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Tree care updates and news items as well as best practices for canopy management to keep your trees and lawn sustainably growing. These posts represent a synthesis of our best practices and knowledge from serving thousands of customers.

Drought Preparedness and Drought Remedies

As climate change accelerates, it's important to understand the ramifications of drought, as well as treatment options for your lawn and trees. According to the UCS, "Individual drought periods can be understood as discrete weather events. Climate changes occur over longer periods and can be observed as changes in the patterns of weather events. For instance, [...]

Drought Preparedness and Drought Remedies2019-07-30T15:01:34-07:00

New: Colorado Champion Trees, tree tours, and new tree finder app

    A notable tree is one that is remarkable or distinguished in some way, or one that’s related to a famous or historical person, place, or event. A tree might also be notable if the surrounding community accepts it as being special, based upon its species, uniqueness, or contribution to Notable Tree Tours (pdf) Boulder Colorado [...]

New: Colorado Champion Trees, tree tours, and new tree finder app2019-07-12T09:32:07-07:00

ArborScape Declared Landscape Industry Hidden Gem

We are proud to announce ArborScape has earned national recognition as a Landscape Management Industry Hidden Gem, a list from Green Industry Pros. Specifically, ArborScape has been named number 13 in the nation's landscape and lawn care industry as a leading business both in terms of sales growth and better business practices. ArborScape is dedicated [...]

ArborScape Declared Landscape Industry Hidden Gem2017-06-06T14:26:27-07:00

Selection and Care of Living Christmas Trees

Are "living trees" a practical option? Absolutely! Potted Christmas trees in containers placed in the home and watered like a houseplant, then later transplanted out into your landscaping, are a fantastic and truly "green" choice of tree. Living trees come in all sizes, from small (to use as a tabletop variety), to medium (as a [...]

Selection and Care of Living Christmas Trees2017-06-06T14:26:27-07:00

Lawn Fertilizing Service

When is Lawn Fertilizing Service Effective? Lawn fertilizing service is effective in many circumstances. Time limitations, extenuating circumstances, and an unhealthy looking lawn are just a few times when you can use a little help from a lawn fertilizing service to care for your yard when you cannot. 1) When There Isn't Time to Fertilize [...]

Lawn Fertilizing Service2019-07-12T08:58:58-07:00

Tree Man Cometh – What to Expect from a Plant Health Care Estimate

People love their lawns and trees and your pride of ownership is what keeps us in business. Because your plant health care (PHC) estimate can be somewhat mind boggling, we put together a short description of a few of the common treatments we often prescribe for Denver tree services. Pre-Emergent Contrary to popular belief, pre-emergent [...]

Tree Man Cometh – What to Expect from a Plant Health Care Estimate2018-08-27T13:37:18-07:00

The Latest in Tree Service Technology – Industry Struggles with Green Trucks

 Updated 7/9/2014 Leave it to NPR to find a very compelling new tree service technology called an excavator mulcher. Watch it literally swallow a 30 foot lodge-pole pine.     Made by a Quebec company called Denis CIMAF, it does a tree removal in 15 seconds, a job that would take us two to three [...]

The Latest in Tree Service Technology – Industry Struggles with Green Trucks2017-06-21T13:39:41-07:00

What is Pine Wilt?

Pine wilt is a lethal disease caused by a parasitic native nematode (tiny roundworm), carried to trees by a wood borer insect–the pine sawyer beetle .  The main visual symptoms are needles quickly turning straw colored or grey.  Exotic pines including Scots, Austrian, and mugo are susceptible to infection by the nematode.  Native pines are not [...]

What is Pine Wilt?2019-07-12T09:32:06-07:00

Pre Emergent Lawn Weed Control

  Our pre-emergent lawn fertilization round begins March 13th and will be available through april 15th depending on weather.  Sign up today for the most important fertilizer application of the year. Pre emergent lawn weed control helps prevent broadleaf weeds before they are established. While labeled a weed killer,  more simply it stops the seeds [...]

Pre Emergent Lawn Weed Control2019-07-12T08:59:13-07:00

Deep Root Fertilization and Drought

Colorado is considered rough terrain for plants and wildlife alike.  This is due to our inconsistent climate and tendency to dryness.  Denver has temperatures that range from below zero in the winter,  to 100­°-plus in the summer!  Then dry winds whip across the High Rockies and into the Front Range, leaving only the the hardiest plants [...]

Deep Root Fertilization and Drought2019-07-30T15:08:51-07:00

Can I Save My Ash Tree? Should I?

November 19, 2013 EAB States and Provinces - Nov. 2013 Summary: Emerald ash borer (EAB) forces tree owners and managers to ask how ash trees can be saved, within a climate of limited tree care budgets.  Categorizing ash trees by treatment priority can lead to difficult but necessary decisions in creating an EAB [...]

Can I Save My Ash Tree? Should I?2019-06-13T14:24:22-07:00

Clients Continue to Add Winter Tree Services

Winter tree services have always been a hard-sell, partly because our customer's attention turns elsewhere after that first snow of the year and partly over confusion about when is the best time for tree care. Since starting ArborScape in 1996, I've developed deep and trusted relationships with many of our customers. And as that has [...]

Clients Continue to Add Winter Tree Services2019-07-30T15:01:50-07:00

Emerald Ash Borer Update 10/21/2013

10/21/2013 - Denver, CO  We've been getting more information about the site in Boulder, CO where emerald ash borer (EAB) was found.  It centers around four trees within a couple of blocks, one fully dead ash tree and three others with D-shaped holes, S-shaped galleries and larval stage EAB. The presence of dead, adult EAB [...]

Emerald Ash Borer Update 10/21/20132018-08-24T17:44:18-07:00

Who Was Affected by Colorado Floods?

  September 17, 2013  While we've spoken with many clients who were not directly effected by the Colorado floods on the Front Range, we are still touching base with those of you who may need some help with their trees or lawn or anything else.  Parker, Boulder, Castle Rock and Boulder are all communities we [...]

Who Was Affected by Colorado Floods?2017-06-06T14:26:29-07:00

PEGSMOR – Categorizing Urban Arboricultural Management

  PEGSMOR is an acronym used to help arborists explain the different stages of tree care management a tree may go through. Trees do go through several stages of development during their lives. Planting Establishment Growth Structure Maturity Over Maturity Replacement PEGSMOR AND Care of Maturing Trees Urban foresters use the concept of PEGSMOR to [...]

PEGSMOR – Categorizing Urban Arboricultural Management2017-06-06T14:26:29-07:00

My Tree is Growing into Power Lines

  8/19/2013 A customer asked us if his pine should be removed since it outgrew its space and is now entangled in power lines. Selective pruning is usually possible to give clearance to power lines while keeping the tree. However, making the tree pleasing to the eye isn't always possible, depending on how much needs [...]

My Tree is Growing into Power Lines2017-06-06T14:26:29-07:00

Tree Service Reviews Where to Look

  Updated 8/12/2013 One way to evaluate different horticultural contractors is to shop around and talk to different tree and lawn care businesses. We personally think this is the long way around (not to mention a lot of time to invest in hiring a contractor). Instead we suggest our clients piggyback on what others have said [...]

Tree Service Reviews Where to Look2019-06-18T13:54:03-07:00

Tree Services Government

  While residential tree services are the main practice area for ArborScape, we also help government clients of all sorts. We can assure you of one thing. City governments in Denver metro are not wasting your tax dollars on lucrative tree trimming contracts! Joking aside,  many forestry departments have undergone a revolution in how they [...]

Tree Services Government2017-06-06T14:26:29-07:00

Flammable Shrubs Could Pose Fire Hazard, Slow Insurance Approval

  Douglas County residents may be planting the seeds of wildfire damage by using flammable mulch and shrubs in the landscaping near their homes. And insurance inspectors are taking notice. When your home backs to open space or grasslands, these can be a wildfire risk. Planting junipers, mugo pines or using flammable mulches next to [...]

Flammable Shrubs Could Pose Fire Hazard, Slow Insurance Approval2019-07-30T15:02:55-07:00

Keep Your Lawn Healthy in Bad Conditions

  With record setting temperatures and extreme drought conditions how can Colorado homeowners keep their lawns green and weed free? Throughout the Colorado region homeowners are struggling to keep their lawns healthy.  This damage will take several season for most homeowners to fix the lawn problems that will be created this season. So what are [...]

Keep Your Lawn Healthy in Bad Conditions2015-10-01T14:34:07-07:00

Bush Trimming/Pruning FAQ

 What kind of pruning cuts are there? The two cuts main cuts are heading cuts and thinning cuts.  Heading cuts are meant to stimulate growth where the cut was made.  Thinning cuts are meant to remove branches at the cut entirely.  If used correctly thinning cuts can reduce shrub density without stimulating more growth. If [...]

Bush Trimming/Pruning FAQ2015-10-01T14:34:07-07:00

Removing the Stake from a Tree? (picture)

  A question we get from time to time is about staking a tree or more specifically, should I remove the stake of a young tree? The answer is yes 99 percent of the time. In fact this post is more about why it is usually unnecessary to stake a tree. Reasons to stake a [...]

Removing the Stake from a Tree? (picture)2018-07-19T17:14:05-07:00

MPB Slows and Six Links on Pests in Your Tree

Mountain Pine Beetles are the greatest threat to our Ponderosa and Lodgepole pine forest in the Colorado region. The good news is that in Colorado the pests' destruction seems to be on the decline. Did we find the solution to ridding ourselves of the pest? Not really. Like a barbarian horde, after the pillaging and [...]

MPB Slows and Six Links on Pests in Your Tree2019-07-12T09:11:33-07:00

Use Revive and Get That Greener Lawn

Do you want your lawn to be greener, healthier and more lush?  We may have what your looking for.  Revive is a product we are now offering to help green up your lawn.  Revive is an organic based product with added wetting agents. Revive is composed of processed organic plant bi-product and decomposed extract. It [...]

Use Revive and Get That Greener Lawn2019-07-12T08:59:14-07:00

Is Colorado Still in a Drought?

After today’s snow accumulation of 4 inches in south metro Denver and up to a foot in central Denver and the northwest suburbs, you may wonder, is Colorado still in a drought? While it helps this year, mandatory water restrictions are still in effect and are almost certain to remain so in 2013. Droughts are [...]

Is Colorado Still in a Drought?2017-06-06T14:26:29-07:00

Mountain Landscape Conditions in 2013

  Outlook for Mountains Dry Our Colorado mountain landscape is in rough shape due to the 2012 fires that have destroyed acres of trees and wildlife coupled with the continued destruction by the Mountain Pine Beetles (MPB) and IPS Beetles that have continued their march of destruction through our forests. MPB activity was lower in [...]

Mountain Landscape Conditions in 20132019-06-12T12:21:32-07:00

Mandatory Watering Restrictions Start April 1st, 2013

  Update June 26, 2013 - Denver Water moved to a Stage 1 alert from Stage 2 meaning you can water three days per week. Have you checked out Denver Water lately? If you have you'd know a stage 2 drought is in effect. This means we have 2 outside watering days a week, starting in [...]

Mandatory Watering Restrictions Start April 1st, 20132018-07-19T17:14:08-07:00

Lawn Care 2013 – Drought Demands Early Action

The 2013 spring season is upon us - now is the time to get your lawn ready for the coming year. Already Denver Water is setting expectations for 2013: "A dry winter across Colorado has led to low snowpack, and mountain streamflows are expected to be well below normal. This follows a dry 2012, in [...]

Lawn Care 2013 – Drought Demands Early Action2017-12-28T15:39:24-07:00

New Dangers and Tree Pests for Colorado in 2013

 Whats in store for 2013? Assuming the heat and drought continue through the spring months, old tree pests and diseases will spread quickly and new ones may be introduced to the Colorado landscape. Here is the latest from the United States Drought Monitor Colorado is considered to be in a state of "extreme drought" or [...]

New Dangers and Tree Pests for Colorado in 20132019-07-12T09:01:39-07:00

Winter Mite Control

When your lawn looks silvery and wilted in the summer, it might need a treatment that can only be done in winter. A miticide sprayed on the lawn in early winter helps reduce mite populations - and the damage they cause. We perform two applications, the first being in December, and the second in February or March, [...]

Winter Mite Control2017-06-06T14:26:29-07:00

Winter Watering Trees | Prevent Drought Stress

  Most homeowners realize the need for watering trees in the growing season. However, it's just as important during the winter months, defined as October through March in the arboricultural community. Drought effects on trees can take up to 5 years to show.  As much of our state suffered from Abnormally Dry conditions during 2015, we can [...]

Winter Watering Trees | Prevent Drought Stress2018-07-23T10:29:53-07:00

ArborScape Becomes a Certified Tree Safety Specialist

  ArborScape becomes a certified tree safety specialist. We'd like to congratulate employees Robert Ford and David Merriman for their successful completion of the Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) exam. This designates them as leaders in tree safety, according to the TCIA, who administer the test. There are only 27 CTSP's in Colorado and according [...]

ArborScape Becomes a Certified Tree Safety Specialist2017-06-06T14:26:32-07:00

Should I Cut Down My Hollow Tree?

 Do you have a hollow tree? If so, here are some tips to consider whether it should be cut down. In late October, we removed a silver maple that had blown over during a storm with high winds. "The wind blew it over and it turned out to be hollow," said one of our crew members, of [...]

Should I Cut Down My Hollow Tree?2017-06-06T14:26:32-07:00

Drought Causes Christmas Tree Scare

  The extreme drought of 2012 has created record temperatures all across the Midwest with Missouri, Illinois, Indian, Kentucky and Colorado as the states most affected by drought.  The drought has negatively affected many farmers, small business and consumers. Another industry that has been affected are the local Christmas tree farms across the Midwest. Christmas [...]

Drought Causes Christmas Tree Scare2019-08-02T09:05:13-07:00

Lawn Fertilization Denver

  In season Denver lawn fertilization promotes a lush turf with fewer weeds and less work. Early spring and late fall fertilization has a different goal, building roots, a foundation of a thrilling lawn experience. Tree service Denver lawn fertilization will put nutrients deep into the root zone. By doing this the grass will develop [...]

Lawn Fertilization Denver2018-03-14T10:22:22-07:00

HOA and Tree Removal

 A couple months back we did an article about a controversy between the HOA and the tenants in a Denver Apartment complex over the issue of removing trees from the property called “Tree Removal Controversy - Denver Residents Upset at HOA”. After much debate it was agreed, by the majority of the stakeholders, that the [...]

HOA and Tree Removal2019-06-12T12:21:08-07:00

2012 Tree Climbing Competition

  It's time for the ISA-RMC 2012 Tree Climbing Competition.  Competition starts on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2012 in Fort Collins, Colorado. This is an exciting time for tree climbers who work diligently on their tree climbing abilities all year and are finally able to compete and show off their skills to [...]

2012 Tree Climbing Competition2015-10-01T14:34:43-07:00

How to Stop Pet Urine Spots

 So you're an animal lover and yard enthusiast.  You take pride in the health and vigor of your lawn but you also enjoy pets, who also enjoy the yard as much as you do. Unfortunately your furry friends can wreak havoc on your lawn digging up holes, rolling in the grass and worst of all [...]

How to Stop Pet Urine Spots2019-06-12T12:21:04-07:00

Infographic on Interesting Tree Facts

  What better way to present great tree facts than in an infographic?  That's why we developed this Infographic on Interesting Tree Facts.  Read through it to learn some TREEmendous TREE Facts. Plant a tree today and watch the benefits grow! Share This Infographic on Your Blog or Website! Interesting tree facts Hospital patients have [...]

Infographic on Interesting Tree Facts2017-06-09T15:22:19-07:00

How to Keep Rabbits from Eating the Lawn

Rabbits reproduce at an extremely fast pace. Learning how to keep rabbits from eating the lawn or garden can seem impossible. "This year I have seen more rabbit damage in lawns than ever before," Jeff Disler, plant health care consultant. "Especially in south metro areas like Littleton, Parker, Castle Rock, just everywhere. " Disler, [...]

How to Keep Rabbits from Eating the Lawn2018-07-19T17:14:29-07:00

Video – Severe Drought Means Tree Trouble (9News)

Here is what you need to do over the next two weeks. According to 9News, 1. Get a deep root watering system. spruce and pine especially need water now. 2. Use a low or no nitrogen fertilizer 3. Aerate your lawn. The damage will show up a year or two later if they don't do [...]

Video – Severe Drought Means Tree Trouble (9News)2019-07-30T15:09:34-07:00

Lawn Weed Control Tips for the New Homeowner

 Congratulations on buying your new house! Now that you have made an exciting new investment it is time to consider how you can optimize your new home. The lawn is a great place to start adding value while making your new investment look great. The question you may be pondering is where to start, especially [...]

Lawn Weed Control Tips for the New Homeowner2015-10-01T14:34:44-07:00

How to Keep Deer from Eating Your Plants

For houses located in the foothills or mountains, seeing deer can be a normal part of home life.  As beautiful as deer are, the damage they create to your lawn and trees can be costly. Learning how to keep deer from eating your plants can be a trial and error process with no easy solutions. [...]

How to Keep Deer from Eating Your Plants2019-07-12T09:40:18-07:00

Juniper Removal

  Juniper removal is a common service that we provide in the Denver Metro area.  Juniper are planted by home owners for privacy and aesthetic appeal.  Along with their positive qualities they also have negative qualities such as being very flammable. Juniper shrubs are tenacious plants that grow quickly and can take over a lawn [...]

Juniper Removal2017-06-06T14:26:33-07:00

Vegetable Oil Based Chainsaw Lubricant by STIHL

 ArborScape has made the commitment to make green minded, sustainable business decisions whenever we can.  In this case ArborScape is testing STIHL's BioPlus vegetable oil-based chainsaw lubricant. STIHL's vegetable oil-based chainsaw lubricant is considered to be the most environmentally conscious ways to keep the chain and bar lubricated.  ArborScape uses dozens of chainsaws everyday and [...]

Vegetable Oil Based Chainsaw Lubricant by STIHL2019-08-20T12:24:47-07:00

Mountain Pine Beetle Evidence from Motorcycle Trip

  Recently I was able to take a motorcycle trip up through the mountains and do a few hikes that allowed me to refresh my spirits. The trip started at highway 285 and headed to Fairplay where I then headed north to the city of Dillon,CO where I then took highway I-70 back to town.  [...]

Mountain Pine Beetle Evidence from Motorcycle Trip2016-07-07T14:18:21-07:00

Tree Care Mistakes? What Have You Done to Your Trees that You’ve Regretted?

  Have you over-fertilized or overwatered a tree? Had a loved tree removed and then found it could have been bolted and cabled to preserve it? Or had a crown pruning, also called "topping a tree" only to have the next seasons reveal an ugly, sucker laden monstrosity? We all have made these tree care [...]

Tree Care Mistakes? What Have You Done to Your Trees that You’ve Regretted?2019-06-12T12:57:27-07:00

Beetle Kill Removal Near Roads

 Denver, Colo. The Denver Post today reported clearing of beetle killed tree along 72 miles of road in Northern Colorado. "Crews have started clearing beetle-killed trees along 72 miles of Colorado roads because the weakened trees could fall without warning." Crews Clear Trees" by Monte Whaley Work begin in July and will continue through October. [...]

Beetle Kill Removal Near Roads2016-07-07T14:16:35-07:00

Oak Tree Care Question

  We received a question on oak tree care from New Jersey so we took that as a prompt to discuss oak trees, a species that isn't as common in Colorado. The caller who asked the question had an extremely large oak that was beginning to die back. Because oaks require a great deal of [...]

Oak Tree Care Question2018-07-19T17:14:02-07:00