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Happy 4th of July weekend!

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This is the best holiday to enjoy time in your yard with family and friends. Heat up the grill, play catch with the kids, sit back, relax and breathe in the smells of your blooming flowers and freshly cut lawn. How peaceful!

With that being said, do you currently have your own outdoor space that fits your lifestyle? Our Design/Build team would appreciate the chance to help you with any projects that you are thinking about. We have time available this month to meet with you and help layout your ideal space. See some of our recently completed projects, click here. Give our office a call and we will take care of the rest.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Ralph Bronk
Ralph Bronk, owner
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Japanese Beetles
Treatments for Japanese beetles vary and include both “natural” and synthetic pesticide treatments. Japanese beetles are very difficult to control and their hosts include a huge variety of species.
 
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How weather affects plant health
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The higher than normal humidity from the past two months combined with the ample amount of spring growth has resulted in high insect and disease levels. Leaf spot diseases, powdery mildew, fireblight, and cytospora canker have shown up all over town. As the weather conditions turn hot and dry, these diseases and their impact on plant health will become increasingly evident.

Distorted and wilted leaf tissue is fairly easy to identify. Read more »

The explosion of insect activity in May and June has been evident in the populations of mites, aphids, leaf hoppers, various scales, and most recently, Japanese beetles. We anticipate a very heavy population of Japanese beetles this season. Read more »

Treatments for chronic pests like aphids, mites, and leaf hoppers are made through our IPM (Integrated Pest Management) visits. These visits include a property inspection of the ornamental trees and shrubs, as well as the appropriate treatments to reduce population levels. Let’s get your plant health care plan in place. Give us a call or contact us below:
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JULY 2014
$50 off Sprinkler Tune Up in June!

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from Craig Little
Craig LittleResist your urge to prune your Apple, Crabapple, and Pear trees until the trees have gone into dormancy.

The massive amount of fireblight disease in the environment can easily move into uninfected trees through fresh pruning wounds, and the disease is quickly spread through contaminated pruning tools.

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Happy 4th everyone!

Denver Tree Company EmployeeOur MHT family wanted to take this moment to congratulate Rachelle (who works in our Trim Dept.) and Brice on their recent engagement. We wish you guys a life filled with happiness, babies, money and love!

Refer a friend and get a $30 check!

 
 
 
 
 

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Necrotic Ring Spot (NRS)

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NRS is a Major Problem this summer.

Because of the very wet spring and a strong summer warm-up, the Front Range is seeing heavier than normal NRS this year.

Necrotic Ring Spot (NRS) is a fungus affecting Kentucky bluegrass and annual bluegrass in Colorado. Other diseases can be confused with necrotic ring spot; therefore, an accurate assessment by a trained diagnostician is crucial to identifying the pathogen to properly address management of the disease. Management of this disease is difficult and requires an integrated approach utilizing cultural, chemical, and varietal control measures.

In many cases, dandelions find the dead ring an easy place to get established, but they often appear weak or small when they do grow inside an NRS ring.

Read more about NRS and get tips on how to prevent it here »



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THE GREAT WEED BARRIER DEBATE:
Is landscape fabric really that beneficial?

When planning on planting an area around the house most of us think that some type of barrier to minimize the weed infestation is an absolute necessity. Professional weed barriers do provide a level of deterrent for weed populations; however, they do not eliminate the weed problem completely. Mulch on top of the fabric will eventually break down and create a layer of organic material that is perfect for weeds to grow in. Even using a rubber type mulch, dirt carried by the wind will eventually settle in and give the weeds someplace to populate. Truth is, those pesky little plants will find a way to grow nearly anywhere, regardless of the steps we take to minimize them.

A thick layer (3-4”) of good wood mulch will do as much for keeping the weeds down as landscape fabric will. The mulch is beneficial for the plant material because it helps to regulate soil temperature and retain moisture. There are mulch products that will mat together after they have been installed and have had a season to develop mycelia (very fine hair-like filaments) which help hold the material together. Nugget type wood products may look great when they go down, but will not provide the same characteristics that a ground natural wood product will.

When planning the plant material for your beds, remember that along with the trees and shrubs that will go in, perennials and ground cover will help crowd out the weeds as they fill in.

As professional landscapers, there are situations where we will use a landscape fabric in a bed area. Typically this is in areas that will have rock installed in the bed, or in commercial landscapes. One of our biggest issues with landscape fabric is that it creates a thin layer of moisture where the fabric touches the soil. This layer of moisture tends to promote root growth between the fabric and soil. When regular moisture is not available (hot summers and in the winter) it more likely that the plant may struggle in the long run due to the roots drying out so rapidly.

Weeds are going to grow in your beds, whether there is fabric or not. Pulling weeds or subscribing to a bed and border program is part of having a beautiful garden. Let us know if we can help.
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