Colorado Springs Arborist wins 3rd Place in Tree Climbing Championship

Denver ArboristWe are proud to announce that our talented tree climber and Arborist from our Colorado Springs location, Kevin Kelly, took 3rd Place overall in the SA-RMC Tree Climbing Championship that was held on Saturday, Sept 27th. The competition events included Aerial Rescue, foot lock, belayed seed climb, throw line/setting an access line and work climb.Congrats to Kevin and all of the rest of Mountain High Tree’s climbing team – great work guys!! We’ll post more photos soon!

Here’s some words from Kevin about the event:
“One thing I would like to mention is the comradery during the competition. Every year without fail no matter the weather all contestants/judges/techs/volunteers always have a great attitude and put in a wonderful effort towards the whole event. Everyone is chatting about each event and how well/terrible it went giving advice to one another. This is the main reason why I love this competition and look forward to it every year. There are several guys/gals there that I see once a year and each time we meet up its hugs and handshakes asking one another how their year has been. It is as if we had been in contact with each other the whole time.”
Colorado Springs Arborist“The events that take place during the preliminaries are: Aerial rescue, foot lock (49 feet), belayed seed climb, throw line/setting an access line and work climb. Each one is scored individually and the score/times are recorded, added up then posted on a board. Out of 41 people to compete the top 3 who have scored the total highest points over all in the preliminary events gets to go on and compete in the masters challenge later in the day. The masters challenge consists of doing a pre-climb inspection, setting an appropriate access line, ascending the tree and reach each individual stations, getting to the ground safely and pulling all your gear out of the tree before the time is up. The scoring is based off of time/innovation/techniques/safety and completion of each individual station.”

Colorado Springs Arborist“Luke Glines won it this year and will be representing the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture in Tampa Bay Florida this year to compete against all other chapter winners. This includes Europe, Australia, Canada and several other countries. Charly Wagner took second and I took third (three years in a row… I will get them one day).”
~ Kevin Kelly, Supervisor (13 years), ISA Certified Arborist

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Denver Arborists – Tree Climbing Championship!

Denver Arborists - Tree Climbing

Come help us root for our Mountain High Tree Climbing Team at the SA-RMC Tree Climbing Championship on Saturday, September 27th from 7am-6pm at City Park, at 20th & York Street, just west of the Pavilion.

This should be a good time for all to watch all the expert tree climbers do their thing! Bring a picnic and enjoy the festivities while you watch the climbers in action. Good luck guys!


Tree Trimming

Tree trimming is very important to the long term health of your trees in Colorado. Tree trimming helps improve health and structure while reducing hazards and improving the appearance. Tree pruning is most often done in the winter months, when trees are dormant and structure is easy to see, and the possibility of spreading  disease is lowest. Plus, Mountain High Tree offers a 10% winter discount on tree trimming! Pruning this winter will help prevent tree limbs from breaking in spring snow storms, and will also help improve the health and beauty of your trees.

Our Arborists at Mountain High Tree are here to help keep your trees healthy. Never hesitate to contact us at 303.232.0666 send us an estimate request below to have one of our arborists evaluate your trees and recommend treatments.  Don’t worry, we don’t sell unnecessary services or try to up-sell you, so you can trust that we’ll recommend only what is best for your trees – because we LOVE trees!

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Lawn Fertilization in Colorado Springs

Lawn Fertilization in Colorado Springs

Great news, our Colorado Springs location, Mountain High Tree Care & Consulting, is going to start offering Lawn Fertilization Programs starting in spring 2015. Their Lawn Service Programs include Nature’s Way, a locally produced organic fertilizer; Extended Release fertilizers, which slowly feed the lawn to keep it green all season; a Conventional Program which keeps lawns green and lush, and also Weed Control, to help combat the especially hard to eliminate weeds such as dandelions. All of the lawn treatments are specifically created for our Colorado Springs climate and soil type, to ensure that you will have a super healthy green lawn!

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Denver Lawn Care Tips for Fall

Denver Lawn ServiceHere are some good tips on how to keep your Colorado lawn healthy this fall:

Mowing Your Lawn
It’s important to keep your grass 2 to 2-1/2 inches tall throughout the fall. If your grass gets much longer (more than 3 inches) it will mat, leading to winter lawn disease problems such as snow mold. If you cut it shorter than 2 inches, you’ll severely limit its ability to make and store food for growth in the spring.

Raking Leaves
Lawn raking in the fall removes excess organic debris, and can help maintain water quality. In winter, freezing and thawing can cause leaves, dead grass plants, and other organic debris to mat and cause snow mold under snow packed areas

Recycling Leaves
There are several environmentally friendly options when it comes to disposing of fallen leaves. The preferred way is to compost them, because composting keeps leaves out of streets and storm sewers. You can also use fallen leaves, whole or chipped by a power mower, as winter mulch around rose bushes and landscape plants. Whatever method you use, remember that the cleaner a lawn is going into the winter the quicker the recovery will be when spring hits.

Watering Your Lawn
Even though temperatures might be cooler than in summer, your lawn still needs water. Since lawn grasses continue to grow throughout the fall, watering is still important to sustain growth. Go ahead and water as needed, usually about an inch to an inch and a half per week, until the ground is cold and beginning to freeze. If you have an automatic irrigation system, avoid damage by having it blown out with compressed air before water freezes in the pipes and sprinkler heads.

A quick note on winter watering: Even dormant grass needs some moisture. In addition, winter watering of exposed areas of the lawn, particularly south and west facing areas, can cut down on winter mite damage. For yards with a history of mite damage, Mountain High does offer winter mite sprays, but even with chemical control, winter watering may be needed in dray areas.

Keep in mind Mountain High has sprinkler technicians for all your watering needs.

Fertilizing Your Lawn
Applying a final dose of fertilizer in September or October will set your lawn up for a quicker recovery. This winterizing fertilizer provides your grass with nutrients that will be absorbed and stored until needed for spring growth. Lawns that have received late-season fertilizing are often the first to begin growing in the spring. (This is not the case with our Meister Fertilizer Program)

Broadleaf Weed Control
Fall is a good time to control perennial broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, plantain, clover, and mallow. If your weeds are few and scattered—or confined to a few small areas—spot-treating them with herbicide is usually sufficient. Weed-control products sold in ready-to-use spray containers make spot treatment easy. We make sure to complete treatments when temperatures are still warm enough to be effective. Herbicide are only effective when the weeds are still actively growing, so application beds to be done before winter cold sets in.

Seeding and Sodding Your Lawn
Fall is normally the best time of year to repair lawns by seeding or sodding. Seeding should be completed before the end of September. Cool temperatures usually make fall seeding or sodding successful. However, this year, the extreme drought conditions will make seeding less effective since soil moisture content is low and watering restrictions make getting daily water to keep soil moist both tough to do and expensive. Spring seeding may be a better option for many people.

An application of Revive from Mountain High can help spur some growth and recovery, and is a good option for yards with some summer drought damage.

2014 Colorado Fall Home Show Coupon!

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Come see our Mountain High Tree Landscaping team at the 2014 Colorado Fall Home Show from Sept 19-21 at the Convention Center in Denver.

We’d love to talk to you about creating your dream landscape! We design waterfalls, patios, outdoor kitchens and more, so come tell us your ideas and let’s start a project together!

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Denver Tree Company since 1974!

Founded in 1974, Mountain High Tree, Lawn and Landscape Co. began as a family-owned, full-service company dedicated to nurturing and preserving Colorado’s urban forests and landscapes. Over forty years later, owner Ralph Bronk’s vision of pairing superior lawn and plant care expertise with environmentally responsible programs has been realized. Recycling 100% of its tree debris, establishing sustainable practices, using local products, and educating customers to be eco-friendly has helped Mountain High grow into one of the largest independent landscape care companies in the region.

Here are some photos from the good ol’ days when we first got our start! Boy have we come a long way!

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One of our first trucks!

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The shop back on 7700 E. Iliff Ave. back in the day!

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Lawn Fertilizing Service Deal

Lawn Fertilization Service in Denver

Mountain High Tree, Lawn & Landscape offers Lawn Fertilizing in Denver and Lakewood areas. We offer a variety of lawn fertilization options, including organic lawn fertilization, extended release fertilization, weed control, and insect and disease control for lawns. We have programs that are just right for our high plains climate in Colorado.

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Colorado Lawn Care and Watering in the Fall

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Rake up leaves regularly to keep lawn healthy.

As we enter fall, many people back off on lawn care. The summer is over, the grass is not growing as fast, and we have longer and cooler nights. We are thinking about getting kids to school, and even breaking out the skiing equipment to ready it for the snows which are only a couple of short months away.

The problem is, fall is a key time for lawn heath; ignoring it puts your grass at risk not only for the winter months but also for the following spring.

Consider what Dr. Tony Koski, Turf Specialist at Colorado State University, say about watering lawns in the fall:

“Lawn watering is often stopped in early fall. Conventional thinking is that because ET (evapo-transpiration) rates are low and the turf isn‘t growing much, it is OK to stop watering. However, historic ET and rainfall data for most of Colorado shows a need of 0.5 to 0.75 inch of irrigation per week during September and October.

While mowing isn‘t needed as frequently during fall, the turf DOES continue to grow – but in ways that differ from spring and summer. Turfgrasses form tillers (side shoots) and rhizomes that increase the density of fall turf. This is an important time for turf to “heal” after a stressful summer, especially if it has been worn down by traffic or suffered from disease or insect problems.

Fall watering is essential for late season nitrogen applications to work most effectively. Fertilizer applied to dry turf is less likely to enhance fall rooting and increase energy storage. Be sure to water in fall fertilizer applications, often considered the most important application of the year.

Fall is the best time of year to control perennial broadleaf weeds – dandelion, clover, bindweed, plantain, and thistle, to name a few. Fall herbicide applications are more effective when applied to healthy, green, actively growing weeds. The herbicide is more easily absorbed and moved to weed roots resulting in better control.

Finally, fall watering of lawns that were damaged by winter mites (clover mites, Banks grass mites) is essential for discouraging mite activity this upcoming winter and reducing potential mite problems.”

As you can see from one of the leading turf experts in not only the State of Colorado, but the entire United States, ignoring lawns in the fall is one of the worst things for grass health.

To keep your grass happy and heathy, follow these tips:

1)  Do not stop watering too early: continue to water regularly into October – this will allow the turf to recover from the summer, start to fill in damaged areas, and push back the emergence of winter mites.

2) Mow: Continue to mow as the yard needs it and keep grass length to about 2½ to 3 inches. When mowing never remove more than ⅓ of the grass blade. Cutting off too much of the blade puts the yard under a great deal of extra stress.

Lawn Fertilization3)  Fertilize: Unless you are using a slow release fertilizer that feeds the yard over the entire summer, get a fall fertilization. This will promote growth at a time when the lawn is trying to recover from the summer and build a good base for the following year.

4)  Weed:  Fall is the time to get rid of weeds. The weeds that hardened off during the heat of summer are opening up more and are easier to kill. Destroying them now, all the way down to the root level, means fewer weeds next year.

5)  Aerate: If you have a yard with high traffic, fall is a good time to aerate to relieve the soil compaction. Compacted soil prevents moisture and nutrients from getting to the roots and prevents the roots from breathing. Grass trying to grow in highly compacted soil cannot recover properly.

As always the Lawn Care department at Mountain High is here to help keep your turf healthy. Never hesitate to contact us at 303.232.0666 send us an estimate request below to get on one of our fine lawn care programs:

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