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We are very proud to announce that Kevin Kelly, from our Colorado Springs location, came in 3rd Place at the SA-RMC Tree Climbing Championship on Saturday.

Congratulations to Kevin and the MHT Tree Climbing Team! Check out more photos on Facebook and our blog »

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Fall Needlecast
Fall Needlecast on Pine and Spruce trees

In October, we start receiving calls from our concerned customers about their Pine and Spruce trees "turning brown". This needle browning occurs every fall and is normal as long as the tissue that is changing color is the older needle tissue and not the current year's growth. "Fall Needlecast" in Spruce and Pine trees is analogous to the annual leaf drop of deciduous trees, just on a much longer schedule. As needles age and become less productive and efficient, it is necessary for the tree to shed this material before it requires more energy to maintain than it produces.

The timing of the needlecast is also important. Because weather and daylight are the dominant triggers, we expect the vast majority of trees to show their needle browning at about the same time. Damaged or stressed trees can begin to show needle browning early. Early needle browning and subsequent needle drop is something that deserves a little investigation into what else might be happening. Stress can come from sources like recent transplanting, insect damage, drought or soil compaction. If you have questions or concerns about what is happening to your trees, give us a call and we can help with the investigation.

Lee's Lawn Tips:
Fall Lawn Care and Watering:

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Rake up leaves regularly
to keep lawn healthy.
Mowing Your Lawn
It’s important to keep your grass 2 to 2.5 inches tall throughout the fall. If your grass gets much longer (more than 3 inches) it will mat, leading to winter lawn disease problems such as snow mold. If you cut it shorter than 2 inches, you’ll severely limit its ability to make and store food for growth in the spring.

Raking Leaves
Lawn raking in the fall removes excess organic debris, and can help maintain water quality. In winter, freezing and thawing can cause leaves, dead grass plants and other organic debris to mat and cause snow mold under snow packed areas.

Recycling Leaves

There are several environmentally friendly options when it comes to disposing of fallen leaves. The preferred way is to compost them, because composting keeps leaves out of streets and storm sewers. You can also use fallen leaves, whole or chipped by a power mower, as winter mulch around rose bushes and landscape plants. Whatever method you use, remember that the cleaner a lawn is going into the winter the quicker the recovery will be when spring hits.

Watering Your Lawn
Even though temperatures might be cooler than in summer, your lawn still needs water. Since lawn grasses continue to grow throughout the fall, watering is still important to sustain growth. Go ahead and water as needed, usually about 1 inch to 1.5 inches per week, until the ground is cold and beginning to freeze. If you have an automatic irrigation system, avoid damage by having it blown out with compressed air before water freezes in the pipes and sprinkler heads.

A quick note on winter watering: Even dormant grass needs some moisture. In addition, winter watering of exposed areas of the lawn, particularly south and west facing areas, can cut down on winter mite damage. For yards with a history of mite damage, Mountain High Tree does offer winter mite sprays, but even with chemical control, winter watering may be needed in dry areas. Keep in mind Mountain High Tree has sprinkler technicians for all your irrigation needs.

Fertilizing Your Lawn
Applying a final dose of fertilizer in October will set your lawn up for a quicker recovery. This winterizing fertilizer provides your grass with nutrients that will be absorbed and stored until needed for spring growth. Lawns that have received late-season fertilizing are often the first to begin growing in the spring. (Our Extended Release Fertilizer Program doesn’t require a late application, as it continues to feed the lawn up to the end of the growing season.) Click here to view all of our Lawn Fertilization Programs »

Broadleaf Weed Control

Fall is a good time to control perennial broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, plantain, clover and mallow. If your weeds are few and scattered, or confined to a few small areas, spot-treating them with herbicide is usually sufficient. Weed control products sold in ready-to-use spray containers make spot treatment easy. We make sure to complete treatments when temperatures are still warm enough to be effective. Herbicides are only effective when the weeds are still actively growing, so the application needs to be done before winter cold sets in. We offer weed control as part of our lawn service programs, learn more here»

Lawn Insects:
This year has been a good one for natural moisture. While this has kept landscapes looking greener than we have seen in years, it has also spurred extra insect activity. Billbug grubs and chinch bugs are actively damaging lawns in the Denver Metro area. If your yard has a splotchy appearance, especially if the damage started on the edges by concrete or other hot spots, a fall insect control application could very well prevent major problems in the spring.

An application of Revive from Mountain High Tree can help spur some growth and recovery, and is a good option for yards with any kind of stress.


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Craig LittlePrevent Damage to your Sprinkler System

1. Detach and drain your garden hoses.

2. Wrap the vacuum breaker and the two copper pipes attached to it (wrap all the way to the ground) with a blanket or a couple of towels.

3. Use tape to secure the towels or blanket at the base of the vacuum breaker.

4. Cover the entire wrapped vacuum breaker with a plastic bag and tie or tape the base so that it will not blow off.

5. Shut off the main water for the sprinkler system.

6. Drain whatever water you can from the system before forecasted cold nights.

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The best ever.
- Elaine from Littleton

Fast and attentive service.
- Tim & Lorie from Denver

Well done! Great clean up. Walk though after was super!

- Tom from Lakewood

We could not have been happier with the work. Highly recommend.
- Bill from Denver

Mtn. High does an excellent job – timely, experts, friendly. Great job all the way around.

- Peter from Greenwood Village

Great company to deal with. Would highly recommend to others.
- Don from Broomfield

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Drainage is important!
Drainage Issues

Drainage issues have always been a concern in Colorado, but it seems that it has become much more a topic of discussion as of late. With new home construction having contract clauses that will void the warranty if the grade around the house changes, to the abnormal amount of moisture we have gotten this year, people are more aware of possible drainage issues.

Downspouts are typically the number one source for water migration to the foundation. Downspouts that are allowed to dump at the foundation, or that have an extension that is a sufficient distance away but the grade slopes back to the house, are two main reasons for water accumulating at the foundation of the house and causing water damage. Another common problem that is far less obvious is downspouts plumbed into a pipe that leads underground. It is easy to think that the pipe goes an appropriate distance away from the house, is day lighted and is sized adequately for the water entering it.

Corrugated pipe has been used for years as a solution to running the downspout underground and away from the house. While this may seem like a good idea, the ribs in the pipe will collect debris and become partially or completely clogged over time. The sediment that accumulates may also attract roots, making it even worse. This type of pipe is soft enough that it is very easy to crush or deform the pipe during or after installation. If the pipe was used as a “french drain” and is plumbed into a rock bed under the soil, this is also an issue. The “french drain” will also fill with sediment and eventually become clogged, causing a backup at the downspout.

The best way to keep water away from the foundation of your house is by having the grade slope away from the house, and by making sure that the downspouts are dumping at least five feet out from the foundation. If possible, you want to make sure to minimize or eliminate irrigation within five feet of the house as well. If you are going to run the downspouts underground, use P.V.C. and have it daylight some distance away from the house. With a clean-out Tee installed and the pipe daylighting, P.V.C. makes cleaning your downspouts easy and effective.

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We are excited to offer Lawn care services to our Colorado Springs customers this coming spring 2015. Stay tuned for more info!

In the meantime, now's the time to get your winter tree pruning scheduled! Contact us today at 719.444.8800 or online below:
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Meet Steve!
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Steve Neal

We are pleased to introduce Steve Neal as our employee of the month for October. Steve is a Denver native, and graduated from Arvada High School. He then went on to Red Rocks Community College. He now resides in Edgewater with his girlfriend, one son and two daughters.

Steve has been in the tree business for eight years with the last four being at Mountain High Tree. He said that he appreciates working for Ralph and that Mountain High Tree is the best tree company in Colorado!

We feel very lucky to have such a great employee like Steve. Congratulations!
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