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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.

Simple Ways to Decorate Your Landscaping from Your Trusted Tree Service

December 3, 2019

The holidays are almost here. That means it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home’s interior and exterior for the season. If you’re like most homeowners, decorating your house can feel daunting. And after a long summer and fall caring for your landscaping, tacking up decorations may not seem like the best idea. As long as you’re careful, you’ll be able to create a beautiful display without hurting your trees, shrubs, and landscaping. Here are a few simple tips from your trusted tree company in Denver.

Stick with Lightweight Lawn Decorations
Even when your grass isn’t actively growing, its roots can still get damaged. Heavy items like large potted plants and wooden nativity scenes can compress the soil in your yard. When this happens, it puts strain on your grass’s roots and can compress the dirt around them until they can’t draw the nutrients up from the soil when spring comes around again.

The best way to prevent this kind of damage is to stick with lightweight lawn decorations. Light aluminum stake decorations, solar stake lights, and plywood cutouts are all great options. When installed correctly, they won’t put strain on your grass and will leave you with a flawless looking lawn once the growing season starts up in earnest. 

Use Plastic Ornaments Outside
In Denver, many yards have at least one evergreen tree that makes it easy and tempting to load the branches up with ornaments and tinsel. You can, as long as your homeowners association allows it. But that doesn’t mean you should go all out with whatever ornaments you have on hand. You need to be selective.

Instead of using heavy ceramic or glass ornaments, stick with outdoor-rated plastic ornaments. These will hold up to the sun’s harsh UV rays without fading and are light enough to prevent damage to your trees. As an added bonus, they won’t shatter if the wind knocks them off the branches or into one another.

Double-Check Every Strand of Lights 
Nothing adds holiday cheer to your yard like a vibrant light display. But if you’re not careful, those lights can do serious damage to your trees and your landscaping. When hanging the lights, inspect each strand before you put it up. If any of the protective housing looks damaged or you notice that some of the bulbs are broken in their sockets, it’s best to buy a new strand altogether.

All electrical components, like the wire or the filaments inside the bulbs, generate heat when the light strand is plugged in. When the lights are in good shape and the components are protected, they’re insulated against that heat. But when they’re damaged and the components are exposed, they can create sparks and catch your landscaping on fire or scorch your plants. 

Pick Up All Fallen Leaves
Dried leaves may make your yard look festive, but they’re a major fire hazard. Leaving them in place puts your yard and your home at risk for fire damage. Think of it this way: even if your holiday lights are in good shape, you never know when someone walking or driving past will toss a cigarette out the window. That burning butt can spark the dried leaves in your yard and do serious damage before you even notice what’s happening.

As soon as you see leaves collecting on your lawn, rake them up and dispose of them properly. This means bagging them and taking them to the landfill, not burning them in the backyard. Most parts of the Denver metro area ban leaf burning, especially during dry periods as it’s hard to control the embers and protect your neighbors’ property from damage.

Use Your Home’s Exterior to Your Advantage
Though holiday decorations on the lawn are a great place to start, they’re not the only options you have. Look at your home’s exterior and use it to your advantage. If you have railings, hang garlands off the railings rather than on your plants. Mount wreaths on your door and put decorative window clings on your home’s windows. 

These simple decorations won’t hurt your landscaping or your home’s exterior and are easy to install on your own in a matter of minutes. For homeowners decorating on a budget or working with a time crunch, you’ll still be able to add flair and make your home look festive fast and on the cheap.

Use Timers on Your Lights
Leaving your holiday lights on at all times may be a wonderful way to entertain the neighborhood, but it’s not smart for your landscaping. Those lights produce a lot of heat after they’re on for a while. This can do damage to your plants if you’re not careful. 

Instead, save yourself the frustration and put your lights on timers. You can program them to turn on and off on their own so you’ll know that everyone can enjoy your light display whether you’re home or not. Even better, since they turn off on their own, your energy bills will stay lower. You won’t accidentally leave the lights on for days on end!

Embrace Inflatables
Sometimes, you just want to make a statement and nothing does that better than a gigantic lawn decoration. But larger decorations often mean heavier decorations. Instead of sticking with the traditional decoration options, consider using inflatable decorations.

These are the perfect statement piece and since they’re full of air, they’re relatively lightweight. Just make sure you find a safe place to run the air compressor to keep the decorations inflated. Setting the inflatable close to a walkway or near your front porch is a simple way to make sure the motor stays off the grass. 

Embrace the Holiday Spirit 
This year, don’t be afraid to decorate your yard. Just make sure you use these tips to keep your landscaping safe at all times. If you’re worried about your trees’ abilities to support the weight of the ornaments you want to hang, schedule an inspection with our team. We’ll help you determine which trees are safe to decorate and which ones are best left alone this winter.

What You Need to Know About Winter Pruning from Your Trusted Tree Company

November 20, 2019

Your trees are one of the most important parts of your Denver home’s landscaping. They add value to your property, make your home comfortable during the summer, and look beautiful every season. For established trees, it’s normal to think that you don’t have to worry about taking care of them during the winter. After all, their roots are developed. But even those older and established trees need a little TLC from a local tree service during the winter. For most trees, this means a light winter pruning is in order. Here’s what you need to know about the process.

Dormant Trees Are Easier to Shape
When the temperatures drop, most trees, with the exception of evergreens, go dormant. This means they’re not actively growing during the cold winter months. This means it’s the perfect time to start paying attention to the shape of those trees. 

Pruning the limbs allows you to control the look of the tree and set it up for a successful and beautiful growing season in the spring. Since the limbs aren’t actively growing, the cuts have time to heal slowly. The result is more structured growth where it’s needed. 

Keep in mind that not all trees need to be pruned during the winter months. Some can simply be left alone to hibernate until the temperatures increase and the growing season starts up again. Your tree service will be able to help you decide which trees need a little help and which ones can wait until spring.

Pruning Helps Control Diseases
Trees can get sick if you’re not careful and diligent about taking care of them. But luckily, those diseases and funguses rely on warm weather to spread. This means that they, like your trees, go dormant in the winter. They won’t start spreading actively until the temperatures rise.

During the winter months, you may be able to trim away the diseased part of the tree. Once the affected limbs are dealt with, the tree won’t have to worry about the disease or fungus progressing. Ultimately, this makes it easier to keep your established trees healthier for longer. And the longer your trees stay healthy, the longer you’ll be able to enjoy them on your property.

Pruning Reduces Stress for Your Trees
Every tree, no matter what type you plant, has a distinct vascular system that supports its growth, processes oxygen, and transmits water, nutrients, and minerals throughout the tree itself. When the tree gets damaged, that vascular system kicks into overdrive to start repairing the damage as quickly as possible.

Pruning registers with the tree as a type of damage—you’re cutting off a part of the living tree to help keep it healthy. But in winter, the vascular system moves more slowly and takes longer to recognize and respond to the damage. This helps reduce the amount of stress the trees experience after pruning. And by the time the weather warms up, the cuts will have healed completely and the tree won’t realize that anything is out of the ordinary.

Be Prepared for Trees to Look Barren
Tree pruning inherently changes the look of the tree at least slightly. During the spring and summer, you may not notice any changes. After all, there are leaves and new growth to fill in the spaces almost immediately. The same is not true in the winter.

Once the leaves fall off the tree, you’re left with a beautiful network of limbs and branches. When you remove even one of those limbs, you’ll see the change immediately. The more you prune, the more noticeable the changes are and the more likely it is that the tree will look barren.

Don’t panic if it looks like most of the tree’s growth is gone. Believe it or not, the pruning process will leave the tree better prepared to grow quickly in the spring. Before you know it, the tree will look full and more beautiful than it did the year before. The barren look is only temporary.

Pruning Is Key for Tree Safety
We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: pruning your trees helps increase safety on your property during the winter months. Think about all those long limbs that extend well away from the trunk. The larger they get, the easier they are to damage. Heavy snowfall will put strain on those limbs and could cause them to break.

Not only are falling limbs a problem for your home and property, but they’re also damaging to the tree. Instead of a neat cut that can heal quickly, you’re left with a jagged break where the limb snapped. That break is an ideal place for insects and pests to nest and get nutrients from. 

By spring, you could have a major problem on your hands and your tree could end up needing to be removed. Pruning creates a clean cut that heals quickly. This reduces the risk of more severe damage and helps you keep your trees in good condition for years to come.

Winter Pruning Needs to Be Handled By a Pro 
The most important part of winter tree pruning is hiring an experienced professional to take care of the job. While you should be able to prune and trim smaller plants like shrubs on your own, pruning trees well takes training and experience.

If you make the wrong type of cut or remove too much or too little of the branch, you could end up damaging the tree. Experienced professionals can assess the health and condition of each tree on your property before making a single cut. This allows them to remove only the parts of the tree that need removing. Once they’re done, your tree will be in great shape and ready for the growing season ahead.

Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’re thinking about winter pruning for the trees on your property, don’t wait for the first snowfall. Schedule an appointment today and let our team assess your trees. We’ll make sure your trees can handle everything winter brings without damage.