Spring Tree Care

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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

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

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

Your June Colorado Insect Checklist

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

Your June Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:22-06:00

Littleton Crabapple Trail

Littleton Crabapple Trail 2016 If you live in Littleton or close by, you know one of the highlights of Spring in your neighborhood is the annual explosion of luminous rose crabapple blossom that heralds approaching gardening season. Of course, this spectacular attraction didn’t grow up all by itself - many, if not most, of today’s [...]

Littleton Crabapple Trail2018-03-28T14:39:55-06:00

Your May Colorado Insect Checklist

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

Your May Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

Your April Colorado Insect Checklist

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

Your April Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

Your March Colorado Insect Checklist

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

Your March Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

What is Fire Blight?

Fire blight is a bacterial disease that affects certain species in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is especially destructive to apples, pears, and crabapples. The disease also can occur on serviceberries, flowering quinces, cotoneasters, hawthorns, quinces, pyracanthas, blackberries, raspberries, and mountain ashes. Leaves darken and wilt but remain attached to the tree (see above), giving [...]

What is Fire Blight?2018-08-29T18:29:10-06:00

Snowstorm Tree Damage Cleanup Tips, Spring 2017

Trees damaged from Spring snowstorms? March and April are still our snowiest months here in Colorado, and we can expect quite a bit more of our usual heavy snow Spring storms with the incidental challenge of snowstorm tree damage cleanup! If you’re working on clearing away, here are some updated guidelines and regulations from Denver Department [...]

Snowstorm Tree Damage Cleanup Tips, Spring 20172017-06-06T14:26:27-06:00

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 Remedies2017-06-06T14:26:27-06:00

Free Mulch in Aurora

May 8, 2014 - Mulching is an important part of a successful landscape, especially in Colorado’s arid climate. A 3 to 4 inch layer of wood chips, bark, or other organic material over the soil is recommended because it: HELPS retain soil moisture reduce weeds and controls grass INCREASES soil fertility when mulch decomposes IMPROVES [...]

Free Mulch in Aurora2017-06-06T14:26:28-06:00

When should I prune Denver lilacs?

The best time to prune Denver lilacs is just after the spring flowers have faded. This is because lilacs set the next year's flower buds immediately after the flowers have died. Late lilac trimming (or early, depending on how you look at it) will kill off these buds, thus the plant won't produce flowers the next season. Lilacs are [...]

When should I prune Denver lilacs?2018-06-29T14:51:37-06:00

Identifying Ash Borer

Identifying "clear winged" ash borer. Although we're now faced with the tenacious emerald ash borer, we've had our own Denver ash borer known as lilac /ash borer preying on our Colorado ash trees for some time. While the following tips help you identify ash borer success in your ash tree, it's more helpful to watch [...]

Identifying Ash Borer2017-06-06T14:26:34-06:00

How to Prepare the Yard for a Graduation Party or Wedding

  Spring is under way and now is the time to think about your backyard occasion! Whether it be a graduation party or a wedding this is a great excuse to make your yard look amazing! Having these celebrations at a venue can be an expensive endeavor. That's why many people are having them in [...]

How to Prepare the Yard for a Graduation Party or Wedding2017-06-06T14:26:34-06:00

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

Elm Tree Scale Spraying (Video 1:45)

   Drew Maestas on the narration. We take our jobs seriously but not ourselves as you can tell by the narration. Jeff Disler's on the spray gun.  It takes a pump pushing 800 pounds per square inch (psi) to get full coverage in a 70 foot tree. [hs_form id="18"] This is a dormant oil treatment [...]

Elm Tree Scale Spraying (Video 1:45)2017-06-06T14:26:34-06:00

What are Dormant Oils?

  Dormant oils are used in integrated pest management (IPM) to control insect populations on trees and plants. Benefits include less environmental impact and better preservation of beneficial insects to the woody plant. Dormant oils increased in popularity over the past 50 years as homeowners and property managers looked for more natural and eco-friendly ways [...]

What are Dormant Oils?2017-06-06T14:26:35-06:00

Springtime Tree Pests

  Spring is the key time to protect your trees from wood-boring insects. Effective preventive treatments are available for your landscape trees! Ash Borer (clearwing) – Ash trees are the main targets for this insect. Attacks usually are found in the area where the branches attach to the main trunk. Although it may take two [...]

Springtime Tree Pests2018-04-05T08:55:37-06:00

Spring / Summer Tree Care and Landscape Checklist

March Rake leaves Prune rose bushes Trim maple to prevent bleeding Thin old, overgrown deciduous shrubs. Deep water trees and shrubs as needed. Apply Merit for year long control of aphids. Plant new trees as needed. Begin weeding those beds not cleaned in fall. Schedule deep root fertilization for trees and bushes. Schedule plug aeration [...]

Spring / Summer Tree Care and Landscape Checklist2017-06-08T13:50:09-06:00

Ring Spots on Lawn

If you see dead spots on your lawn, it may be a fungus called necrotic ring spot (NRS).  Necrotic Ring Spot is a fungal disease that does the majority of its damage on the roots of your turf and grass. Due to the disease's hardy nature, managing the disease can be rather difficult.  It requires [...]

Ring Spots on Lawn2017-06-06T14:26:37-06:00

Leaf Spots on Aspen Leaves

  Leaf spot fungus on an aspen tree has no known chemical control. It can be minimized through good cultural practices. Raking and disposing of leaves in the fall will help as they are the main mode of transport from tree to tree. Also known as marssonina or ink spot,  this fungii will make all [...]

Leaf Spots on Aspen Leaves2017-06-06T14:26:37-06:00

Ladybugs Feast on the Most Common Garden Pests: Aphids

via Wikipedia The Aphid: A Brutish and Uncivilized Thug Nasty little creatures called aphids can destroy a lovely garden. These brutish insects hang out in colonies and swarm poor unsuspecting garden plants. They are tiny, about the size of a sharpened pencil tip and their little pear-shaped bodies feed on fragile young leaves, [...]

Ladybugs Feast on the Most Common Garden Pests: Aphids2017-06-06T14:26:43-06:00

Rain and Overwatering Trees

  We’ve gotten, rain, snow, sleet and hail in May 2010. You may not have to water your trees as much as past years. There is no hard and fast rule about how much water a tree needs - but it's entirely possible to tell when you're overwatering trees! Shallow roots mean too much water. [...]

Rain and Overwatering Trees2016-07-26T16:38:34-06:00

April Tree Care for Denver

  April Prepare to activate the sprinkler system. Aerate and fertilize the lawn, use pre-emergent for weed control. Deep root trees and shrubs. Trim trees. Spray for IPS. Check for Aphids. Remove Tree wrap from tree after April 20. Plant summer flowering bulbs. Plant flower. Plant a new tree. Apply Cambistat growth regulator. Cooly Spruce [...]

April Tree Care for Denver2016-03-22T14:40:18-06:00

May Tree Care Tips

May Mulch around flower and shrub beds to conserve moisture and keep down weeds. Water plants, trees, shrubs and lawn infrequently, but thoroughly. After May 20th, put out annuals and perennials. Spray for Mountain Pine Beetle. Check for Aphids. Fertilize annuals and perennials with fertilizer. Trim trees as needed. Fertilize the lawn. Plant new trees. [...]

May Tree Care Tips2017-06-06T14:26:44-06:00