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Happy New Year!

Well – at least we had a White Christmas! Unfortunately, not much moisture came with it. The mountains also continue to suffer from below average snowfall. Let us hope for more moisture for our landscapes this coming month. If not, you know how strongly we stress that you water your trees and shrubs. Let us know if we can help.

This month, our teams are busy putting the final touches to your Personalized Plant Health Care Proposal for 2013. As you may have noticed, we have a new system to help us better serve you, so your proposal will look a little different this year. You will soon receive it in the mail so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns once you have it.

As we start this New Year, we are always grateful for our continued partnership with you, our valued customer. Thank you for helping us grow our business. Green in 2013!

Thank you,

Ralph Bronk
Ralph Bronk and the MHT Team

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Dangerous times
for our trees

Colorado winters can be cold, snowy, icy, and windy…in other words, Colorado winters can be brutal. Unfortunately, the winter weather does not discriminate between people, animals or our precious trees and shrubs. Our trees are tough; they have to be to handle everything that Mother Nature throws at them.

On one end of the winter spectrum we have ice and heavy snow, and on the other end we have dry winters. Ice and heavy snow storms cause limb breakage and can create lasting structural problems, especially in large trees. Dry winter conditions (like the weather pattern we are experiencing this year) causes soils to become extremely dry, which kills plant roots. These roots have to be replaced in the spring time, which depletes the tree’s energy reserves.

Another common occurrence in Colorado is extreme temperature fluctuations in short periods of time. Even the sun can damage plants in the winter time. Young trees and thin-barked trees are susceptible to damage referred to as “sunscald”. This damage is a result of exposure to the intense sunlight on a small portion of the south and southwest side of the tree. The bark tissue heats up during the day and cells become active. When the sun sets and temperatures drop, the moisture inside the cells will freeze and break open the cell tissue. Once this tissue has been destroyed it can no longer conduct moisture from the roots or carry photosynthetic material to the roots. After a period of time, enough bark tissue is destroyed that it causes upper portions of the tree to die back.

There are ways to mitigate the damage caused by our Colorado winters. Proper pruning can repair storm damage, and even decrease the likelihood of storm damage. Deep root watering with the addition of soil conditioners can keep roots moist and protected. And wrapping trees with a protective paper or placing boards around the trunks will provide a layer of insulation to decrease the damage from sunscald.

Our Arborists are available to help you evaluate your property for potential problems. It is much cheaper and easier to keep trees healthy than it is to try and fix them after damage has occurred. Call us today to meet with one of our Arborists.

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Salt & ice-melt damage to your yards

As the freezing and thawing of snow over sidewalks occurs, please keep in mind ice melt can damage lawns and other sensitive plants. To prevent long term injury, sidewalks and driveways should be cleared and snow tossed back far enough so when it melts, it does not melt over the top of the concrete and then freeze again the next night. This will prevent reapplication of salt to the same areas over and over and put less salt filled runoff into the yard right off the concrete surfaces.

Keep in mind salt is toxic to plants when it dissolves in water because sodium ions replace the needed phosphorous and potassium in the soil, robbing them from your plants and shrubs. Rock salt absorbs the water that would normally be used by roots. Roots dehydrate and plants are stressed. Salt reduces the cold hardiness of plants, making them even more susceptible to frost damage. See tips here....

Here are a few tips to keep your plants safe and your sidewalks and driveways clear:

  • Don’t over-salt! Follow label directions precisely.
  • Avoid using rock salt in extreme cold. Salt is most effective at temperatures just below the freezing point.
  • De-icing agents with calcium-chloride, or calcium magnesium acetate, are salt-free and should be used in extreme cold.
  • Also, in extreme cold, sprinkle water lightly over the surface before you apply the ice melt for better results.
  • Erect barriers with plastic fencing, burlap or snow fencing to protect sensitive plants.
  • For plants that do get sprayed by salt, use a broom and lightly brush salt off of the plants. You may not see the damage to plants and trees by salt or ice melt until spring.
  • Shovel ice and snow as soon as possible, and try to keep sidewalks and paths clear to avoid re-applying.

Partnership with Mile High Million

One of our community partnerships is with Mile High Million, the initiative to plant one million trees by 2025. Currently, there are 250,000 trees planted. Mountain High planted over 170 trees in 2012. Have we planted a tree or trees for you since 2006? If so, you can register your tree(s) toward this goal.

Register your tree at:

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Mile High Million background: During the 2006 annual State of the City address, Mayor John Hickenlooper announced an ambitious tree planting program with the goal of adding one million new trees in metropolitan Denver by the year 2025. The initiative aims to engage and motivate individuals to become life-long stewards of our natural environment through planting and caring for trees. The end result will be a healthier and more extensive urban forest, creating more inviting places to live, work and play.

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Get to know us!

Meet Frank Podrasky

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Frank Podrasky. Frank has been with MHT since October of 1999, serving as a member of our maintenance team. As you can see from his photo, Frank really gets into his work! When he isn’t on the job, Frank likes to spend time with his family: his wife Danielle and his children Christina and Kyle. Frank enjoys a variety of activities like going to the park to hunt frogs with Kyle. His current favorite “me” time activity is rebuilding a 1975 Camaro; Kyle sometimes joins his Dad. We are certainly looking forward to seeing the two of them “cruising" the streets of Lakewood in the finished product. Stay tuned for those photos!

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Winter is one of the best times to prune young deciduous trees. Since the leaves have fallen, you can easily see the tree’s structure. Removing broken, dead, rubbing and diseased branches now will help to promote good branch structure and a healthy tree.

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