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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

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

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

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

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

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

Your August Colorado Insect Checklist

August Colorado Insect checklist of some common insect-related events - Denver, South and East  This is a generalized checklist of when some of the more important insect related events tend to occur in the South and East Counties area. Year to year variations are considerable, and this should only be used as a guideline to anticipate and [...]

Your August Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-08T14:04:16-06:00

Elm Leaf Beetle Treatment

  Elm leaf beetles can be serious pests of elm trees throughout Colorado. These insects feed on elm leaves and cause them to dry up and die. This gives heavily infested trees an unsightly, general brown color. Repeated injuries also weaken trees and make them prone to branch dieback and wind injury. Elm leaf beetles [...]

Elm Leaf Beetle Treatment2016-07-07T16:26:21-06:00

How to Avoid Lawn Care Scams

There's never a bad time to connect with a reliable, professional lawn company, but of course Spring is prime time - and like any other prime time, scams abound in the industry. Here's our list of tips for how to find a great lawn and landscape service without becoming a ripoff victim. Avoid door-to-door "deals" if at all [...]

How to Avoid Lawn Care Scams2017-06-06T14:26:24-06:00

Could my Oak tree have Kermes Scale?

Is your Oak tree looking sick, scraggly, droopy, or all of the above? It could be due to the insect Kermes scale. What's that? Kermes scale is an insect pest of red and white oak trees, as well as pin and Gambrel oaks. Northern Red Oaks often become infested with Kermes scale, in particular, and are [...]

Could my Oak tree have Kermes Scale?2016-07-14T14:48:27-06:00

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?

Why Should I Hire a Certified Arborist? Why hire a certified arborist? A Certified ISA Arborist goes through stringent training and testing earning the privilege to care for trees for a living, and maintain the requisite business licenses and insurance appropriate to professional practitioners. Certified arborists are trained in the science of tree care, maintenance, [...]

Why Hire a Certified Arborist?2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

Your September Colorado Insect Checklist

September Colorado Insect checklist of some common insect-related events – Denver, South and East  This is a generalized checklist of when some of the more important insect related events tend to occur in the South and East Counties area. Year to year variations are considerable, and this should only be used as a guideline to anticipate and help [...]

Your September Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:26-06:00

What do you mean, my tree was “frozen”? the November 2014 freeze and landscape damage

skip to: which trees were affected? :|: what should I do now? Seeing brown, silver or dead needles on your conifers? Have you been told by an arborist that your trees or shrubs have “freeze damage”? Read on for an explanation - and steps to take going forward to assist your landscape in recovering. The [...]

What do you mean, my tree was “frozen”? the November 2014 freeze and landscape damage2017-06-06T14:26:26-06:00

Summer 2015 Tree Trimming Scam Alert

Friends, neighbors, and followers: We all know that this is high time for home improvements, especially tree trimming and other plant health care treatments - and of course, where there’s plentiful activity, there are parasites who take advantage of the bustle.   Here’s a heads-up on the latest tree trimming scam we’ve noticed sweeping the [...]

Summer 2015 Tree Trimming Scam Alert2018-07-19T17:14:27-06:00

10 more backyard celebration landscaping tips

    It’s time once again for backyard landscaping and décor! Whether it be a graduation party, prom party, or a wedding, if you’ve never tried your hand at a DIY outdoor occasion, you’ll be happily surprised at how rewarding it can be - not to mention how much money you’ll save. And it’s a great excuse [...]

10 more backyard celebration landscaping tips2017-07-19T13:30:16-06:00

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 Drought2017-06-06T14:26:28-06:00

Walnut Removal Letters Go Out from City of Denver

 Black walnut removal letters from the city of Denver went out last week. Some of the questions we've been getting from customers include whether a given black walnut actually has thousand canker, which is a disease of black walnuts. If you got a letter, nine out of ten times it's because a city tree inspector [...]

Walnut Removal Letters Go Out from City of Denver2015-10-01T14:33:33-06:00

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?2017-12-28T15:54:42-06:00

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 10/21/20132018-08-24T17:44:18-06:00

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 Lines2017-06-06T14:26:29-06:00

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 Look2017-06-06T14:26:29-06:00

Tedx Talk with Arborist Chris Gerards

A quick roundup of a Tedx talk with Board Certified Arborist, Chris Gerards   Highlights: "Plant the best tree you can afford." "Never raise the branches above its natural growth or in other words never raise the skirt above the crotch." "The arborist creates a suspension of belief at their best, where the tree is trimmed [...]

Tedx Talk with Arborist Chris Gerards2017-06-06T14:26:29-06:00

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)2018-07-19T17:14:05-06:00

2013 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest

 The 2013 Arbor Day Poster Contest was a huge success with contestants from all over Colorado. This year's winner was Max Warnock, a home schooled fifth grader from Fort Collins.  His poster will be on display in the capital from the 18th through April 24th alongside 53 other entrants. Max will be acknowledged in the [...]

2013 Colorado Arbor Day Poster Contest2016-07-06T15:15:00-06:00

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 20132017-06-06T14:26:29-06:00

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, 20132018-07-19T17:14:08-06:00

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 20132017-06-06T14:26:29-06:00

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 Stress2018-07-23T10:29:53-06:00

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?2017-06-06T14:26:32-06:00

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 Removal2017-06-06T14:26:32-06:00

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 Competition2015-10-01T14:34:43-06:00

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 Facts2017-06-09T15:22:19-06:00

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 Question2018-07-19T17:14:02-06:00

Trees to Avoid Planting

  “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb We at Arborscape recommend you plant a tree as soon as possible for the many benefits they provide.  When choosing a tree, make sure to avoid the following so you don't set yourself up [...]

Trees to Avoid Planting2017-06-06T14:26:33-06:00

Back to School Tree Care

The school year is underway - and whether your children are excited to go back, or despise the idea, it's important to make sure the rest of summer is enjoyable for all.  And although children are exponentially more important than your trees, there's no reason why you can't take care of both.  Because most plant [...]

Back to School Tree Care2017-08-31T11:26:34-06:00

Prepare Trees for Any Storm

Weather has become extremely unpredictable these last few years, with summer heat rising consistently above 100 degrees and winter blizzards that have decimated whole neighborhoods. To be ready for any winter storm that may hit this coming year, it's key to get your trees all set ahead of time. So how do we prepare our trees for [...]

Prepare Trees for Any Storm2017-06-06T14:26:33-06:00

How to Choose a Tree Service – Are Reviews Reliable?

How do you choose a tree service to hire? How do you know they're reliable, trustworthy and competent? They show up in your yellow pages, Google, and neighborly reviews - but show no proof of quality. So, you narrow it down to a few companies that match the general criteria that you're looking for. What next? These [...]

How to Choose a Tree Service – Are Reviews Reliable?2017-06-06T14:26:34-06:00

Arborscape Adds 3rd Prius to Fleet

 In our continuing quest for sustainability our Prius experiment is going well.  We have added a 3rd Prius to fleet for its fuel efficiency, saving us money and creating less pollution.  We will be saving a minimum of 30 mpg compared to the vehicle it replaces. "The only question mark we had is the durability [...]

Arborscape Adds 3rd Prius to Fleet2015-10-01T14:42:40-06:00

IPS Beetle and Ash Borer

The major threat to your  ash and spruce trees are the ips beetle and ash borer. These nasty little insects could bore your lovely tree to pieces. Fortunately, this can be prevented by applying a protective spray, in April or May, that stops the beetles from destroying your tree. If you decide not to apply [...]

IPS Beetle and Ash Borer2017-06-06T14:26:34-06:00

Tree pruning and tree training

Many people associate pruning with changing the structure of your tree to fit a different shape or style - but this isn't necessarily the case. Altering the structure of the tree is known as “Tree Training”. This is a much better way to develop an alternate form for your tree. Pruning should be used to prevent [...]

Tree pruning and tree training2017-06-06T14:26:34-06:00

How is a Denver Tree Value Determined?

  One of the most basic ideas in tree value is that of a comp or comparable. Trees in the same neighborhood, say Washington Park, that are the same species and the same age will have the same value.  If that same tree is located in eastern Aurora, it will have a different value and if [...]

How is a Denver Tree Value Determined?2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00

10 Denver Tree Pruning Ordinances and Guidelines You Need To Know

  Unlike most major cities, in Denver, property owners are responsible for the care of “their” street trees even though they’re technically owned by the People of Denver. That means you (as "owner") are responsible for obeying city tree pruning ordinances. Private trees, such as those in your backyard, have fewer restrictions, but you're required [...]

10 Denver Tree Pruning Ordinances and Guidelines You Need To Know2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00

(Video) Too Much Rain Could Damage Your Tree, Said Denver Consulting Arborist

  While it's nice to have such a wet spring, especially for lawns, Denver trees are getting damaged by too much water. Our friend, Bill Cassel, a consulting arborist in Denver, was interviewed about this on 9News last week.    “We have had an extremely dry winter and now with all the moisture we have had, the soil [...]

(Video) Too Much Rain Could Damage Your Tree, Said Denver Consulting Arborist2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00

How to Review a Tree Service

  Tree services are a dime a dozen. They advertise in the Yellow Pages, knock on your door after a bad storm, get referred to you by neighbors. Just because they are a name you’ve heard or your neighbor recommended doesn’t mean they are consistently thorough and good. So once you’ve narrowed it down to [...]

How to Review a Tree Service2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00

Tree Pruning Approaches

  Pruning for Structure (Structure Pruning) There are classes of tree pruning that designate how much will be taken out of the tree. These classes or designations are dictated by what the arborist feels is healthy for the tree. However, it gives customers a cost structure and way to compare estimate pricing, and also a [...]

Tree Pruning Approaches2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00
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