06:00

4 Reasons You Should Plant A Tree This Arbor Day

There are numerous benefits to planting a tree ranging from environmental to economic benefits.  Many people plant trees for logical reasons while others naturally or sub-consciously begin to plant trees on their property without thinking of why. They simply feel it's the natural thing to do.  Whether you’ve already decided to plant a tree, or [...]

4 Reasons You Should Plant A Tree This Arbor Day2019-04-25T12:13:32-06:00

Does My Town Have Watering Restrictions? 2019 Update

Last updated April 25, 2019 Updates on Colorado watering restrictions for Summer 2019. Denver Water will have restrictions on outdoor watering starting May 1st and continuing through Oct. 1, 2019. About 4 inches of rain has fallen in the Metro area so far in 2019 - which is [...]

Does My Town Have Watering Restrictions? 2019 Update2019-04-24T14:28:35-06:00

8 Books About Trees for Arbor Day

Arbor Day was first observed in 1872 and has traditionally been celebrated the last Friday of April.  A testament to beauty, nature and environmental awareness, trees are the lifeblood of our existence so it makes sense to give them a day to celebrate.  Especially with kids, who are natural born tree huggers, make sure to [...]

8 Books About Trees for Arbor Day2019-01-03T16:05:29-06:00

Good trees to plant and trees to avoid in dry climates

Spring is here and now is a preferred time to plant some trees. Colorado and Parker are hard areas to grow in because of the dry summers and the harsh winters.  The fact is, most trees prefer consistency and have a hard time with the extreme weather here in Colorado. Because of this the Colorado Tree [...]

Good trees to plant and trees to avoid in dry climates2019-04-12T17:04:31-06:00

What are the odds that emerald ash borer emerges in 2019?

I'd say there is a 75% chance that emerald ash borer is detected within the city and county of Denver over the next three seasons and about a 25% chance it's found this year. Every year the odds go up a little bit and would increase even further if Broomfield and Westminster get hit this [...]

What are the odds that emerald ash borer emerges in 2019?2019-04-18T11:17:50-06:00

Grounds/Landscaping Jobs Available at Dynamic, Locally-Owned Tree Service

ArborScape, a premier and growing Denver Metro area tree service company, is currently hiring full-time, experienced landscaping and grounds help for the 2019 season.  This is a great opportunity for the right person to move into year-round, full-time landscaping work, and pay commensurate with experience. Preference will be given to landscaping candidates who hold a [...]

Grounds/Landscaping Jobs Available at Dynamic, Locally-Owned Tree Service2019-04-12T16:21:59-06:00

Aeration Time of Year: Is Aeration Better in Spring or Fall?

While the benefits of lawn aeration have been proven in many different parts of the country, it still isn't a practice that is embraced by every lawn care company out there. Reasons that are given include, Lack of demand.  Lack of time to schedule and perform the service. Resistance to the true utility or they [...]

Aeration Time of Year: Is Aeration Better in Spring or Fall?2019-04-12T16:33:43-06:00

6 Commercial Landscaping Trends Sweeping Office and Campuses

Here are six trends that will impact landscape planning, design and maintenance within the next few years.  Experiential landscape design. - Today's landscapes are intentionally installed for living, working and playing and bring together form and function for a quality outdoor experience. Office landscapes continue to be built more frequently to include walking and bicycle paths, [...]

6 Commercial Landscaping Trends Sweeping Office and Campuses2019-04-12T16:37:06-06:00

Aeration Nourishes Soil

Aeration Nourishes Soil   Parker is one of the best places to live in the United States. Tucked in Douglas County, we have beautiful neighborhoods and a prospering economy. Although wonderful for people, this Colorado area is not the easiest for our lawns, plants and trees to flourish on their own. There are a few ways [...]

Aeration Nourishes Soil2019-04-03T11:55:54-06:00

FOMO alert! One week left to save 10% on tree trimming! Ends March 20th

One week left for winter rates. Spring is almost here and that means 10% off for winter work will go away. The last day to request an estimate and earn a 10% discount is March 20th. For customers who have already taken advantage of this offer, thank you! You save money and there are 10 [...]

FOMO alert! One week left to save 10% on tree trimming! Ends March 20th2019-03-13T11:19:24-06:00

Deep Root Fertilization Promotes Healthy Trees

Maintaining healthy trees in Colorado weather can be a challenge and Castle Rock has trees worth protecting. One excellent, effective way to keep your trees healthy year round is known as deep root fertilization. Whether you are caring for your homes trees or commercial property trees, this tree fertilization will make the difference in making [...]

Deep Root Fertilization Promotes Healthy Trees2019-01-03T16:21:21-06:00

12 New Ways to Look at Your Landscaping and Outdoor Living Spaces this Spring

With March blowing in like a lion, our thoughts are turning toward the outdoors and any lawn and landscaping projects for the year. I wanted to offer some new ways of looking at your yard, some new products and services that look to be hot for 2019 and perhaps a new way to look at [...]

12 New Ways to Look at Your Landscaping and Outdoor Living Spaces this Spring2019-01-30T11:48:54-06:00

Choosing the Right Tree to Plant for Your Colorado Landscape

We recently published an article about how trees get stressed out and what to do to nurse them back to health. However, one of the biggest problems trees have is they aren't the right species for the climate (or micro-climate) that they are planted in. This is probably the biggest factor in controlling the health [...]

Choosing the Right Tree to Plant for Your Colorado Landscape2019-01-30T09:49:17-06:00

Two Common Species Recommended for Dormant Oil Treatments

Two Common Species Recommended for Dormant Oil Treatments Coming up in in late winter/early spring, many of our Castle Rock clients schedule dormant oil treatment on their aspen or pine trees. Given these are two key species in our area, dormant oil treatments are key in preventing needle scale on pine trees and oystershell scale on [...]

Two Common Species Recommended for Dormant Oil Treatments2019-02-07T12:54:51-06:00

Arborist Terms and Quizzes

I'll admit. Most of our customers could care less about the difference between the phloem and the cambium or what the abiotic features of a tree are. They just want their tree healthy and looking good. But there are also the tree fanatics. This includes the Arborscape staff, who to an outsider, seem to have [...]

Arborist Terms and Quizzes2019-01-30T09:22:36-06:00

Things to Plan for a Land Clearing Project

It's the ultimate Colorado dream to stake out 40 acres of land, or maybe 0.4 acres in this market, either in the foothills overlooking the city, somewhere further west or even a ranch in Bennett or Elizabeth. Once you buy that land, it may sit for a while - but eventually you'll need to clear [...]

Things to Plan for a Land Clearing Project2019-01-03T16:17:29-06:00

Save 10% on tree removal and tree pruning

January 16, 2019 - You can save 10% on tree work when taking advantage of our low cost winter rates. This could save you hundreds of dollars, especially on large tree removals which can range from $1,000 for an average ornamental, to $4,000 for large cottonwoods. On a deal like that 10% off really adds [...]

Save 10% on tree removal and tree pruning2019-01-22T10:17:11-06:00

How Trees Let You Know They Are Stressed

Trees might not throw a tantrum or get angry when stressed like we do, but they do have ways of showing that they are stressed. It’s a different kind of stress as well. Sort of like when we are hungry and get irritable. With trees it’s that they are thirsty and or hungry, reaching out [...]

How Trees Let You Know They Are Stressed2019-01-02T16:28:28-06:00

The Arborist of 2029 – Laser Branch Therapy – Part 2

Summary: This one is pretty out there and I don't see lasers actually doing much for the tree trimming and tree services world BUT what's a prediction if we aren't wrong. I found myself laughing at myself but enjoy! 1/09/2019 Lasers are a parallel technology that could affect the way a tree service trims and shapes [...]

The Arborist of 2029 – Laser Branch Therapy – Part 22019-01-02T15:50:32-06:00

Winter Tree Pruning Begins. Get your crabapple trimmed soon!

Winter tree trimming of fruit trees and other species vulnerable to blight such as, crabapple pear peach apple elm hawthorn Trimming of these trees will begin January 2nd and commence through the end of February. No need to wait for us to reach out to you if you have already received a free estimate but [...]

Winter Tree Pruning Begins. Get your crabapple trimmed soon!2019-01-03T15:52:24-06:00

Future Truck: The Arborist of 2029

Summary: We wrote this in 2011. While meant to be a different way of looking at how equipment will improve in your tree care, on reviewing this data in 2019, in some ways these things are happening but the widespread adoption is lagging. Tree services have been defined by important developments, such as the bucket [...]

Future Truck: The Arborist of 20292019-01-02T15:43:16-06:00

Olmsted and the Art of Landscape Design

I recently read The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson about the architectural challenges and triumphs of designing and building the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Daniel Burnham was the lead architect but I was fascinated by the eccentric and uncompromising, Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture and the designer of Central Park, [...]

Olmsted and the Art of Landscape Design2018-12-14T15:50:49-06:00

Why should you water in the winter?

"Why should I bother watering in the winter? Isn't the snowfall enough?" This is a question we hear a good deal from new residents unused to the high plains desert Colorado is largely composed of. Sure, you water in our dry summers, but as the weather turns and the snow begins to fall, you [...]

Why should you water in the winter?2018-07-23T10:33:19-06:00

In the market for seasonal snow and ice management work with a thriving, growing company?

In the market for steady seasonal work with a thriving, growing company? Snowscapes LLC is now hiring for winter snow removal contractors!  We have several seasonal spots with flexibility, competitive compensation, and potential room for growth. 1 to 2 snow plow driver positions Hand shovelers (open hiring) Our removal assignments are primarily commercial contracts, and mostly located in SW metro [...]

In the market for seasonal snow and ice management work with a thriving, growing company?2018-10-29T11:53:53-06:00

Are your trees ready for winter? – El Nino Patterns Predict Heavy Snow

CBS Denver is predicting heavy, wet snow for the upcoming winter.  Are your trees ready for it? Here is how you can tell.  Mature trees that haven't been trimmed in more than 4 years might be vulnerable to broken branches. This is especially true for ash and maple trees. When we address a trim [...]

Are your trees ready for winter? – El Nino Patterns Predict Heavy Snow2018-12-19T08:44:58-06:00

Canopy management for trees is an effective tool to protect trees & shrubs while lowering costs

Sometimes, it takes extreme weather events to notice our trees. That becomes easier when high-wind and storms cause branches to fall, twigs to accumulate and trunks to topple. It’s at those times when our trees become more noticeable!  While acts of God are an exception rider in our home insurance policies, there are ways to [...]

Canopy management for trees is an effective tool to protect trees & shrubs while lowering costs2019-01-24T16:31:23-06:00

Seven Common Lawn Care Mistakes to Avoid

It can seem impossible to obtain the lush green lawn that your customer desires. No matter what, it ends up looking patchy and unkempt. Here are seven common lawn care mistakes that may be causing these lawn woes. 1. Watering Issues In order to maintain a healthy lawn, the right amount of water must be [...]

Seven Common Lawn Care Mistakes to Avoid2018-09-05T13:12:07-06:00

Tips on Maintaining a Great Lawn

Fertilization On warm-season turf-grass species, withhold the first spring nitrogen application until soil temperatures at the 4-inch depth are consistently 65° F. I receive questions all the time about applying fertilizer early in the year especially when we have a warm February. Soil temperature data can to obtained by www.georgiaweather.net. This past week (Week of April [...]

Tips on Maintaining a Great Lawn2019-01-02T16:42:30-06:00

Six Symptoms of Emerald Ash Borer

If you own an ash tree and live in Colorado, emerald ash borer threatens your tree. Six Symptoms of Emerald Ash Borer Try ArborScape's new Emerald Ash Borer cost calculator - a free, straightforward web-based tool for those concerned about managing their ash trees into the future. Click here to try it out! Emerald ash borer is a [...]

Six Symptoms of Emerald Ash Borer2018-08-27T09:29:15-06:00

Are your trees dying or looking sick? ArborScape can help!

Are your trees dying or looking sick? The loss of mature trees can add up to ten of thousands of dollars in losses.  ArborScape is a licensed tree spraying company which believes in integrating pest management with a broader program to promote the health of your valuable trees and shrubs.  We offer a free estimate [...]

Are your trees dying or looking sick? ArborScape can help!2018-08-20T12:40:59-06:00

Why are root stimulator applications useful in tree care?

Root stimulator applications encourage tree root development but specifically the fine root hair development. A fall application should limit nitrogen as excessive nitrogen can upset the tree's natural cycle into winter dormancy. The main difference between root stimulator applications and deep root fertilization is that a root stimulator uses little to no iron and nitrogen.  In certain situations,  [...]

Why are root stimulator applications useful in tree care?2018-09-10T15:33:15-06:00

How to address dollar spot or those isolated brown spots on your lawn

What to do about ring spots on your lawn? This time of year, you may be noticing the development of rings or dollar sized brown spots on your lawn. This is referred to as ring spot or dollar spot and more formally as Necrotic ring spot (NRS). NRS is a disease of lawns that creates dollar-coined-sized or [...]

How to address dollar spot or those isolated brown spots on your lawn2018-07-19T17:02:47-06:00

Controlling Ascochyta lawn blight

Question: I have noticed a few spots in the grass on one side of my house? Could it be something in the fertilizer that will go away or might it be a fungus?  Answer: We are seeing a whole lot of Ascochyta leaf blight all over Denver this year. The fungus is a leaf blight meaning it [...]

Controlling Ascochyta lawn blight2018-07-13T10:27:26-06:00

2018 High Plains Drought Conditions Intensifying

  Drought is tightening its grip across the Southwest and High Plains regions as extreme-dry conditions spread throughout the area, per NOAA's High Plains Regional Climate Center data released May 8th. On the southern high plains, Oklahoma remains ground zero for the worst drought conditions in the United States; about 20 percent of the state is facing "exceptional [...]

2018 High Plains Drought Conditions Intensifying2018-05-11T15:11:14-06:00

Loveland: Proactive monitoring for EAB

Loveland sets traps to monitor emerald ash borer Each year, for the past seven years, Loveland parks staff have placed traps in strategic areas to monitor whether the emerald ash borer has arrived in the city. Again, 10 traps were being placed Monday. The pest has not been confirmed anywhere in Larimer County, in traps [...]

Loveland: Proactive monitoring for EAB2018-08-24T17:20:53-06:00

Winter Care Tips for Colorado Landscapes

 Perennials and other landscaping plants are better able to tolerate winter conditions when they're well prepared. Try the tips below to keep your property in peak form come spring!   via wikimedia   Winter watering is key for our Colorado climate. Most homeowners realize the need for watering trees in the growing season, [...]

Winter Care Tips for Colorado Landscapes2018-03-14T10:35:47-06:00

More on Hiring a Tree Services Company

Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Tree Services Company - Part Two Hiring out work on a tree trimming or tree removal project can be intimidating. In the first part of this series we shared questions to ask when evaluating a tree contractor.  Read on for more tips and tricks for making an optimal choice. [...]

More on Hiring a Tree Services Company2018-05-25T15:05:17-06:00

Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Tree Services Company – Part One

You're searching to hire a tree service. Amazingly, every one advertises that no job is too big or too small. They all have great reviews on Yelp. They're all  known for their outstanding customer service. All you have to do is call the first one you find, because they all seem uniformly great,  right? Wrong. [...]

Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Tree Services Company – Part One2017-07-13T15:42:53-06:00

Preventing Codling Moth Saves Your Backyard Apples

Hobbyist apple growers may dream of eating backyard apples only to discover that worms have overtaken the fruit. The culprit is typically codling moth - and those worms are actually pupating larvae, aka caterpillars. Codling moth is a common fruit insect, attacking a variety of fruit trees, including apple and pear trees. The female moths [...]

Preventing Codling Moth Saves Your Backyard Apples2017-06-15T14:44:40-06:00

EAB Press Release from Colorado State Forest Service

Apr. 17, 2017 BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Many Coloradans plant trees in the spring because it’s the best time of year to get new trees established, and communities around the state will be hosting plantings this week to recognize Colorado’s Arbor Day – which this year falls on April 21. With the exotic, tree-killing emerald ash [...]

EAB Press Release from Colorado State Forest Service2017-06-06T14:26:21-06:00

About Merit Injection

Merit is a systemic injectible insectiside, best done in spring or fall for season long control of leaf- and needle-feeding insects, bronze Birch borer, and is effective in controlling Emerald Ash Borer when the pest population is low. Merit is based on the insecticide Imidacloprid, used to help control pests and insects on trees. It is [...]

About Merit Injection2017-01-31T16:32:58-06:00

2016 Emerald Ash Borer Roundup

As we know, the devastating, invasive parasite Emerald Ash Borer has been making relentless inroads in the midwest throughout 2016.  Following are updates to round out the year in news.  Find FAQ and basics on the Emerald Ash Borer here. Do you have concerns about your Ash tree? We'll be happy to come out and assess it [...]

2016 Emerald Ash Borer Roundup2017-06-06T14:26:21-06:00

Habitat responsibility: Arborscape and NREL

ArborScape and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) teamed up to create wildlife habitat at the South Table Mountain Campus in Golden, CO. ArborScape cut down several trees and bucked them up to use as log and brush piles to make cover and foraging habitat for migratory birds.  The NREL wildlife biologist and campus operations [...]

Habitat responsibility: Arborscape and NREL2016-12-06T15:25:41-06:00

Tips for Buying Fall Bulbs

Tips for Buying Fall Bulbs If you want to herald spring with a burst of color, you'll have to plan ahead, since many bulbs must be planted in fall. Choose a variety of early, mid and late season bulbs for a long season of color, and come spring, you'll be glad you planted early. (Not [...]

Tips for Buying Fall Bulbs2017-06-06T14:26:22-06:00

ArborScape pros give back to Colorado veterans

via KDVR Fox31 Denver: DENVER -- It's a question nearly everyone who has visited Fort Logan National Cemetery in southwest Denver has likely pondered: How could you ever pay back those who paid such a price for their country? On Wednesday, a few dozen volunteers finally found a small way. “Absolutely. This is the best [...]

ArborScape pros give back to Colorado veterans2017-06-06T14:26:22-06:00

Welcome ArborScape’s Newest Family Member

Please join us to welcome our newest family member! This beautiful baby is brand new and we are overjoyed to have this new addition to our family. Our new baby girl, officially known as ArborScape’s 2017 Altec Freightliner, is on her way to reaching skylines in our community.   David Merriman, owner of ArborScape, found [...]

Welcome ArborScape’s Newest Family Member2017-06-06T14:26:22-06:00
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