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Jolly Holidays!

It's hard to believe that another year is almost over. We are very grateful to our customers who continue to hire and refer business to us. We are thankful for the good year we had and also glad that we could donate our time and services to help a few community projects that we care about: Comcast Cares Day; Mile High Million, East High School, and Montclair Residential Project, to name a few.

Partnerships: We are excited to partner with The Park People again in 2012. The Park People works to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Denver's parks, recreation resources, open space and urban forest. We are sponsoring the Community Forester Program which is a partnership between The Park People and Denver Parks & Recreation, that empowers individuals to lead tree planting and care activities within the community. Visit their website to learn how you can get involved.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year!
Ralph Bronk
Ralph Bronk and MHT Team

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Winter Tree Care

Remember the nice summer afternoons and evenings in the back yard barbequing with your family, with a green leafy canopy from your favorite tree keeping you and your home cool? With all the joys that our trees give us, it is important to look at what we can do this winter to promote their longevity. In Colorado, there are two major obstacles for trees to overcome: 1) our dry conditions stunt tree growth, and 2) the harsh winter storms damage tree structure.

So, when the snow melts and the days warm up, remember to water your tree's root system to help promote optimal nutrient uptake and maximum growth. During the winter, we also have an opportunity to examine branch structure and identify problematic issues.

Potential structural issues include broken/hanging branches, cracks or seams in branches, crossing and rubbing branches, and co-dominant branch growth. These issues can lead to costly and dangerous situations as trees grow larger. Pruning trees in fall and winter, when leaves have fallen, is the best time to improve tree structure. It is also very helpful to prune when trees are young to create a long lived and healthy tree. You can read more about pruning on the International Society of Arboriculture website.


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Winter Lawn Tips

Even though it snowed this past week, we've had dry conditions similar to the early winter of 2010. Be aware, the lack of moisture does put stress on your lawn and landscape. There are several species of mites that attack lawns during cold temperatures. The damage from these mites will go unnoticed until spring - at which time your lawn will be brown and unsightly. Additionally, the damaged areas will be slow to recover and will require costly care to improve.

Preventing the damage before it occurs is the key to maintaining a lawn that will be healthy and green next spring. The treatments range from simple lawn watering to monthly applications of insecticides. With low snowfall or other precipitation, mite populations can explode quickly. It is important to stay ahead of the situation by monitoring weather conditions. This is a hectic time of year with holidays and vacations so be sure to mark your calendar as a reminder to check your lawn and landscape for problems before they become too big to handle. Be sure to call us if you have concerns.

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De-Icing Your Landscapes

Every winter, homeowners use a variety of de-icing salt products to combat ice as it builds up on sidewalks, steps, and driveways. Regardless of the type of salt product that is used the result is always the same. Salt, by its nature, is acidic. Conversely, concrete is very alkaline. When a salt product is used to breakdown ice it will eventually make its way into the small pores of the concrete and begin to lower the pH of the concrete and cause the concrete to become brittle. Once the integrity of the concrete has been compromised it will begin to flake off and deteriorate.

Managing to prevent ice buildup without using a salt product is important to keeping your landscape and lawn healthy, as well as preventing the destruction of your concrete and other hardscapes.

As salt products melt ice, the resulting salt water solution will make its way into the soil of your landscape. Salt will likely always be the most effective herbicide on earth. Any addition of salt into your landscape will cause long lasting damage to turf, shrubs and trees. Getting the salt out of your soil is very difficult so it's vital that steps are taken to prevent it from getting there in the first place. There are de-icing products available that do not use salt as their main ingredient. These products are more expensive than the traditional salt products, but the extended costs of repairing concrete, turf, and plants after salt damage occurs is something to avoid if at all possible.


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Get to know us!

James Retzlaff has worked in our trim department for the past four years and has a total of eight years in the tree business. He was born and raised in Spring Lake, MI graduating from Northern Michigan University. James has two bachelor degrees - one in Outdoor Recreation and one in Leadership Management. His many certifications include: Wilderness EMT, ISA Certified Arborist, National Ski Patroller, American Heart Association Instructor and Basic Life Support Instructor. James and his girlfriend (sorry ladies) like to spend time fly fishing, skiing, rock climbing, ice climbing, and of course tree climbing. He is a great asset to our company and is very appreciated and respected by his fellow employees.


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Mountain High Tree,
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303.232.0666
5717 W. 11th Ave.
Lakewood, CO, 80214

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MHT ~ SEASONAL TOPICS
from Craig Little

Craig LittleTip of the Month:
Don't prune your roses if the winter looks like it will be especially dry. Fresh pruning wounds on roses will continue to dry out through the winter until plants become active again in the spring. Tie up your long roses to give them support against the heavy snows of winter and wait until spring to cut them back.

 


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Favorite Customer Comments:

Every month, we will select a winner for a $10 B.U.D. gift card. Take a moment and tell us what you think about our service. You will find the customer survey on the back of your invoice.

November Winner:
Nick & Annie
in Colorado Springs

"Thank you so much! Entire crew was awesome! We are customers for life!"
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"The crew was very efficient & quick in nasty weather. Have recommended your company to friends."
Duncan in Denver

"Everyone was very helpful in quickly getting the fallen tree off of my house! Thank you!"
Jim in Denver

"Great service, respected my property, did a great job, and careful with my dogs. Outstanding service! Trees were trimmed just in time for early snow and they came through it just fine."
Judson in Greenwood Village

"The crew did a terrific job of cleaning up the mess and trimming our trees to look their best. We are more than pleased with the work done."
Jeff & Paula in Broomfield

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Mountain High Tree, Lawn & Landscape  | 5717 W. 11th Ave. | Lakewood, Colorado | 80214 | 303.232.0666
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| 3450 Astrozon Pl. | Colorado Springs, Colorado | 80910 | 719-444-8800
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