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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

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

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

Caring for Your Trees During Drought

Protecting and Caring for Your Trees During Drought Colorado is a semi-arid, shortgrass prairie with fluctuating weather patterns and inconsistent climate that makes growing trees challenging.  Drought only compounds the challenges. During times of drought there are several effective watering methods recommended to ensure trees receive the required moisture. When to Water During Drought All [...]

Caring for Your Trees During Drought2018-07-19T17:14:10-06:00

Colorado July Insect Checklist

CHECKLIST OF COMMON INSECT RELATED EVENTS - Metro Denver/Boulder Area This is a generalized checklist of when some of the more important insect related events tend to occur in the Central, South and East Counties areas. Year to year variations are considerable and this should only be used as a guideline to anticipate and help recognize [...]

Colorado July Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:27-06:00

What is Pine Sawfly? (and could it affect my trees?)

What is Pine Sawfly? Evergreen sawflies, in general, are caterpillar-like, sawfly larvae and usually prove common springtime pests. Several species feed on the needles of evergreen trees in groups and can cause extensive defoliation in some years. The adult sawfly is a stingless wasp that causes no harm. Light populations may not cause serious damage, [...]

What is Pine Sawfly? (and could it affect my trees?)2017-06-06T14:26:27-06:00

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

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?2017-06-06T14:26:28-06:00

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 Approval2017-06-06T14:26:29-06:00

Common Questions About Shrubs and Bushes

 Should I fertilize my shrubs? Most soils are adequate for shrubs but if you feel it necessary use a product that is dense in nitrogen. You could also provide it with mulch that has grass clippings mixed in because grass clippings provide nitrogen. How much should my shrub be watered? It depends on the shrub [...]

Common Questions About Shrubs and Bushes2017-06-06T14:26:33-06:00

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

Back to School Tree Care Part 2

  Continued from Back to School Tree Care, Part 1 Another great way to keep your tree hydrated and prevent scorching is to place mulch around the base.  This will help keep the soil moist while feeding your tree nutrients from the broken down mulch.  When applying,  make sure the mulch isn't right up against [...]

Back to School Tree Care Part 22017-06-06T14:26:33-06:00

Drought Requires a New Look at Tree Watering

When we have an extra short winter, with very little snow pack, Colorado is typically in a mild to moderate state of drought.  Prolonged dry periods put stress on your trees by drying out the soil. These conditions make it extremely difficult to keep your trees thriving. While our outreach mostly talks about the importance of [...]

Drought Requires a New Look at Tree Watering2015-10-27T15:38:51-06:00

How the Drought is Helping the Pine Beetle Epidemic

 The pine beetle took off after the 2002 drought.  The 2012 drought could do the same thing. If you live in a mountain pine beetle hot spot, Arborscape Inc Denver is issuing a watering alert to all pine tree owners on the Front Range. “While statistical evidence is variable, anecdotal evidence shows that there is [...]

How the Drought is Helping the Pine Beetle Epidemic2017-06-06T14:26:34-06:00

Tree Pest Control with ArborJet

  We have been working on some new articles to support our services and one of the things we are excited about is using tree injection as a way of controlling pine beetles and other pests and fungi. Yes we get excited by stuff like that.  Here is why it’s important to you. It virtually [...]

Tree Pest Control with ArborJet2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00

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

Twig Beetle

  Twig beetles bore into pinon pines, conifers, and black walnut trees, and create colonies there. They're a natural pruning agent, but can also be the carrier of destructive fungi. Common Name:   Twig Beetles Holes made by adult twig beetles leaving infested twig. Species: Pityophthorus spp. Pseudopityophthorus spp. And others Common Hosts: Hardwoods Softwoods [...]

Twig Beetle2018-07-19T17:13:53-06:00

Aspen Trees in the West Dying at an Alarming Rate

  We were skimming through the Denver Post and noticed this article about new studies showing widespread tree die-off in the intermountain west. ASPEN’S LAST STAND? | Mountains of trees dying quickly, mysteriously “Aspen forests in Colorado and throughout the West are fading from the landscape, dying faster and in more places than previously expected [...]

Aspen Trees in the West Dying at an Alarming Rate2016-08-04T14:22:49-06:00