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Dog Days of Summer
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Seems like yesterday we were all excited for the longer, warmer days, and all the joys of summer.  What we actually ended up with was a season that was filled with challenges. The weather has caused us all some set backs this summer, and we would once again like to thank our customers for your patience.

As we look forward to school starting, we should also look to preparing our lawns and landscapes for fall.  Make sure that you are set up for a fall lawn fertilization and a date set up for getting your sprinkler systems winterized.
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Ralph Bronk, owner
& the MHT Team


Trees
Japanese Beetle and Leaf Spot Disease:
As we enter August we are seeing another season of Japanese beetle with increasing adult populations and expanding area.  Japanese Beetle with frameThis year we are finding adult Japanese beetles as far east as Havana Street, and as far west as Wadsworth Blvd.  This expansion may be attributed to the excess spring moisture supporting a larger population.  As the large adult population emerges from the soil, the beetles will travel to find the food resources they need to survive.  With over 200 species of suitable hosts, the beetles often find good food sources around every corner. Be on the lookout for these large, metallic green colored beetles.  They have big appetites and can severely impact your landscape before you know what hit you. 
 
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The spring moisture not only helped foster a large  Japanese beetle population, but also created conditions that  have produced large  amounts of foliar diseases.  We are now  seeing the results of the  spring disease activity with  early leaf drop in several species of trees and shrubs.  Most noticeably, we are seeing large amounts of leaf drop in the Cottonwood trees.  Many landscapes are also seeing excessive amounts of leaf drop from Crabapples, Apples and Maples.  Because these foliar infections began in the spring there is nothing that can be done now.  It is important to clean up all the infected leaf material, as the disease will overwinter on dead leaves and infect new leaves next spring.

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Lee's Lawn Tips
Lawn Care for Late Summer:
 
Watering:
For the best grass health it is best to water more heavily,
but less often. Deep watering and letting the soil dry forces deeper roots and makes the lawn more drought resistant. During the hottest times of summer a lawn needs about 2.5 inches of water per week.
 
Mow at the right height:
Keep mowing height at 2.5 to 3 inches. Taller grass shades the soil, which reduces water evaporation, leads to deeper roots, and prevents weed seeds from germinating. Mow often enough so you’re never removing more than one-third of the leaf height during any one cutting.
 
Sharpen your mower blade:
A dull mower blade rips grass instead of cutting it. This makes ragged wounds, brown edges, and opens the tip up for disease organisms. By late summer many mower blades have gone dull. A good rule of thumb is to sharpen blades after every 10 to 12 hours of mowing.
 
Get weeds under control:
Weeds steal nutrients and moisture from the lawn while smothering out desirable grass. Keeping weeds under control is one key to keeping a lawn healthy and happy. A weed free lawn is also far more enjoyable to walk on in bare feet.

For more on insects, weeds and more; click here.


Landscape
Who could have ever imagined Denver having as much precipitation as we have had this year? Not only the amount but the duration of the wet weather has made a tremendous impact on our industry. One of the most common requests this year has been for improving drainage on our client’s properties. As this is not an easy or direct answer for most people, here are some drainage basics.

First and foremost, one of the easiest and most 
important 
things you can do on your property to improve your drainage
is to make surethat you have adequate slope away from any building structures. This means that you have a minimum of
¼ inch of drop per foot of run. So to grade away from the house 8 feet, you would need at least 2 inches of drop from the house out. The shorter the distance you are able to grade away from the house, the more the slope should be; as much as ½ inch per foot (or more).

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Second, once you have addressed the slope around
your 
house and out buildings, you will want to make sure
that you have little to no irrigation within the first three to four feet next to the structure. You should have beds with little or no plantings at the perimeter of the house or a hard surface like a sidewalk or drive. There should never be lawn against any building.


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Tree
AUGUST 2015
 
MHT ~ SEASONAL TOPICS
from Craig Little
Craig LittleMake sure you are running your irrigation system. With temperatures in the 90's and humidity levels back down to 30%, we are finding turf areas in need of supplemental water.  The extended forecast calls for more temps in the 90's and upper 80's, so take care to ensure the proper operation of your irrigation system to preserve the health of your trees, shrubs and turf.  

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Reviews of Mountain High Tree
Some of our recent reviews:

Jean in Arvada ~ I like how when I pay ahead you schedue quickly and the job is done!

Suzanne in Denver ~ Courtesy, cleanliness, caring manner, and professionalism!

Ed in Lakewood ~ Good ol' fashion way of doing business, Thanks Ralph.

Byron in Thornton ~ Crew was first class, very satisfied with the work that was done.  Crew was very respectful and very good at what they do!

Barbara in Cherry Hills Village ~ I am a VERY happy customer!

Sue in Golden ~ My ailing 60 year old Blue Spruce had a fungus 3 years ago, after treatments, it's now healthy.  I trust Mountain High and arborist Bill Tillapaugh.

Ann in Wheat Ridge ~ I love you guys!


 

 
 
 
 
 

Summer Observations:
 
2015 is on track to be the wettest year recorded in Colorado Springs.  This along with an early Arctic freeze last November and cool/cold temperatures in May have created some unique problems for trees and shrubs. Following are some of Mountain High’s observations this summer.

  • Douglas-Fir tussock moth populations blew up on Cheyenne Mountain and in Cheyenne Cañon, defoliating thousands of Fir trees and causing a visible band of brown trees across the mountain.
  • Fire blight has shown up with a vengeance on many Apple and Crabapple trees. Spring Snow Crabapple trees have been especially hard hit.
  • Leaf spot fungi abound due to higher precipitation and humidity.  These are causing early leaf fall on Cottonwoods and Aspens.
  • Many Juniper shrubs that looked poor earlier in the season due to freeze injury are looking even worse. Also, as it gets hotter more branches that were chewed by voles this winter are now turning brown.
  • With the heat of summer, random leaves on some trees and shrubs are browning and wilting.  They are perhaps shedding overgrowth due to a wet year.
  • There is continued evidence of freeze injury to plants.  Siberian Elms that we thought were leafing out have now shut down and are dead or partially dead.  Many Ash trees are dead or partially dead and have a distorted, adventitious sucker growth emerging from cracks in their trunks.  Dead Cherry trees, Plums and Willows abound.
  • Freeze damaged Cotoneaster, Privet, Burning bush, gold flame Spireas, and Euonymus are recovering and resprouting from the roots.

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Kathy Torres

Kathy was born in California, but never fear, was raised in Colorado. She is happily married and has 4 children. Kathy loves to excercise, crocheting,going to the park with her 9 month old daughter (guess that explains the crocheting) and girls' night out! Kathy always has a smile on her face, a good joke to tell  and has an infectious laugh. She loves to hang out with family and friends, and loves a good BBQ.

Kathy is an excellent addition to the Mountain High Tree family, and we are very happy to have her here!

 
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