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Happy Labor Day!
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We have had a great summer - working on new landscape projects, pruning trees and helping our customers get their lawns green and healthy.

In fact, we had fun working with KOA and the Rockies this season. Maybe you heard us on the radio?
We helped the announcer, Jerry Schemmel get his yard back in shape so he could sit back, relax and spend time with his family. Our Design/Build team really enjoys working with clients to help transform their landscapes.

WIN TICKETS to the Colorado Home Show!
We will have a booth at the Home Show (Friday, Sept. 19th through Sunday, Sept. 21st till 5pm)

Email us at and you will be entered to win 2 tickets! Winner will be selected on Sept. 15th.
We also put up a $2 off coupon for the Home Show here » Hope to see you there!

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Ralph Bronk, owner
MHT Team

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Verticillium Wilt wood staining
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Unusual Diseases in an Unusual Season

The cooler temperatures and increased precipitation this season have been enjoyable from the standpoint of relaxing on the patio. Unfortunately, nothing good comes without a cost. In this case the cost of the cooler and wetter conditions has created a good environment for some destructive diseases.

One of these diseases, called Verticillium Wilt, is known to infect hundreds of herbaceous and woody plants including Maple, Ash, and Catalpa. The fungal structures that infect trees through their roots can be present and dormant in the soil for several years. Trees can have infections, but not exhibit symptoms. Diagnosis can be made through identification of streaking or staining in the wood tissue, but samples should be cultured to attain a definitive diagnosis. As the fungus grows in the vascular tissue it blocks the flow of resources, resulting in a wilted look to the foliage. Branches may die back very soon after the initial wilting. Symptoms of infection can occur throughout the growing season, but are most often seen in July and August.

Treatments for reducing Verticillium Wilt may include:

1) Proper fertilization with an emphasis on high potassium and moderate nitrogen.

2) Ensure good soil moisture. Studies have shown less infected root tissue when plants are not drought stressed. (Plants are affected by stress, just like people.)

3) Prune infected/symptomatic branches.

4) Soil fungicide applications are not overly effective, but studies have shown soil treatments produced a decrease in the activity of microsclerotia (dormant fungal structures of V. wilt).

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

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Rake up leaves regularly
to keep lawn healthy.
As we enter fall, many people back off on lawn care. The summer is over, the grass is not growing as fast, and we have longer and cooler nights. We are thinking about getting kids to school, and even breaking out the skiing equipment to ready it for the snows which are only a couple of short months away.

The problem is, fall is a key time for lawn heath; ignoring it puts your grass at risk not only for the winter months but also for the following spring.


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Craig LittleEach September and October we look forward to the fall color of our deciduous trees, but don’t be alarmed when the Spruce and Pine trees also begin to shed their older needle tissue. Fall needle cast is normal in all evergreens, although some species will show more pronounced needle drop than others.

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Some of our recent reviews:

These men were gentleman. They were polite & answered all my questions. Your company is trust worthy, the field crews are business like & very competent.

- Becky, Arvada

You did a great job! The trees look much better!
- Francine, Denver

The crew arrived immediately, started working & completed the work, clean up and left. I have always received excellent service.
- Marlon, Arvada

Liked the laminated sheet on my sprinkler system – terrific!
- Unknown

If other companies had such great crews like the one’s that trimmed my trees they couldn’t help but succeed. Mountain High is one of the few companies I would always recommend they are solid.

- Leslie, Denver

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Consider what Dr. Tony Koski, Turf Specialist at Colorado State University, say about watering lawns in the fall:

“Lawn watering is often stopped in early fall. Conventional thinking is that because ET (evapo-transpiration) rates are low and the turf isn‘t growing much, it is OK to stop watering. However, historic ET and rainfall data for most of Colorado shows a need of 0.5 to 0.75 inch of irrigation per week during September and October.

While mowing isn‘t needed as frequently during fall, the turf DOES continue to grow – but in ways that differ from spring and summer. Turfgrasses form tillers (side shoots) and rhizomes that increase the density of fall turf. This is an important time for turf to “heal” after a stressful summer, especially if it has been worn down by traffic or suffered from disease or insect problems.

Fall watering is essential for late season nitrogen applications to work most effectively. Fertilizer applied to dry turf is less likely to enhance fall rooting and increase energy storage. Be sure to water in fall fertilizer applications, often considered the most important application of the year.

Fall is the best time of year to control perennial broadleaf weeds – dandelion, clover, bindweed, plantain, and thistle, to name a few. Fall herbicide applications are more effective when applied to healthy, green, actively growing weeds. The herbicide is more easily absorbed and moved to weed roots resulting in better control."

Read more tips on keeping your lawn healthy here »

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Fall is a great time to plant new trees.
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Fall Planting

We are often asked: “when is the best time to plant?” The obvious answer is in the spring before it gets too hot. However, we can plant nearly all year as long as the ground is not frozen. With shorter days and cooler nights you may think the planting season is all but over, but the next couple of months are actually a great time to plant. With summer’s daunting heat just a memory, you will not have to take as many precautions when you plant in the fall. There is not the same risk of the plants drying out in the matter of a day if you miss a watering. Transporting and storing the plants is also not as big a concern with the cooler temps. You may not get the satisfaction of seeing your new plants grow and flower when you plant in the fall, but you can be certain that they will be well established by spring and will flourish when the weather warms up.

Trees and shrubs actually continue to grow throughout the winter; it just happens to be all below the ground. The root system continues to grow throughout the winter even when there is no leaf mass on the plants. This is why winter watering of your new plant material is essential for a healthy plant or tree in the spring.

As a general rule, trees and woody shrubs will tolerate being planted in the late fall or early spring much better than perennials and non-woody shrubs. This is because they have a larger root system and can store more water in the roots and cambium to get them through a dry winter. This does not mean that you can’t plant perennials in the fall; you just have to be diligent about getting water to the new plants once the sprinkler system has been shut off. A thick layer of mulch (typically 3”- 4”) will help keep the moisture in the soil and in the plants throughout the winter.

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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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Elisha Harwood

We are proud to introduce Elisha Harwood! She is the Administrative Assistant in our Irrigation department. Elisha was hired in March just in time to dive right in to the spring irrigation turn on season….busy, busy time. Elisha has 10 years of experience in our industry starting her “green” career at John Deere Landscaping in 2004. When the economy went bad; she decided to go back to school and get her degree. With a scholarship from The Colorado Garden Foundation (which runs the Spring & Fall Home shows), she earned her degree from Front Range Community College in Horticulture and Landscape Technology with a focus on Landscape Management. Elisha is a native of Colorado and loves working at Mountain High! We love having her here too, what a great asset. In her spare time she loves to get her hands dirty working in the yard and watching movies with her two kiddos, Genisee and William.
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