Our Specialties Include:
What is Fire Mitigation?+
Fire Mitigation, what is and why is it important? The definition according to the Colorado State Forest Service is- On ground treatments of properties implemented to reduce the chance of a wildfire causing damage. Headlines of the last few years have highlighted the danger of wildfires, and this page will give you more insight on how you can identify potential problems on your property.
Home Ignition Zone/ Defensible space+
Defensible space defines the outward area in 3 zones. Zone 1, 0-5ft, 5ft-30ft, and 30ft-100 ft (flat ground) from home or structure to have been treated or modified to reduce fuels. This can include thinning of trees/vegetation, and removal of ladder fuels, deadfall and standing dead, and clearing power lines.
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)+
Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)- The area where wildland and property developments overlap. New builds, thicker forest, tough terrain, and many other factors critically important when considering building or relocating in a WUI. The beauty of mother nature can have hidden dangers if you don’t have the right information.
Home hardening- Considering hot ambers can travel up to a mile ahead of the fire, home hardening can be critical in making the difference. Here are a few steps that help with home hardening-
• Roof is recommended to have class A fire rating.
• Remove debris from gutters, decks (underneath also), and roofs.
• Screen all eaves and foundation vents with metal mesh.
• Screen in stilt foundations, clear debris.
• Use tempered 2 pane glass for windows.
• Concrete siding or have a min of 6 inches of space from ground to siding.
• Replace combustible decking and fencing.
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Home ignition Zone Guide
As much as we love our trees some of them need to be removed for various reasons. In most instances, we can look at drought as the gateway issue that affects our trees. Plants and trees operate on a vascular system that transports water and nutrients, if there is a lack of transpirational pull due to heat and drought conditions, the plants and trees become weak and susceptible to bugs and damage.
With less than favorable conditions along with the front range we have seen an influx of bug infestations, and dead trees. It is recommended to keep an eye on your trees for sudden discoloration, borer holes, and various beetles. If you have any questions or concerns call us right away to help assess the situation, if not treated, the tree will die and the bugs will move to the next tree.
Hazard trees are exactly what they sound like and many times they have hidden in plain sight. It could be anything from a broken branch hanging over your home or driveway, or a full-size standing dead tree next to your home, neighbors’ home, and/or power lines! Let’s take care of that right away!
If you need clearing for a new build, expansion, or trail, we can take of that too!
Storm Damage/ Emergency Services/ Hanging Limbs
With the unique topography of the front range, we have the potential to so see gale force winds through seasonal changes, and/or random micro bursts’ that can come from nowhere. In addition to the occasional wind storm, we can get very heavy wet snows in the spring and fall which can cause significant problems. From 60ft pine trees on a house to smashed cars, we’ve seen it all and can help get you to get through it!
Tree Trimming/ Shaping/ Thinning
Trimming, shaping, and thinning of trees is not only aesthetically pleasing but will help maintain a truly healthy tree, in regards to trimming- timing is everything. When the tree doesn’t get proper attention a few things can happen:
Canopy overgrowth- This offsets the stress axiom making the tree more susceptible to wind and snow damage. Canopy overgrowth also cuts off light sources for inner vegetation and less breathing room.
Sucker growth- As the suckers and water sprouts grow, nutrients and water are diverted from major limbs to the sucker growth, hence eventually weakening or killing the large healthy limbs. Sucker growth will also cause limbs to rub against each other- sounds harmless right? The fact is- that the rubbing creates wounds on both branches, which will kill one or both branches in the end if not trimmed.
Most common culprits of infestation- sadly not an all-inclusive list.
IPS Beetle- Mature ips beetles enter trees and tunnel, producing a yellowish- or reddish-brown boring dust. The dust accumulates in bark crevices or around the base of the tree, and the affected parts of the tree discolor and die. The presence of woodpeckers, a common predator of the ips beetle, may indicate infestation. These symptoms are similar to mountain pine beetle, so be sure to properly identify the beetles you find associated with your tree.
Pine Beetle- The current bark beetle infestation in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States was first detected in 1996. It involved the Mountain pine beetle, which has since spread across millions of acres of dense forest land. In addition, Spruce beetle populations have also been growing in the area in recent years and are further contributing to the existing outbreak
Emerald Ash Borer- The emerald ash borer was discovered in Boulder, Colorado in September 2013. The emerald ash borer relies on ash trees (genus Fraxinus) to complete their life cycle. Adult female beetles lay eggs on the bark of ash trees, and the resulting larvae chew their way into the cambium (inner) layer of the tree bark. The larvae remain here until they emerge as adults.
Gypsy Moth- Studies have shown that gypsy moth larvae could feed on at least 500 species of plants including trees, shrubs, and vines. In the eastern United States, the gypsy moth prefers apple, speckled alder, basswood, gray and river birch, hawthorn, oak, poplar, and willow.
A popular option we offer is a stump grinding service (not included with tree removal). Stumps can often be used for outdoor table tops, however; to get the best aesthetics stump grinding is the way to go. In addition, if plans call for a new tree down the road, we can usually grind the stump deep enough for a new planting (depending on size).
A stump grinder ensures that your tree stump won’t re-sprout with suckering growth around its perimeter. This is often the best argument for stump grinding; leaving a stump in place can mean repeated sucker pruning, a garden chore that offers little satisfaction, as you’re never done.
If you have an old unsightly stump, give us a call for removal, you’d be surprised at the difference it makes once it’s gone!
There are many different trees to suit different needs and conditions. If you prefer a large shade tree, fruit tree, or dwarf variety, we can help with identifying the best species for each situation. Soils in Colorado tend to be a little heavier on alkaline due to the dry climate- a soil test can be ordered if you have had problems planting, or intend on planting.
We also have a clean un-treated chip for your garden or other projects, call for availability.
Deep root watering / Injections
In what situations would you need to deep root water, or tree spikes? Many of us don’t think about watering our trees in the winter time, we assume they don’t drink while dormant. It really depends on how much precipitation and temperature of the dormant season. If the temperature remains unseasonably high, dry, and the ground doesn’t freeze, transpiration will continue. Transpirational pull is when the tree sweats vapor from the leaves, it pulls more nutrients up from the ground. The top-soil contributes to the fungus, the fungus helps feed the roots, the roots grow better in nutrient rich, moist soil.
Besides the rising cost of propane and natural gas, when you buy firewood from us you are helping close the loop, and divert “green waste” from the landfill. We offer delivery of hardwood and softwood cords at competitive prices. Our firewood is seasoned, split at an average of 16”, less than 15% moisture content, and inspected before delivery.