2010: A New Year, A New Decade.
Here we go! As always, we sincerely want to thank all of our clients and associates for helping us continue to grow and prosper. 2009 was a good year for us. We got a little leaner, and continued to stay busy. We have purchased new equipment and have recently hired two new employees. We are optimistic and looking forward to the coming year. I also want to take this opportunity to ask any of you owning a business to consider networking with us via our websites, or by presenting specials that can be offered to and benefit each other’s customers. In this economy, everything can help. Just send us an email or give us a call.
Our NEW Tree Winner:
To launch our new website, and engage you to sign up to our Tree Top Times e-newsletter, we ran a tree giveaway contest. We are drawing the winner of the contest this month, and will announce the lucky person next month. Stay tuned!
Proposals Coming Soon:
Later this month we will be sending out our Plant Health Care Recommendations to everyone who has had these services in the past. Included in our packet this year is an insect and disease control timing calendar that will assist you with potential problems: what insect and diseases to look for in your yard and optimal timing for control. If you are not a Plant Health Care customer and would like one of these calendars, let us know, and we will be happy to send you one to you.
Home and Garden Show
Looking for ideas or thinking about making some changes to your yard and outdoor living spaces? The Colorado Garden and Home Show will be at the Colorado Convention Center Feb 13th-21st. Visit us at our Garden Display, booth number 1469, and we will be happy to explore any tree, lawn or landscape ideas or questions.
and the MHT Team
Seasonal Topics by Craig Little
Winter is a great time to prune trees and shrubs. Without leaves, we are better able to see the branch structure and to take any necessary corrective measures to lessen storm damage and create a healthier and stronger tree.
The three main goals when pruning trees are: 1) remove dead material to reduce the hazard of falling debris to objects on the ground, 2) improve branch structure to increase the structural integrity of the tree, and 3) improve the growth and vigor of the tree. Pruning operations conducted in the winter offer a unique opportunity to view the tree’s structure without the obstruction of leaf cover. Improving the branch structure of a tree will help to significantly reduce the likelihood of damage due to storms and wind. Additionally, as trees age the increased weight load on branches creates natural weak points. The removal of a portion of the weight on these branches will alleviate the stress at weak points and further reduce the likelihood of limb breakage.
Various storms in the past ten years have left many trees permanently disfigured. A little attention prior to the storm events could have not only prevented damage to the trees, but also reduced the impact of storm damage on budgets. Cleanup after storms is often costly and presents many hanging limbs and the hazardous situations due to downed power lines. Winter pruning operations have wide ranging benefits. Please contact your Arborist if you have concerns about your trees today.
Walnut Twig Beetle / Thousand Canker Disease
The Front Range is under attack from the Walnut Twig Beetle and the disease the beetle carries. Walnut trees from Boulder to Parker are being attacked and infected.
During the last four years Colorado has witnessed the demise of a large percentage of our Black Walnut trees. The combination of the very aggressive 1000 Canker Disease and the Walnut Twig Beetle has resulted in the current decline in the Walnut tree population. Trees that are attacked show rapid decline and often die in a matter of weeks or months.
The beetle carries the spores of the fungus on its back and infects the tree's vascular tissue as it bores inside. Walnut Twig Beetles are extremely small and difficult to find, but their damage is easily evident in the crown of the established trees.
Control measures are continuing to be developed. Currently we are recommending a soil injected insecticide each season, as well as two applications to the trunk and crown in order to provide a barrier of protection as beetles try to invade.
This beetle and the disease it vectors have the potential to kill each and every Walnut tree along the Front Range. It is extremely important to do everything we can to save our trees. A control program must be implemented prior to an attack in order to have any chance for success. Treatments after the insect and disease are present have not been shown to be very effective.
Due to the recent snow cover we wanted to once again mention Voles as an issue for turf areas. Voles are mouse-like rodents that feed on low branches, roots, and grasses.
A vole resembles a mouse but has a stouter body, a shorter hairy tail, a slightly rounder head, smaller ears and eyes, and differently formed molars (high-crowned and with angular cusps instead of low-crowned and with rounded cusps). There are approximately 155 species of voles. They are sometimes known as meadow mice or field mice in North America.
They can have 5-10 litters per year. Gestation takes 3 weeks and the young voles reach sexual maturity in a month. Needless to say, vole populations can grow rapidly with litters averaging 5-10 young, one or two voles in the yard can become 50 to 100 or more in less than a year.
Voles love to eat succulent root systems and will burrow under plants or ground cover they are particularly fond of and eat away until the plant is dead. Bulbs in the ground are another favorite target for voles; their excellent burrowing and tunneling gives them access to sensitive areas without clear or early warning. A vole problem is often only identifiable after they have destroyed a number of plants.
January 7, 2010
|MHT ~ SEASONAL TOPICS
from Craig Little
Tip of the Month:
De- icing salts can harm plants. If you use de-icing salts on your walks, keep them away from turf areas, bedding plants, and anywhere there may be tree roots. These salts build up and can do permanent plant damage. They can also burn your pet's paws.
Your work crews are always very nice and very professional. Gail & Alvina, Lakewood Customer since 2007
Great service over many years. Calvin, Denver
Customer since 2006
Dedicated to doing a thorough and complete job.
Customer since 2001
Dependable, prompt, no hassle. Judy, Thornton
Customer since 2006
Professional, your company did a first rate job.
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