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June - What's in store for us this month?
The weather that we have been experiencing has affected us all in very different ways.  The gloomy weather has supplied much needed moisture, but it will have long reaching consequences for our landscapes.  

The following is very informative as to what we can expect, what you should be on the lookout for, and what you can do about it.

We would like to thank our trim customers for their patience throughout this latest bout of storm damage.  You are all to
be commended for your compassion for those that were hit hard by this storm. Mountain High has the best customers!

As always, our staff is here for you!  Please call us with any questions, concerns 
or to simply request a free estimate.
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Ralph Bronk, owner
& the MHT Team

The month of May brought cooler temperatures than Colorado landscapes are used to in spring.  Additionally, we received twice the average amount of moisture in the month of May, and humidity levels barely dropped below 60% all month.  These three factors of temperatures in the 50’s, excess moisture, and consistently high humidity have come together to create conditions that will promote several fungal and bacterial pathogens that will affect our landscapes all summer long.  It is important to be aware of these diseases, their symptoms, and their potential damage to our plants.

Some of the most common fungal and bacterial pathogens that may affect our trees:

Disease  Host(s) Symptoms
Powdery Mildew Lilacs, Cranberry bushes, Roses, Privets and turf. White thin covering on leaf surface. Yellowing leaves and early leaf drop.
Fungal Leaf spot
(various species)
Aspens, Cottonwoods,
Roses, Maples, Ash, Oak, and many others.
Round or oval spots are often brown and/or black with dark margins.
Bacterial Leaf spot
(various species)
Ash, Oak, Prunus species, fruits, veggies, Aspens and Cottonwoods. Round or oval spots often dark in color with yellow or orange margins.
Fireblight Crabapples, Apples, Pears, Hawthorns and Cotoneasters. Twig or branch dieback with characteristic hook on tips, bacterial oozing from infected twigs and discolored wood tissue.

These diseases often infect tissue in spring, but symptoms
do not manifest themselves until mid-summer.  Once infections have occurred it is important to clean up diseased leaf and twig tissue to help prevent further infections.  Some diseases can be prevented with fungicide/bactericide applications in the spring. 

From left to right:  

Powdery Mildew, Leaf spot, Fireblight, Freeze damaged leaves.
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Craig LittleThe snow and cold temperatures of Mother's Day weekend damaged several types of trees.  The newly emerging leaf tissue of many Locust, Ash, Redbud, and Maples was damaged by the rapid temperature drop.  It will take time and energy for these trees to produce new leaf tissue.  Be sure to appropriately fertilize your stressed trees to encourage them to reestablish their leaf canopy. 

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Free Revive with Lawn Program!Lee’s June Lawn Tips
The strange weather of the past two months has left lawns over the
entire Denver Metro Area with some rather unusual problems many
home owners have not seen before.

 talll fescue in lawn looks like crabgrassMany lawns are growing extremely fast because of the wet conditions. This also means some grasses are really standing out such as tall fescue,which is wider bladed and clumpier than many lawn grasses; this is not crabgrass. Crabgrass is just starting to emerge and is first seen as small triangular neon green shoots on the edges of the lawn where it is the warmest. 
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While the moisture is welcome, the warmth and dryness of February left many areas with mite damage on south and west sides and areas where the sun could reflect down onto the yard.  Dead areas that have not recovered are almost certainly from winter mites.  Yards struggled all winter long and the temperatures are lower than average so this has left yards with a few disease issues that do not normally crop up in the Denver Metro area.  In addition, lawn insects are thriving in the very moist soil conditions including grubs, cut worms and Japanese Beetles.  We have seen signs of very high populations this spring.  

If green areas are starting to brown out, it very well could be a fungus or insect issue.  If you suspect insect or disease issues in your lawn, please contact Mountain High.

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Is landscape fabric really that beneficial? 

landscape-fabricWhen 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. 

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Colorado Springs Tree and Lawn Company

The State of Our Trees The rains have slowed and the sun has come out!

Our office has been flooded over the past week with questions such as “what is wrong with my tree”?  Many Honey Locust, Ash and Elm trees seem like they will never leaf out.  Over the last year there have been several major events that have impacted the health of our trees. 

  • First, in May and June of last year, devastating hail storms hit many parts of Colorado Springs, stripping trees of their leaves. This caused trees to utilize their reserves to push out a second set of leaves. 
  • Second, on November 10th, after a warm October, temperatures plummeted to zero degrees and below.  Many trees were not hardened off or prepared for winter temperatures.  We have seen many Pines and evergreens with discolored foliage.  Plums, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Willows are seemingly dead.  Forsythias, Cotoneasters, Spireas, Euonymus, Privet, Boxwoods and other shrubs have died. 
  • Third, this has been a record breaking wet and cool May of 2015.  These cool temperatures coupled with frost and hail have slowed leaf expansion for many trees in Colorado Springs.  Our recommendations are to wait a few weeks and see how your trees leaf out.  Insects that are emerging may be more damaging to new leaves and already stressed trees. 
Mountain High can help you decide what pruning and insect controls you might need.   Call our Colorado Springs Office at 719-444-8800 if you have questions about your trees.

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BobbyBobby Savage - Certified Arborist

Check Bobby out at the climbing competition to be held in Colorado Springs on June 13th!

I am a Colorado native and I spent most of my youth skiing and camping with my dad.  I attended an outward bound program through my teenage years which is when I fell in love with the outdoors.  I have been snowboarding since I was 12 and started rock climbing 6 years ago, which is why I love to climb trees and why I love heights!

I have been at Mountain High Tree for 11 years starting in the Plant Health Care department and learning about pest control and diseases.  I now work in the tree trimming department as a foreman and have been here in this position for 6 years.  I decided to become a certified arborist two years ago to expand my knowledge. I have recently taken a part time position in our sales department to continue my growth within the company.   I love this industry and have been in it for so long because there is never a dull moment, I get to work outside, and there is always something to new to learn.

Customer Comments:

Beth from Denver ~ Fast response to storm damage!

Stu from Arvada ~ Noah is great, Mountain High is the best!

Peggy from Greenwood Village ~ Responsive, educated me on the best way to handle voles and fair on pricing.

Donna in Lakewood ~ Tree removal tech guys were skilled at the job.  Awesome!

Shirley in Lakewood ~ Their mannerisms and their wanting to please the customer.  Your crews are thorough, friendly and not pushy!

Sook from Denver ~ Office staff, Terry and Jason they all listened to my call and acted with concern.  Jason took time to explain about tree trunk injection (how and why) and he took each step carefully, well done.  Thank you!

Rav from Denver ~ Customer care is overall exceptional and I wish more businesses were.

Jean from Littleton ~ Shane is great, does a good job and carefully checks all sprinkler heads.

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