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At Mountain High Tree, we enjoy building Community Partnerships and helping out when we can. We were proud to be a part of the Comcast Cares Day in May, 2011 and would like to thank Comcast for letting us contribute to and share in it.

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We would also like to thank the Washington Park community for your patience and cooperation in keeping our work site safe during pruning operations at Washington Park.

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Excessive rainfall and what that means for our landscapes?

Only in Colorado will a record period of drought be followed up by a period of rain not seen in decades. The month of May gave parts of the metro area more than four inches of rain. In fact, a few areas in Aurora and Littleton recorded nearly six inches of rain. That is almost half of the average rainfall for an entire year in just one month. The above normal temperatures we enjoyed during April dropped several degrees in May along with the extended periods of rain.

We can anticipate high levels of leaf fungi infecting a variety of tree and shrubs. The most likely hosts for leaf fungi include: Aspen, Cottonwood, Crabapples, Apples, Pears, Mahonia (Grapeholly), Lilac, Cranberry (Viburnum) Bush, Junipers, Hawthorn, Horsechestnut, and many turf grasses. Click here to see a list of disease issues »

The consequence of foliar fungal infections is frequently premature defoliation of trees and shrubs, as well as severe dieback in turf areas. We cannot do anything to change the weather conditions, but with proper pruning, appropriate irrigation and timely use of fungicides, we can maintain a healthy ecosystem that is capable of a quick recovery after fungal outbreaks take place.

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Kentucky Bluegrass Lawns

ASCOCHYTA LEAF BLIGHT is a common disease of Kentucky Bluegrass lawns in Colorado. The disease results in rapid development of large, straw-colored blighted areas of the lawn during late spring - early summer. Blighting is usually restricted to the leaves - bluegrass crowns and roots typically are not killed. Leaves infected with the fungus often exhibit a bleached tip that extends approximately a third to halfway down the leaf blade.

The disease occurs in late spring and summer and appears to be enhanced by soil moisture fluctuations, especially drought stress caused by watering restrictions and poor irrigation system coverage. However, the disease may also develop during periods of hot weather preceded by unusually wet soil conditions caused by excessive rain or over-irrigation.

Ascochyta can be managed by following good cultural practices that minimize stress in the lawn.

  • Reduce thatch and promote water penetration through the soil by yearly aeration. Maintain grass height between 2 ½ and 3 inches. Minimize wounding of the leaf blades by keeping mower blades sharp.
  • Avoid mowing during wet weather, especially when Ascochyta blight is active. Reduce mowing frequency and increase mowing height during Ascochyta outbreaks.
  • Maintain a balanced fertilization program.
  • Try to maintain uniform soil moisture.

Remember that Ascochyta blight is primarily a foliage and not a root or crown disease. Therefore individual bluegrass plants are usually not killed. Given enough time, usually several weeks depending on the weather, new leaves will emerge from the surviving roots. Be patient following a disease outbreak and maintain normal management practices.

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Wow! Didn’t May go fast? Our landscape and sprinkler crews were busy planting gardens, installing new sprinkler systems and working on several renovation projects. The project on the right is really starting to shape up as our crews add the finishing touches this week. The completed project photos will be in July’s newsletter, so be on the lookout. Our Landscape Division is about to begin some very special projects and we plan to show you photos as we progress from the design stage to the construction phase.

Are you are thinking of fixing that one eyesore in your yard, building a new deck or patio or adding a water feature? Are you tired of dragging that hose around? Let us install a high efficiency sprinkler system for you. Call us today for a complimentary consultation with one of our design team and let us help you make your landscape a place to relax and enjoy with friends and family.

Take a moment and visit our landscape section for more information on the services we provide and view some of the projects we have had the privilege to design and build.

Visit the landscaping page »

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Gino, Lawn Care Division Manager

Gino has been with us for over three years and was recently promoted to a manager in our Lawn Care Division. Gino has been in the industry for over ten years and is licensed with The Department of Agriculture & holds a Qualified Supervisor’s license. He’s a good husband to wife, Amy and a proud father of two children, Layla, 3½ and Louis 6 weeks old. In his spare time, he loves to play softball. We are glad to have Gino as part of our team.
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June 13, 2011
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Adjust your irrigation system as the weather conditions shift from the cooler, moist spring to the much hotter and drier summer. Additionally, ensure that you are not wasting water by making sure that water from your sprinklers is not running into the streets or gutters.


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You are a great company- I appreciate your commitment to a “green” envelope.
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You are the best I have had you for almost 40 years.
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My lawn is taking shape and greening up! Jackson sure enjoys the soft grass.

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