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Tips for Building a Fantastic Treehouse According to Your Denver Tree Company

April 9, 2020

Few things add fun and whimsy to your backyard like a treehouse. They’re the perfect place for the kids to go when they want time to themselves and give parents a much-needed break from loud squabbles and games. Once you decide to build one, you’ll need to choose the right tree for your treehouse. The process isn’t as simple as you might think and your local Denver tree service wants to help. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you start your search.

Think About Height
Building tall treehouses may seem like fun, but it’s not always the best idea especially for younger kids. Take a look around your yard and consider how tall the trees are in your yard. If your kids are older and your trees are more well-established, taller treehouses are a great choice. However, if you have young kids, look for trees that will let you create a building platform that’s closer to the ground. This will keep them safer as they climb into the treehouse and while they play inside. As a general rule, look for trees with building areas that are about 10 feet tall or lower. This way, they won’t get severely hurt if they do fall out of the treehouse or have a misstep off the ladder. 

Take a Look at the Branches
Stand-alone playhouses have built-in supports and rely on a sturdy foundation to support the walls and the weight of the roof. When you build a treehouse, the tree serves as the foundation for the building. This means the tree needs to be strong enough to support the weight of the structure and everything that gets put inside the treehouse. Look for branches that are thick and don’t tend to move around much in the wind. You’ll still need to secure additional supports to the trunk of the tree to keep the branches from breaking, but the thicker the lower branches are, the easier it will be to build your treehouse.

Look for Trees That Aren’t Damaged
Broken branches or diseased limbs are a sure-fire sign of a damaged tree. The more damaged it is, the more likely you are to have issues with the treehouse. Damaged trees can’t support the weight of a structure in their branches. If you try to build in a damaged tree, you’ll risk the safety of everyone using the treehouse. Collapses can happen without warning and the last thing you want is for a weak spot to develop while your kids are playing in the structure.

Before you choose a tree, take the time to schedule an inspection with your tree company. Let them make sure that the tree is up to the task. If they think it’s not the right option for your project, follow their advice. Remember, it’s possible to build a treehouse-inspired playhouse on the ground and your kids will be able to enjoy it just as much.

Think About Choosing a Tree That’s Not Your Favorite
We all pick favorites and it’s normal to have a tree that you like more than the others on your property. Think about what makes you like that tree more than the others. It’s likely something to do with its appearance. You love looking at it. You enjoy sitting beneath the leaves in the shade on a warm summer afternoon. Whatever your reasons, it’s your tree. That makes it tempting to choose it as the place to build your treehouse.

While this is fine for some people, it’s not for the vast majority of treehouse owners. Choosing a favorite tree as the support for the treehouse means changing the way it looks and could impact the way you get to enjoy its canopy. If it’s the only tree on your property that’s suitable for a treehouse, proceed with caution. The last thing you want to do is consider your favorite tree an eyesore. 

If possible, look for a different tree. This way, you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite tree without having to deal with the treehouse every time you head out to the yard. 

Always Double-Check with Your HOA
Unfortunately, not everyone likes treehouses. Some homeowners associations ban them completely. If you build a treehouse and it goes against the rules set by your HOA, you may have to dismantle the structure entirely. 

Before you start building, check with your HOA and make sure it’s okay. If it is, they may still have some restrictions on the type or size of treehouse that you can build. It’s normal and more importantly, it’s completely allowed. When you moved into the neighborhood, you agreed to follow the restrictions and rules set forth by the HOA. Follow them as closely as possible and you should be able to avoid any unexpected and costly fines. 

Consult with Your Insurance Company
Your homeowners insurance policy may need to be upgraded when you start building a treehouse. Some providers consider it an additional structure while others may refuse to insure it at all and could void your policy entirely. 

Before you start construction, check with them and make sure the structure won’t violate your homeowners insurance policy. Depending on the features you’re adding to your treehouse, you may need to increase your insurance limits for your policy. Think about what it would cost to replace the treehouse if anything happened to the structure and discuss your options with your insurance agent.

Get Your Trees Assessed Now
If you’re thinking about building a treehouse on your property, don’t start building until you schedule an appointment to assess the health and condition of your trees. Building in a damaged or diseased tree will only derail your project’s progress and keep you from being able to enjoy the new addition to your property. 

At Bear Creek Tree Service, our team is ready to help you pick the right tree for your treehouse. Schedule an appointment with us and let our experts inspect the trees on your property for damage. If we find anything, we’ll help you address the problem quickly. 

Insect and Disease Control

April 3, 2020

Taking care of the trees and shrubs around your yard is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value while making your yard stand out from others on the block. Though Colorado’s climate makes it easy to help trees, bushes, and shrubberies thrive, there are always risk factors you’ll have to contend with. Regular appointments with your local tree service in Denver are a great place to start, but at Bear Creek Tree Service, we want to help you keep your trees healthy year-round.

What We Do
Our experienced team understands the unique risk factors trees and bushes in Colorado have to deal with. Unfortunately, plant diseases and insect infestations can destroy your plants and leave your yard looking unkempt in a matter of weeks. Our preventative services will help protect your trees and shrubs from the most common hazards. 

Springtime Preventative Measures
Springtime maintenance is essential to give your plants the added nutrients they need to start the growing season strong. As the weather warms up, fungi, insects, and other hazards start to become a major issue. The new growth is particularly vulnerable, but with the right treatments in place, your plants will be able to thrive.

At the beginning of spring, our technicians will spray your trees and shrubs with a protective layer of dormant oil. This helps drive mites and other insects away and protects the new growth when it’s most vulnerable. 

We’ll also inject nutrients right into the soil to help both new and established trees get the nutrients they need quickly. Depending on the conditions of your soil, we’ll use a mycorrhiza solution which deposits beneficial fungi into the soil to enrich the soil’s nutrients and make them more bioavailable to your plants. Our team will inspect each tree and shrub and apply a time-released fertilizer to areas where plants are under stress.

Summer Targeted Treatments
Summer’s warm conditions is the perfect environment for common tree-damaging pests and insects. Our tree care team will assess the needs of each tree on your property and will spray preventative treatments to protect your plants accordingly. 

We follow a three-spray treatment routine for the most common threats like aphids, sawflies, mites, and leaf miners. The first treatment is applied in the beginning of the summer and keeps most of the insects at bay. In July and August, our team will add another preventative treatment to target new insects that survived the first treatment. Our final treatment prepares your trees for fall and helps keep insects from burrowing inside the trunk as the temperatures drop.

For homes in areas with increased risk of ash borers, pine bark beetles, or spruce ips beetles, we’ll take the appropriate measures to protect your trees from those risks. If the insects start causing problems on your property, our tree care team will help mitigate the damage quickly.

As autumn’s cooler temperatures start to take hold, your trees will require different care. During these cooler months, we’ll apply a slow-release fertilizer to help the roots get the nutrients they need to survive winter’s harsh conditions. When the root system is kept in good condition, your trees and shrubs will be able to rebound in the spring and produce the beautiful blooms and leaves you love.

During those treatments, our team can also assess the condition of your trees and take care of any pruning that needs to happen before winter is in full swing. Pruning does more than just reduce the amount of dead growth or fragile limbs on trees of all sizes. It also helps reduce the risk of insect infestations in the trunk. When the growth is healthy, insects will find it harder to burrow inside and damage the tree, further reducing the risk of disease. 

Though winter maintenance is minimal, your trees still need insect control to survive the winter months. Our team will use the appropriate insecticide and oil to keep your trees healthy even when they’re dormant. We’ll also take care to keep the roots of your trees and shrubs properly hydrated.

During the winter months, it’s normal for the soil to dry out. For younger and less established plants, those dry spells put the roots at risk. With regular deep root watering sessions, we’ll be able to keep your trees and shrubs from struggling. This can be done as needed, depending on how dry the weather is. In periods of heavy snowfall, your plants should have access to more than enough moisture. Don’t worry—we’ll help you come up with the right plan for your plants.

Addressing Risks, Year-Round 
Keeping your trees and shrubs in good condition so they can provide you with the beautiful growth your home’s exterior depends on requires ongoing maintenance and care. That means you’ll need to schedule appointments throughout the year to address changing risk factors before they have a chance to damage your plants. 

The best way to keep your trees healthy is to prevent disease and insect infestations every month of the year. Unfortunately, commercially available pesticides and herbicides often hurt your trees and can end up encouraging infestations rather than preventing them. Our treatments work to prevent the problems in the first place and won’t threaten your trees’ health when they’re applied.

At Bear Creek, we know that every yard and landscape is different, but the hazards across the Front Range remain the same. Our team will help you come up with a custom approach to keep your plants healthy and growing strong throughout the year. No matter what type of trees you have on your property, we’re here to help you care for them. 

Don’t Put Off an Appointment
Bear Creek Tree Service is proud to have serve the greater Denver Metro area with all of their tree care needs since 2004. We believe that your trees are the most important part of your home’s landscaping and we’ll do everything we can to make sure they stay healthy year-round. Schedule an appointment with our tree care professionals today and let us help you keep your trees looking great for years to come.

8 Surefire Signs That Your Property Is in Need of a Tree Trimming Service

December 26, 2019

As a homeowner, you know that your trees can make or break your landscaping. When they look their best, your entire yard looks better and more put-together. But trees are living things and sometimes, they grow in ways you can’t predict or control. This can lead your landscaping to look overgrown or hurt your home’s curb appeal. So, how can you tell if it’s time to call a local Denver tree company? Watch for these tell-tale signs.

You Notice Low-Hanging Branches
Low hanging branches may not seem like much of a problem, but they can do serious damage if they’re allowed to stay in place. Consider this: when branches hang close to your house, car, or other landscaping, what would happen if they fell? The items beneath the branches would get damaged. If you trim those low-hanging branches back, the rest of your property will be protected. Your trusted tree service will be able to trim just enough of the limbs back to keep your property safe without hurting the rest of the tree. 

The Tree Looks “Off”
Remember that uncontrollable and unpredictable growth we mentioned? It can spell major health issues for the tree if you’re not careful. But it can also hurt the way your landscaping looks. Take a look at your trees and think about how it impacts your home’s appearance. If the trees look off or you notice one part of the canopy taking off in a completely different direction, call your tree service. Letting it grow unchecked may strain the rest of the tree and cause irreparable damage to the trunk or surrounding limbs. When this happens, you’ll be forced to get the tree removed completely.

There Are Dead Branches in the Canopy
Sometimes, random branches will die off. This is the tree’s way of preserving its overall health and wellbeing. It doesn’t always mean that there’s damage to the rest of the tree. But it should always encourage you to call your local tree company and get the tree inspected. They’ll at very least want to remove the dead branches—otherwise you risk breakage that could introduce fungus and insects into the trunk. When you call an experienced pro in, they’ll be able to determine the cause of the dead growth and can help you protect the rest of the tree against further damage.

You’re Not Getting Sunlight Where You’d Like It
Trees grow. Sometimes that growth happens quickly and it can hurt the rest of your landscaping. If you’ve noticed that the trees are blocking light to your garden beds or are shading other plants around the yard, call a tree service as soon as possible. They may be able to trim the limbs back without hurting the tree. And if they can’t, they’ll be able to recommend alternative methods to increase the health of your other plants. Keep in mind that larger trees may take priority over other landscaping elements. Moving them is difficult and cutting them down can hurt your home’s resale value.

There Are Cracks in the Trunk
Cracks in the trunk aren’t just damaging to the look of your trees—they’re damaging to the tree’s health, too. Even minor surface cracks create openings for insects, mold, and rot to get into the trunk. If they’re left to their own devices, the cracks will spread, ultimately shortening the lifespan of your trees. If you notice any cracks that penetrate beneath the bark, contact a tree company as soon as possible. There may be steps you can take to mitigate the damage and keep things from getting worse in the long-run. 

A Storm Damaged the Tree
Storm damage can happen during any season in the Denver area. High winds cause heavy limbs to break. Heavy snows put strain on the entire tree. After a severe storm, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your tree company and let them inspect each tree for damage. The sooner minor damage is taken care of, the better off your trees will be. But if the damage is severe and the tree can’t be saved, you’ll also want to get it removed as soon as possible. Dead trees are a safety hazard and need to be professionally removed quickly. 

Nearby Trees Are Growing Together
Believe it or not, most trees are incredibly polite to one other. Their limbs typically stop and shift their growing patterns to avoid getting entwined in another’s limbs. But sometimes, the limbs will grow together. When this happens, you’re left with a well-shaded yard and trees that are subject to different challenges. The best thing you can do is call your tree service and let them create a plan to separate the branches safely. Trying to handle the job on your own puts you at risk for injury and could result in serious damage to the trees.

The Leaves Have White Patches 
Fungi grow in all conditions, even during winter months. This means your trees are always at risk for mold growth. Luckily, mold is relatively easy to spot as long as you know what to look for. Check the leaves for discoloration or white chalky patches. If you notice any, call your tree company. Trimming the affected area may help you save the rest of tree and when combined with a tree-safe fungicide, you may be able to keep the mold from spreading to the other trees on your property. The sooner you get them inspected, the better.

Don’t Put It Off
Your trees do so much for your property. Give them the care and attention they deserve year-round. Take the time to go out and inspect each tree for issues and damage. If you see anything that looks unusual or are worried about a limb that’s getting a bit too close to your roof, contact our team immediately. The sooner you get your trees inspected and trimmed, the healthier they’ll stay. And healthy trees can make all the difference in the way your house looks and how much your property is worth in the long-run. 

7 Reasons to Leave Stump Removal to the Pros

December 18, 2019

Whether you cut down a tree or moved to a property where one was removed years ago, those old stumps can be more than an eyesore. They’re a safety hazard and put you at risk for costly liability suits should anyone get injured on your property. While your homeowners insurance will help protect you from liability, it’s best if you can avoid the suits in the first place. Getting rid of those old stumps is the best place to start. But should you do it yourself? Definitely not! Here’s why you should always leave it to your local Denver tree service

They Know What They’re Doing
Removing a stump isn’t as simple as it seems. When trees grow, there’s an entire network of roots beneath the soil. And those roots extend well beyond the stump itself. To keep new trees from popping up where you least expect them, it’s important to remove as much of that root system as possible. If you try to dig up the stump yourself, you’ll end up getting just a small portion of the tree.

Professional tree care experts know how to remove stumps completely. When they’re done, your yard will be free of unwanted roots and potentially damaging new growth. 

Pros Have the Right Equipment
You need more than an ax and a shovel to get rid of even small stumps. And once you remove them from the soil, you have to find a way to dispose of them. Otherwise, they’ll litter your yard and make it unsafe for visitors, friends, and family. Worse, it will take far longer to get the job done. And while you can rent much of the equipment at a hardware store, it can cost you hundreds of dollars.

When you hire professionals, they have the right equipment on-hand to get the job done right as quickly as possible. Though you’ll have to pay for the service, you’ll end up saving more money in the process. There are no rental fees and you won’t have to worry about paying for delivery of those rental tools just to get started!

Experience Improves Safety
Landscaping equipment isn’t the easiest to operate. Worse, it’s incredibly easy to get injured if you’re not used to handling it or moving heavy stumps and debris on a regular basis. And the last thing any homeowner wants to do is throw out their back trying to move something the wrong way.

Professionals work with the tools they use every day. They know how to use them safely and efficiently. Even better, they move the heavy loads for you so there’s no risk of you getting hurt in the process. You’ll still be able to enjoy your weekend plans without having to worry about icing that sore back.

Prevents Damage to the Rest of the Yard
Removing a dead stump can be tough when there are other trees and landscaping close by. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to damage those plants while trying to remove the stump and its root system. This can cause your entire landscaping to look less pristine and diminishes the impact your careful planting has on your curb appeal. 

Professional tree and stump removal teams can get rid of those stubborn stumps without destroying the surrounding landscaping. They take every precaution to keep your yard looking great and know how to decrease the impact their activity has on your lawn. This means your yard will recover faster from the stump removal than it would if you do the job yourself. If you plan on entertaining guests or are selling your home, this can make all the difference. 

They Guarantee Proper Cleanup
All stump removal tasks, whether professional or DIY, create waste. There’s the stump itself, sawdust, dirt, and roots that all need to get picked up before you can start landscaping your yard as normal. When you hire a professional team to do the job, you’ll know that your yard will be clean and free of debris once they’re done.

They’ll break the stump down, dispose of any stones and roots, and fill in the hole left by the stump to protect you from liability. By the time they’re done, your yard will be ready for maintenance as normal and you won’t have to worry about changing your habits.

Pros Can Help You Care for Your Other Trees
During the stump removal appointment, it’s the perfect time to pay attention to your other trees. After all, the sooner you find damage, the easier it is to fix the problem. But if you’re doing things on your own, those first symptoms of mold or insect damage can be hard to spot. 

Pros can assess the condition of your other trees. And if anything looks out of the ordinary or they notice limbs that need pruning and trimming, they’ll be able to make those recommendations to you. While they may not be able to take care of the other trees during the stump removal appointment, they can help you develop a tree care plan to give them the best chance possible. 

Pros Are Fast
Stump removal is time-consuming. And to do things right, it can take several hours, but it will take far longer if you try to do it on your own. This can take valuable time away from your other maintenance tasks and could disrupt your entire weekend. 

When you leave it to the pros, you’ll know that the removal will get done quickly and efficiently. Experienced crews do this every day. They know what works and what doesn’t and will do everything they can to get the job done as quickly as possible. 

Don’t Leave That Stump Sitting
The sooner you can get old stumps removed from your yard, the better off you’ll be. Remember, stumps can get in the way of mowing, weeding, and pose a safety hazard to family and friends alike. Don’t put off stump removal any longer than you already have. Contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our experienced pros will get rid of it safely and permanently.

6 Easy Steps to Restore Your Yard After a Stump Removal

December 11, 2019

Getting a stump removed in your Denver yard is a great way to improve your home’s appearance. It makes your landscaping look more put-together and can increase your home’s resale value if it’s done right. But getting rid of that stump isn’t the last step you need to take to get your yard looking its best. You still need to show your landscaping a little love to get rid of the scar in the soil. Here are a few things you should take care of after letting your local tree service get rid of that old stump. 

Clean Up the Aftermath
Though your tree service will be able to haul the stump and any large bits of wood or tree away from your property, you’ll still need to get rid of the debris in your yard. In most cases, you’ll have wood shavings, twigs, and dirt clods littering the spot where the stump was. You may also notice rocks and chunks of clay that were brought to the surface by the roots. 

Gather this debris and decide what you want to do with it. If you have a fireplace, small twigs and bits of bark can get burned when you light a fire. If the stump left behind a divot or a hole in the grass, avoid filling the hole with the debris. This can slow your lawn’s growth and makes it tough for new sod to take root. In most cases, all you need to do is bag the debris and leave it out with your garbage. Just check with your trash company to see when they’re willing to pick up landscaping debris. 

Fill In the Hole
The debris left behind after the stump removal probably won’t be enough to fill in the hole. You’ll need to invest in fill dirt or soil to completely fill in the area. Just make sure you choose the right type of soil for your yard. If you’re planning on planting new grass on top, invest in a quality nutrient-dense topsoil.

Fill the hole with the topsoil. Depending on the size of the stump that was removed, you may need several bags of topsoil to completely fill in the hole. Lightly pack the dirt, but don’t feel like you have to pack the soil firmly. Doing so will make it harder for new plants to spread roots and cover the spot.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative
Adding new grass may be the most common option, but it’s not the only one you can choose after getting a stump removed. Instead of making your lawn larger, consider planting a new tree where the old one stood. 

If you do this, you’ll need to clear away any remaining roots inside the hole. You’ll also want to remove any large boulders or rocks that are inside the area. These can make it harder for new trees to establish their roots and become stable in the soil. 

If you choose to plant a new tree, take care to pick a species that grows easily in your area. If you’re not sure which ones will work best for your yard, reach out to your tree service and ask for advice. They’ll be able to let you know which ones will have the best chance of growing well and which ones you should avoid. Remember, nurseries and garden sections at large box stores often sell plants that look pretty, but won’t grow well in Colorado. If you choose to buy a tree from them, do so cautiously and research your options ahead of time.

Spread Your Grass Seeds
If planting a tree seems like too much work, grass is a great alternative. Since you’re covering such a small area, you can spread the grass seeds by hand. Try to choose a grass type that matches the kind you’ve already got in your yard. If you’re not sure, ask your landscaping professional for help. They’ll be able to recommend a good seed for your yard. 

Spread the seed over the topsoil, taking care to cover the entire patch. Then, rake the seeds into the soil gently. A hand rake should be all you need. Take care not to use too much force as you don’t need the seeds to settle too deep in the hole. Once you’re happy with the way it looks, add another layer of topsoil to cover the seeds. This will keep them from blowing away in the wind or washing away in the rain.

Water the Soil
Topsoil will likely be moist right out of the bag, but that’s not enough to give the seeds a chance to sprout. You need to water the soil thoroughly. This helps it settle into the hole completely and lets it fill in the spaces around the hole completely. Give the hole a good soaking with a garden hose or watering can. Just take care not to overwater it. The soil should never start floating up. 

Once you saturate the topsoil, let it sit for at least a few days. Check the dampness every few days and add moisture as needed. Remember, if it’s rained recently, you won’t need to water your yard.

Care for Your New Grass
Once the grass takes root, you’ll be able to take care of it the same way you do the rest of your lawn. Mow the grass if it gets too tall and be mindful of how it’s growing throughout the year. If the spot looks patchy, you may need to spread more seed. 

Stump Removal Is Just the Beginning
Getting a stump removed from your property doesn’t have to transform your landscaping in a bad way. Use it as an opportunity to make your yard beautiful the way you want to. If you’re not sure where to start or want advice on what to do for your surrounding trees, contact our experts today. We’ll help you find the right solution for your yard so you can enjoy the way it looks year-round.