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Celebrating 40 Years!Happy New Year!

We look forward to another year of helping you with your landscape care needs. Your 2014 Plant Health Care proposals, with our personalized recommendations for your property, will be mailed to you soon.

Let’s make 2014 a great year for everyone!  As we celebrate 40 years, we sure would like to hear from you on what your experience has been with us. Please take moment and write us a review, click below:
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Part 3: Nutrients and Trees

Hydrogen is a non-mineral nutrient that is essential to plants for various reasons. We will highlight two very important roles that hydrogen plays in the life of plants.

The first role of hydrogen is something we see every day, but rarely think about - cohesion. Everybody has seen the effect of cohesion - think of seeing a drop of water on the kitchen counter. The tendency of the water to form a drop is the result of the slightly positive oxygen atoms being attracted to the slightly negatively charged atoms of hydrogen. This cohesion is one of the two forces that move water from the soil all the way up to the leaves of plants. (The second force is the tension created in the plant cells as water exits the leaf tissue.)

The second role of hydrogen is soil pH, which is more commonly well-known than the transpiration-cohesion mechanism discussed above. The abbreviation pH actually means the power of hydrogen. The basic idea is that the more hydrogen ions you add to soil, the more acidic it will become. Soil pH is affected by many variables including the primary material, climate, soil structure, rainfall, and vegetation. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral; a pH of less than 7 is acidic; a pH greater than 7 is basic (alkaline).

Soil pH directly affects the availability of nutrients to plants by creating stronger or weaker ionic bonds. The chart below shows how the sliding scale of pH affects the various nutrients:



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Craig LittleDe-Icing Products

Homeowners often turn to de-icing products to keep their walkways and driveways clear.  Unfortunately these materials often end up in the turf or planting beds, and this will lead to unsightly salt damage in the spring.  Be careful and use only what you need in order to prevent unnecessary damage to your plants.

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Colorado Lawn Winter Watering Tips:

  • Water lawns and perennials during prolonged dry fall and winter periods to prevent root damage that affects the health of the entire plant.
  • Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees F.
  • South and West lawn exposures are at the highest risk for winter injury.

Dry air, low precipitation, little soil moisture, and fluctuating temperatures are all part of the climate of the Front Range of Colorado. This winter we are seeing a pattern similar to last year. We have had some snow, but it has been low in moisture content and the warm days are causing serious drought stress for plants. Trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns can be damaged if they do not receive supplemental water.

In addition to drought injury, lawns are experiencing an increase in lawn mite activity. Mites damage the yard by sucking moisture out of the roots and blades of grass. When you couple this moisture loss with the drought conditions we are having, it is a “perfect storm” for serious damage to turf and other plantings.

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Sensitivity to Drought Injury
Lawns are prone to winter damage. Newly established lawns (whether seed or sod) are especially susceptible to damage. Susceptibility increases for lawns with south or west exposures because of higher mite activity and quicker snow melt. In addition, the south and west exposures become drier because of sun exposure and warmth. These areas in particular need supplemental winter watering.

Watering Guidelines
Water only when air temperatures are above 40 degrees F. Apply water at mid-day so it will have time to soak in before possible freezing at night. Do not let a layer of ice persist on the lawn. If an ice coating develops, discontinue watering in that area until the blades of grass are fully exposed to the elements again.

Another major problem area for lawns comes from reflected heat. Lawn areas receiving reflected heat from buildings, walls and fences are more subject to damage. The low angle of winter sun makes this more likely in south or west exposures; however, east facing walls, fence lines and large windows can also cause scorching of grass and an increase in mite populations because of the warmth the reflected sunlight creates. Windy sites result in faster drying of sod and plants and require additional water. Lawns in warm exposures are prone to late winter mite damage. Water is the best treatment to prevent turf injury.

Monitor weather conditions and water during extended dry periods without snow cover – one to two times per month.


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Winter is a great time to start thinking about what changes you dream about for your outdoor spaces. Our Design/Build Team has the time to meet with you, talk about your projects and come up with a plan. This is the perfect time of year to get started so you can be ready to enjoy your space by summer. Let’s work together!
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Meet Jana Powell

Jana Powell joined the MHTS family in November 2013 as a member of our Customer Service team. She is very happy to return to the green industry, and says that it feels like “home”.

We asked Jana to share about herself: “I am a Colorado native - born and raised. I have an Associate’s degree in horticulture and landscape technologies from Front Range Community College, and have worked in various aspects of the green industry since 2002. I became a Colorado State Master Gardener in 2004, and have volunteered at the Jefferson County Plant Diagnostic Lab for two seasons. In my spare time, I love hiking with my best friend, Eli, a SWEET black lab/border collie mix. I also like gardening, camping, back-country skiing, snow-shoeing and hot springs. I enjoy working at Mountain High Tree, Lawn and Landscape, and love being part of a company that helps care for our Colorado trees and landscapes.”

We are sure lucky to have her! Please join us in welcoming Jana to the team!

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