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Mountain High entertains the West Chamber.
A really great group of business owners and members of The West Chamber joined us at our office last week to network and get to know each other. It’s all about building long lasting partnerships and supporting each other. Check the other photos on our Facebook page.

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Good News!
Water Restrictions have eased up for Denver and Aurora Residents. You can read about the news for Aurora, click here.

Lee Kral, our Lawn Manager has outlined the changes under our Lawn Section below. Let’s continue to do our part to keep our lawns healthy. We are here to answer any questions you have.

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Compensatory Leaf Drop
Why are many trees beginning to drop leaves?

The sudden onset of high daytime temperatures in the upper 90’s triggers a response in many of our trees. What you are seeing is the trees making every effort to remain as efficient as possible.

During the moderate spring weather conditions, trees produce as much leaf canopy as possible. The ultimate goal is to achieve maximum sugar production. As temperatures rise, the soil moisture dries up and resources become scarce. With resources becoming limited, trees have to focus their energy and resources on the most productive portions of the leaf canopy. In this process, known as Compensatory Leaf Drop, various leaves will stop replenishing chlorophyll. As the chlorophyll begins to break down, you will notice seemingly random leaves turning yellow, and subsequently falling to the ground as if it were fall in July.

Without knowing why the trees are suddenly dropping large amounts of leaves, a homeowner can understandably become very alarmed. The key to identifying normal compensatory leaf drop is seeing that the tree is maintaining all of the outer most portions of the leaf canopy. The outer leaf canopy captures the most sunlight and therefore is the largest producer of sugar. Interior leaves that are shaded by the outer canopy are less productive. When the interior leaf tissue begins to use more resources than it can replace, the tree must discard it to remain as efficient as possible.

This process is more obvious in species such as Crabapples, Apples, Cottonwoods, Black Locust, and Honey Locust. Occasionally, if temperatures break the 100 degree mark and drought conditions progress for long periods, we notice compensatory leaf drop in species such as Maple, Ash, and Oak. Feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable Arborists if you have questions about your landscape.

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Water Restrictions have eased!
Water Restrictions have eased in Denver and Aurora.

From Denver Water’s Website: Denver Water’s supply situation has greatly improved since Stage 2 drought restrictions were put in place April 1, thanks to an unexpectedly wet spring and customers’ reduced water use. As a result, the Denver Board of Water Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring a Stage 1 drought — which removes the two-day-per-week assigned watering schedule — effective June 26.

Denver Water Current Rules: Effective June 26th

Customers may water no more than three days a week. There are no assigned watering days, but customers must follow Denver Water’s annual watering rules. Follow these suggested watering times using a cycle and soak method.

In addition, customers must follow these annual watering rules:

  • Do not water lawns between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Do not waste water by allowing it to pool in gutters, streets and alleys.
  • Do not waste water by letting it spray on concrete and asphalt.
  • Repair leaking sprinkler systems within 10 days.
  • Do not water while it is raining or during high winds.

JULY 2013

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from Craig Little
Craig LittleReleasing beneficial insects such as Lady Bugs and Predatory Mites can help to reduce population explosions of damaging insects. Beneficial insects can be purchased online or at many local garden centers. Control will never be 100%, but beneficial insects can be an eco-friendly option for vegetable and herb gardens.
Japanese Beetles are making their first appearance for this year. Be sure to watch your plants for actively feeding adults. Let us know if you need to implement a Japanese Beetle Program for your landscape.

Want to talk about a plan for a new outdoor living space?

Give our Design/Build Team a call: 303.457.5857

Refer a friend and get a $30 check!

Customer Referrals:
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Thanks for helping us grow!

Recycled Mulch

While this will greatly help those within Denver water and their properties, we are still in a drought.

Tips for Homeowners: Homeowners don't need to have a green thumb to know how taxing a drought can be on their lawns. Though summer is a laid-back season for many people, those same high temperatures and sunny days can wreak havoc on a lawn during periods of drought.

In response to drought, many communities instituted water restrictions limiting how much water a homeowner can use to water his or her lawn. These restrictions are well-intentioned and necessary, but lawns still need to survive the summer heat. There are a few steps homeowners can take to help their lawn survive drought during a water restriction.

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Mow grass at least 2.5-3" high

Extend intervals between cuts.
Mowing the lawn is necessary, but whenever a lawn is mowed the grass is stressed. Since grass is already stressed during a drought, try to extend the periods between cuts as long as possible, but still keep in mind you never want to remove more than a third of the blade of grass at any one cutting, so do not let the lawn get too long. If a landscaping service tends to your lawn, negotiate with the foreman or another company representative so the maintenance crew knows not cut the lawn on its regular, non-drought schedule.

Help the lawn help itself.
A lawn can actually help shield itself somewhat from drought, especially if homeowners are on board. When mowing, raise the blade of the mower so the grass can adequately shade itself from the blistering summer sun. Raising the blade also allows the lawn to maintain more water, which will be lost to evaporation if the lawn is cut too short.

Cool season lawns, which include bluegrass, bent grass, fescues and rye grasses, grow best when temperatures are between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and struggle mightily when the weather is especially hot and dry.

Warm season lawns include Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass, Buffalo grass and Saint Augustine grass, and these species grow best when the temperatures rise into the 80s and mid-90s and tend to handle the heat better. While many of these are rare in the Front Range, some exist and need different care than cool season lawns. Buffalo Grass is extremely drought tolerant, but still needs some irrigation.

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Ascochyta damage Care

Insects tend to hit dry areas of lawns and spread from the point of establishment. Our Lawn Care Technicians are keeping an eye out for insect damage and will spot treat areas, but once insects are established it is a good idea to get a full lawn insect control application.

Finally, with the extra stress drought related fungi can easily get established. Ascochyta is the most notable and often follows mower tracks or areas of foot traffic. These areas need extra hand watering.

While we all know droughts are typically a lawn enthusiast's worst nightmare, a good lawn can still be maintained. Even with water restrictions being in place, employing a few simple strategies can help a lawn survive extended periods of high temperatures and dry conditions.

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Special Needs Students Receive the Gift of a Garden

Thanks to Tom Trench and the team at Mountain High Tree, Lawn & Landscape, the students at Fletcher Miller School will have a place to watch their plants flourish. The Lakewood public school serves special needs students ages 2 to 21. In 2012, a generous donation from a former Jeffco Schools employee allowed the school to build a greenhouse. The students have responded extremely well to this new tactile and unique environment…so well, in fact, that they have quickly outgrown the walls of the greenhouse and were in need of an outdoor space for their seedlings.

Amira Watters, from The West Chamber and Leadership Jefferson County, reached out to Tom Trench, Design Consultant for MHT. Tom kindly offered to design the challenging project. He attended a number of brainstorming sessions with the school and Leadership Jeffco team. His final design captures both the functionality and beauty that fits perfectly with the wide variety of student needs at Fletcher Miller School.

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Tom's designs have been slowly becoming reality as the summer progresses. Volunteers and local businesses from all across Jefferson County have been stepping in to lend a hand. It seems that people from all walks of life can relate to the joy and peacefulness that a garden can bring. Additional sponsors, materials, and volunteers are still needed to complete the first phase of the project. The staff at Fletcher Miller is looking forward to welcoming their students back this fall with the surprise of beautiful outdoor gardens!

The garden project includes:
a raised pumpkin patch with wheelchair accessible pathways, raised vegetable planters at varying heights, a sensory garden, and a memorial garden to honor the medically fragile students who are lost each year. Also incorporated into Tom's design are a number of wind, water, and visual art pieces to offer additional sensory experiences for the students.

Our thanks to Tom and Mountain High! To get involved, please visit the Fletcher Miller Garden website at

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Lisa Wadkins
Get to know us!
Meet Lisa Wadkins

We are pleased to introduce Lisa Wadkins, the Business Support Administrator for our Colorado Springs Branch. We are excited about the strong and versatile talent that Lisa brings to our team!

Born in California, Lisa has lived in the Denver area for most of her life. She and her family moved to Colorado Springs this past March (lucky for us!). She has been married to husband, Jim, for 21 years. They have 3 children: 2 boys (Aaron 27 and Dillon 20) and a daughter (Kassandra 19).

In her spare time she enjoys camping, playing bingo and spending time with my family. “In general, I lead a rather boring life” says Lisa. She has a great sense of humor too! Lisa also shared “I am thrilled to be working at Mountain High. Everyone here is great and has made me feel right at home”.

We feel pretty lucky to have you too Lisa! Welcome aboard!

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