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Snow Mold is the spring reminder of winter's snowfall. 

Areas shaded with long lasting snow are very susceptible.

Snow mold in Colorado turf is a fungal pathogen that infects many species of turf equally. The only requirement for Snow Mold damage to occur is the presence of snow cover along with temps between freezing and fifty degrees. This fungal pathogen starts as a small circular patch of infected grass and can grow to consume huge swaths of turf. Affected areas take a great deal longer to green up in the spring and have a straw like color appearing completely dead. The most common types of Snow Mold in Colorado are Gray (also known as Typhula blight) and Pink Snow Mold (also known as Fusarium patch).

Once the winter snow has melted the evidence is unmistakable and extremely unsightly. The lag time for the grass to green up in the spring leaves a significant patchwork of turf and becomes an annoyance for many Colorado homeowners. The damage caused by Snow Mold is seldom serious. Gently raking affected areas of the lawn to promote drying and prevent further fungal growth is the best technique for disrupting the disease cycle. The grass usually will begin to green up within a few weeks after raking. If it doesn't come back, overseed the area with the appropriate turfgrass variety. Use of fungicides isn't necessary, nor are they particularly effective.

Irrigation Turn-on's beginning soon:

Spring is here and it's time to get ready for that warm weather again... We are scheduling sprinkler activations starting the beginning of April (weather permitting). Activations will be performed six days a week during the day light hours. Time slots do fill up quickly, so we recommend that you set your appointment as soon as possible.

As part of your activation service we will turn the system on, check all zones for proper coverage and set the watering times on your control panel. Depending on the extent of the repairs, if repairs are needed they can be taken care of immediately with your authorization. If the repair will require more time than is available while the activation is being performed, we will schedule a later appointment that will allow enough time for the repair to be completed.

Feel free to call our office with any questions and to schedule your sprinkler activation. Contact Stephanie in our irrigation department at 303-457-5860.


Get spring started on the right foot:
 

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Get out and prune your trees and shrubs so your landscape is healthy and happy...

As the temperatures rise, the days get longer and the birds start chirping, spring starts to make its presence felt. The flowering of trees and the return of the leaves will soon follow. It is important to use the final few weeks before our landscapes are in full swing to get to the last few yard projects that have been put off during the winter. Removing dead branches from trees and shrubs is the best place to start. Deadwooding of plants is a great way to give them a head start on a new growing season. Plants expend a great deal of energy to prevent decay that may enter from dead material. Removing dead portions of plants allows plants to focus their energy on growth and flowering, ensuring a beautiful and healthy landscape.

Additionally, there are several fungal and bacterial diseases that become very active in the spring and summer. Pruning trees like Apples and Elm trees in the spring can invite these diseases. There is still a short amount of time to perform this type of pruning without exposing trees to additional risk, so contact one of our helpful Arborist’s today to assist you in developing a plan for your property.


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New to our monthly newsletter:
Get to know us.

We know that our dedicated employees contribute so much to the success of our company. We are proud to take a moment in our newsletter and introduce you to a team member each month.

This April, Stephanie will be the person on the other end of the line when you call to schedule your sprinkler system turn on. 

Meet Stephanie. She has been with MHT since July 2009 and has been working in the landscape industry for 4 years. She is a valuable asset to our landscape and irrigation department. She is a problem solver and doesn’t rest until she’s completely resolved an issue. She loves helping people! Stephanie is currently studying to become a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) and we look forward to supporting her growth. Her assistant is Frankie, her 6 month old Chihuahua puppy, who ensures that all her writing utensils have the proper amount of teeth marks prior to use. Please do give Stephanie a call this month to schedule your sprinkler turn on!

Healthy Plants & Lawns begin here:

The creepy crawlers will soon be emerging from their winter hibernation to annoy us and torment our plants. Make sure you have your Plant Health Care and Turf Programs ready to go.

Each winter the Arborist’s at Mountain high take the time to evaluate your landscape’s health. We use this vital information to develop a Plant Health Care program that fits your needs and protects the natural environment we all share. If you have not received your Plant Health Care Proposal in the mail, be sure to contact us so we can supply you with the information that will ensure a healthy and vibrant landscape.

Our goal is to always learn from our environment and to develop a variety of programs that work to meet your specific needs. We want you to be part of this process so you may grow in your appreciation of our beautiful Colorado environment. Please call us anytime so we can discuss any questions you may have. It is also important to note that many of the treatments we provide are time sensitive, so be sure to return your authorized Plant Health Care Proposal as soon as possible so that we may provide the highest quality services possible. We look forward to once again serving you in 2010!


Landscaping

So many of us have stood in our yard and said “I want to change this”, or “I wish we had a tree here”. Well, now is the time to invest in your most valuable asset, your home. Let the professional team at Mountain High make your investment a wise one.

Nurseries and Garden Centers all over Colorado are springing to life once again. New plant material is arriving every day and awaiting a new home in your landscape. Unfortunately, designing a new landscape for your home is not as easy as picking up a few plants from the local hardware store. With growing emphasis on wiser spending it would be crazy to throw money out the window by trying to tackle such a large project without the proper planning.

The landscape professionals at Mountain High are eager to work with you to design, plan, and install a landscape that will grow with you and your family for years to come. Our knowledge of plant species, hardscapes, water features, outdoor kitchens, fencing, landscape lighting, and irrigation systems are all provided to offer you the best option for investing in your home today. All Coloradans know the wonderful value of nature and Mountain High is here to help you experience the best parts of nature in your own backyard.

 

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Tree Spring Edition
April 20, 2010
   
  Mountain High Tree,
Lawn & Landscape

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5717 W. 11th Ave.
Lakewood, CO, 80214


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MHT ~ SEASONAL TOPICS
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Craig LittleTip of the Month:

Aerate your lawn!

Lawn Aeration is the physical process of removing small plugs of thatch and soil to reduce compaction and promote root growth.

The benefits of lawn aeration are numerous:
  • Reduction of soil compaction
  • Promotes root growth into otherwise inhospitable soil
  • Reduces buildup of thatch
  • Improved soil conditions will allow for better water absorption and reduces stress during periods of drought and heat
  • Reduces likelihood of various fungal pathogens
  • Enhances over-seeding results

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