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Wow, it's February already and we all know what that means; spring is right round the corner!  Please take a few minutes to review your proposal. If you have any questions, please give us a call.  We are here for you!

We have given you personalized property recommendations this season and are looking forward to working with you.
Our goal is to exceed your expectations so that your trees, lawn and landscape will be the envy of the neighborhood!

Let's make 2015 a great year for everyone!  As we celebrate 40+ years in business, we sure would like to hear from you on what your experience has been with us. Please take a moment to write us a review, click below:

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Reviews of Mountain High Tree

Ralph Bronk, owner
& the MHT Team

Check your trees for structural damage:

Winter is a great time to take a close look at the structure of your mature deciduous trees.  During the growing season, leaf canopies obstruct our ability to see branch structures from the ground.holes 2

It is important to take the time to look closely for problems that could create current or future hazardous conditions. Branches that are damaged from high winds, heavy snow and lightning can remain partially attached or hung up in the trees. These damaged branches may remain in the tree for weeks or even months just waiting for the next weather event.

Below are a few things to look for when examining a tree's branch structure.

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Lee's Lawn Tips
Salt & Ice-melt damage to yards:

As the freezing and thawing of snow on sidewalks and drives occurs, please keep in mind ice melt can damage lawns and other sensitive plants. To prevent long term injury and/or damage, toss cleared snow well back so it won't melt back onto concrete and refreeze.  This keeps salt applications (and subsequent runoff) to a minimum.

Salt is toxic to plants.  When dissolved in water the sodium and chloride ions separate. The sodium ions replace needed nutrients in the soil (potassium, magnesium, calcium) making them unavailable to your plants and shrubs. The chloride ions are transported from roots to leaves, building up in the leaves and interfering with photosynthesis. Rock salt absorbs the water that would normally be used by roots, dehydrating the roots and stressing the plants. Salt also reduces the cold hardiness of plants, making them more susceptible to frost damage. 
Here are a few tips to keep your plants safe and your sidewalks and driveways clear:

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Winter sun scald:

It is hard to believe that with the shorter days and the much cooler temperatures that there is anything that may pose a SCALD 5risk to the plant material in our landscape. 

The younger deciduous trees in your yard may be at risk for something known as sun scald. When the day time temperatures climb well above freezing, combined with the fact that the sun is lower in the sky hitting the south and west sides of the trunk directly, a tree's outer cells become active.

When the temperature drops below freezing at night, these once dormant cells are damaged, potentially beyond repair. Signs of this damage can be seen in the discoloration of the young bark, cracking, or a flat spot under the bark, typically on the south or west side of the tree.

The end result of sun scald is the diminished transportation of nutrients to the canopy whidh will cause branches at the top of the tree to die off.  If the damage is significant enough the tree may  not recover.  As a tree matures  and the bark becomes thicker, the risk for sun scald significantly Sunscald 3diminishes. It can take 2 to 3 years for the bark to become thick enough to withstand the  drastic temperature changes in  the winter.  That can vary greatly depending on what type of tree is planted in your yard.  An Oak tree may need to be protected for only a couple of years while you may want to protect a Tulip Poplar, Aspen or Apple tree (for example), for five or more years. Evergreen trees typically do not have issues with sun scald due to the large amount of needles on the trees that helps block the sun's effects.

Click here to read more on how to wrap your trees.

Don't Forget Mulch In The Spring!

Mulch is a great way to retain  moisture around your trees,
shrubs and plants.  Mulch is better to use versus rocks asmulch hands edited 2
they heat up during the day and
evaoporates the moisture that your landscape needs.

If you would like more information on our MHT Supreme Organic Mulch, please visit our website or call our office.  We deliver, or you can pick it up yourself!

Get to know us in the Springs!
Meet Austin Lopez - Certified Arborist

Adrian Lopez 5Austin Lopez has been with Mountain High in Colorado Springs for almost 2 years.  Austin grew up in Colorado Springs, learning as a young boy how to climb trees from his father Tino, also an arborist.  

Austin has been an arborist and climbing trees for over 15 years.  He honed his skills in California working as a trim supervisor for 12 years with West Coast Arborists before moving back to Colorado Springs and his "roots" (no pun intended). He is an ISA Certified Arborist as well as Tree Worker/Climber Specialist.

Austin has a 6 year old daughter, Jesalyn.  His hobbies are fishing and target shooting.



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Refer a friend and get a $30 check!

from Craig Little

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Evergreen shrubs!

Our winters can dry out and damage various Evergreen shrubs such as Boxwoods.  Protect them from dry winter conditions by wrapping them with burlap or applying an antidesiccant foliar spray.


Get to know us!
Meet Shane Tucker
Trim Deparment Manager​


Shane Tucker grew up in Michigan and moved to Colorado 2½ years ago for a better job opportunity.  He was our lead foreman until 6 months ago when he became the Trim Department Manager.
He has over 20 years in the tree industry and has worked in Chicago, Florida, New York City, & Ohio.  He has been on high profile properties such as Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach, FL & The Breakers Hotel USA.  He was a foreman of a crew of 60 that climbed and inspected all of the trees in Central Park for Asian Longhorn Beetle!

He loves the tree industry because it is challenging and different every single day.  He decided to get his arborist license so that he could be informed of all the correct ways to do pruning as well as be knowledgeable in diagnosing Plant Health Care issues.  He also wanted to know as much about trees as possible.  Shane was featured in the Lawn & Landscape Market Leadership Magazine's November issue. 
Shane loves working at Mountain High Tree Service!! He particularly loves how involved Ralph is and what he does for his employees; he feels like Ralph treats everyone with so much respect. He relishes working in a team environment and his favorite part of his job is doing large removals and being part of a large project where he has to solve a puzzle in order to accomplish the end goal. 

In his spare time he loves spending time with his 5 year old daughter, whom he absolutely adores.




 Colorado Springs Tree and Lawn Company 

Douglas-Fir Tussock Moth (Orgyia pseudotsugata)

Tussock moth infected tree webPopulations of this defoliating caterpillar surged in 2014 in Colorado Springs.  You can see groups of partially or totally defoliated trees in many areas.  Especially noticeable were Spruce trees with a distinctive orange colorations along the Academy Blvd. corridor and a large area of Gray Fir trees on Cheyenne Mountain below NORAD.   Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir and White Fir trees are also hosts to this insect.  These caterpillars feed on new needles, partially eating them and causing the remaining portion of the needles to turn an orangish-brown. Eventually larvae move to feed on older needles, stripping the branches.  After the initial season of feeding, a tree can usually put out new growth the following year, but with repeated defoliation a tree will die.

It is important to spray for this insect!  Chemical controls should be applied shortly after egg hatch in late May or early June.  A biological option; Bacillus thuringiensis, is also available.  It is a bacterium that feeds on caterpillars. Timing is critical and it is not as effective.

Tussock moth webTussock moth overwinters in the egg stage near the female's pupal case.  Eggs hatch in late May and larvae move to feed on new growth, often in the top of the tree. They feed heavily from June into July, growing into large caterpillars, distinguished by tufts of hair.  They pupate by August and the non-descript adult moths mate and then lay eggs. Many of you will see a new recommendation for this on your annual proposal!

If you would like your trees checked, please call our Colorado Springs office at 719.444.8800 or click on the estimate request below for a free evaluation.

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Customer Reviews and Comments:

Just returning your email about this years’ service.  I am, as always, still a loyal customer, and am confirming your proposal. Thank you (and please pass this on to Ralph). Can you believe I've been with you for over 30 years?!?!?!?  Wishing Mt High much prosperity in the New Year!  P.S. It always warms my heart that my property is the one pictured on your landscaping site. (Tell Ralph ) Patty B - Lakewood

1st prune job wasn’t that great, but you cheerfully made it right. Thanks - Kelly K, Lakewood 

Services are always thorough and timely. They do exactly what they say they are going to do. Great office staff. A company that fulfills and exceeds expectations. Can’t say enough good about Mountain High. – Leslie H, Denver

Very responsive, took great care and skill in fixing our sprinkler system. Sean really knows and understands our system. Desiree, one of the techs got going when our sprinkler heads were broken. Both are excellent and I'd recommend them to anyone on sprinkler repair, rearranging, reconfiguring, turn on or off. Thx - Jerry M, Denver

Mountain High put Christmas lights on my front yard tree (which is as tall as my 2-story house) they did a FANTASTIC job. Just about every large and small branch was wrapped so the tree was COMPLETELY lit up. I was like, "Wow, wow, wow. Stop the clock!" Very classy, elegant, and high-end looking. I could not have been more pleased. In addition, Craig, the man who installed the lights, was a pleasure with whom to work. He was incredibly polite, personable in a quiet way, and very efficient. But what impressed me the most was his thoughtful attention to the rest of my yard. He noticed I had a tree that was susceptible to the Emerald Ash Borer (a bug that has been killing nearby trees) and offered some suggestions on how to protect it. He also happily and patiently answered questions I had about the rest of my yard even though he was just there to decorate my tree. I thought that was really nice. So five stars from me! Very happy I used them and will continue to use only them in the future. – Melissa G, Boulder

We are property managers for investor owners of single family homes.  We have worked with Mountain High for many years. They are very responsive to our requests for advise on tree safety issues as well as they are willing to help us find solutions to keep the cost of required tree work within the budget approved by our property owners.  The staff at Mountain High works with us to keep the tenant living in the rental properties informed so they are not surprised  to find workers at their home working on the trees or shrubs. Susan M, Lakewood

Mountain High last week removed six 25 ft junipers and manicured a complicated 30 ft snow crab. Their work was professional, neat, and economically priced. The snow crab manicure is indeed, a work of art. Mountain High has worked for us in the past and will work for us again. – Wayne I, Littleton

I've worked with the folks at Mountain High Tree, Lawn and Landscape for a number of years now, both professionally and personally. I manage community associations and have employed Mountain High for arbor care services from Arvada to South Denver to Aurora. Most recently, they helped my mother remove a 100 foot Ponderosa Pine from her front yard - it became diseased, suddenly died and required removal before a wind storm threatened to send it crashing down into her home. Kudos to the Mountain High Team - keep up the great work. – Kimberly A, Denver

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