What Is An Arborist?

In short, an arborist is someone who is highly trained and specialized to care for trees or otherwise known as arboriculture. They are often called “tree surgeons” because their role is to remove dead limbs or branches from trees and to also monitor their health to look for signs of disease. Aside from trimming and pruning trees, arborists are highly skilled maintaining and rehabilitating trees. 

A certified arborist is one who has given credentials by the International Society of Arboriculture, which is based on both tree care experience and a comprehensive exam.

Arborists also go by several other names more recognizable when you’re searching for tree service providers in the Denver area. You may see them referred to as “tree trimmer”, “tree surgeon”, tree care specialist”, “tree climber”, or “ground workman”. Whatever you may see them called, their role is vital to ensure the safety of people like you and I by trimming trees so they don’t interfere with power lines, busy roads, sidewalks, or your home.  

Tree removal in action near Arvada, CO!

What Types of Jobs do Arborists Perform?

Arborists are tree specialists with a specific set of skills in tree care. You would be surprised that the jobs they perform are more than just diagnosing trees and removing dead limbs. 

  • Prune tree limbs using chain saws, handsaws, pole saws/pruners, and or other various other tools.
  • Climb trees with ropes and harness to remove dying, diseased, dead or hazardous limbs from trees.
  • Cut, load, chip and transport tree limbs/logs with the aid of a chipper and hauler. 
  • Remove dead or diseased trees from properties.
  • Remove stumps using stump grinding machinery. 
  • Proper planting techniques and tree selection. 
  • Diagnose tree diseases and recommending a treatment plan. 
  • Provide pest control treatment.
  • Diagnose trees potential to become hazardous to surrounding properties. 
  • Respond to tree emergencies during storms when they become hazardous.

How to become an arborist?

If you’re interested in becoming an arborist, you must first have a passion for trees! While that seems obvious, people that go into the business have a love for nature and see the value in maintaining healthy trees.

Depending on the job you’re seeking (see below), you may or may not need a degree to become an arborist. Some employers require at least an associates degree in arboriculture so that you have some background knowledge in tree maintenance, specifically about soil fertility and plant pathology. Other helpful degrees are Bachelor’s programs in forestry to learn about botany and forest ecology.

If you’re considering starting your own business, there’s nothing better than gaining hands on experience. On the job training is from tree care companies is one of the best learning opportunities out there to gain knowledge of the industry and eventually start your own company. This will help you understand customer’s needs, identify trees, and understand how to do proper tree removal. 

Who do arborists work for?

Arborists often work for government municipalities or even power companies. Oftentimes, universities, golf courses, and parks will also hire tree specialists. Some arborists, like ourselves, will start their own business where they can privately serve residential and commercial property owners. 

Becoming an arborist is a physically demanding job to say the least. You also use heavy machinery that can be dangerous. 

Where Can I Learn More?

  • The Tree Care Industry Association offers a “Tree Care Academy” of professional education options. It also has a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP) program for tree care professionals.

If you’re interested in learning about other tree services (like tree trimming and stump removal) in Denver. You can contact one of our experts here!

We also provide tree services in Arvada too! Our specialty is tree removal, which we provide for communities in Denver, Arvada, Lakewood, and Wheat Ridge! Check out the link here to see all of off our tree services in Denver and the surrounding areas.

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Help Prepare Your Trees for Stormy Weather in Denver, CO

In Denver, we’re prone to strong storms that come through in the Summer months, bringing in hail and strong winds. The wintertime can also bring in storms that can damage trees with its icy rain and heavy snows. 

With those strong storms, they can cause a hefty amount of damage to your property in terms of costs and stress. It’s important to take steps to either prevent trees or tree limbs from falling on your home or know what to do when that happens. 

There are things that you can do to help protect your trees during storms. If your tree gets damaged during a storm, there are also specific things you can do to prevent further damage to your tree. Here are several tips below on both subjects. 

As always, it’s important that your trees are already strong and healthy, especially those oversized Cottonwoods. That way they are better equipped to “weather the storm” and stand-up to bad weather. 

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Prevent Trees From Storm Damage

Here are a few steps you take prior to stormy seasons to ensure your trees stand a chance against terrible weather events.

  • Make sure to trim and prune your tees. Cutting away dead or diseased branches helps not only protect your property, but your safety, as well. Cutting away dead twigs will also let additional air and light in through the canopy which makes your tree healthier. (You can read more about proper pruning techniques here.)
  • You can protect your tree against lightening strikes by installing a lightening protection system. These systems use conductive cables that run through the ground and absorb storm electricity.  Protection systems will keep trees from taking the burden of the lightening.
  • Regularly check your tree for signs of poor health that could lead to further damage during a storm. Look for peeling bark or cracks on the trunks. Leafless limbs, dead branches, and cavities in the trunk are also indications that your tree has fallen ill. A sick or dying tree could be an indication that it’s time to remove the tree so it doesn’t cause potential damage to your property. For more signs on if your tree is dying, check out this article
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Help For Storm Damaged Trees

Here are some suggestions to help your trees recover from storm damage.

  • Firstly, do not try to do it all yourself. If large limbs are broken or hanging, or if high or overhead chainsaw work is needed, it is a job for a professional arborist. Storm damaged trees can be dangerous.
  • Take safety precautions. Look up and look down. Be on the alert and stay away from downed utility lines and dangerous hanging branches that look like they are ready to fall.
  • Assess the damages. (Make sure to contact one of our tree service professionals in Denver too!) Evaluate your trees carefully by asking the following questions:
    • Other than the storm damage, is the tree basically healthy and vigorous?
    • Are major limbs or the leader (the main upward-trending branch on most trees) branch still remaining?
    • Is at least 50 percent of the tree’s crown (branches and leaves) still intact?
    • Are there remaining branches that can form a new branch structure?

If you answered “yes” to the majority of these questions, there is a good chance for complete recovery.

  • Broken branches or stubs that are still attached to the tree should be removed. Removing the jagged remains of broken limbs minimizes the risk of decay agents entering the wound. 
  • Proper pruning cuts should be used to avoid damaging the tree further.
  • Topping, the cutting of main branches back to stubs will not help avoid breakage in future storms. Instead “topping” will encourage the growth of many weakly-attached branches that are higher and are more likely to break during a storm. Also, topping will reduce the amount of foliage, on which the tree depends for the food and nourishment needed for re-growth. A topped tree that has already sustained major storm damage is more likely to die than repair itself.

As aways, if you need assistance assessing your tree to see if it needs to be removed prior to storm season, call one of our certified experts for advice! We offer several tree services right here in Denver including tree removal and tree trimming.

For other tree services, such as stump removal, we also serve our customers in Arvada too! Visit some of our other service areas too for tree removal needs in Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Aurora, and of course, Denver!

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Things To Consider Before Building A Tree House

Many dream of the day where owning a home and having a family will present them with the opportunity to build a tree house. Planning a tree house build provides a challenging and fun opportunity, adds aesthetic value to the home, brings the family together outdoors, and becomes the seeds for nostalgic childhood memories. Just try to name an activity more wholesome than building a tree house!

Yet, even though tree houses are intended to last for years (if not decades), very few people ever consider hiring a Denver tree service specialist for a professional inspection before building a tree house. Not only does this present a risk for the health of the tree itself, but also your family and friends!

So before you start that build, we can’t recommend enough hiring one of our tree care professionals to help guide you along your tree house building journey…

In this article, we will discuss a few factors to consider before starting your build, and provide you with some tips to help you with your due diligence. Remember, rule number one when building a tree hose is always safety first!


SELECTING TREE TRAITS

The size of the tree that you select will ultimately determine the potential size of your tree house build. Generally, it is is recommended to select a tree with a diameter that is no less than 12 feet, or 37 feet in circumference. This might seem rather large, but it is important to take into account the additional stress that will be placed on the tree from building materials (and of course, human beings).

Quick Tip: Measuring the diameter of a tree can be tricky. In this case, simply use a tape measure to measure the circumference of the tree, and divide that number by pi (3.14). For example, a tree with a circumference of 22 feet would have a diameter of about 7 feet (22 divided by 3.14).

While a tree’s age is secondary to its size in determining which tree to build on, it can still be a helpful deciding factor. In determining the age of the tree (see our article on How To Determine the Age of a Tree), your potential tree candidate should be young enough to not have been weakened by rot, disease, or insects; yet, old enough as to where the tree is not too weak to be able to support the tree house.

A tree should have deep roots that provide a solid foundation, sturdy branches, and should be inspected to be free of insects and fungus. Oak trees, for instance, are more susceptible to the anthracnose fungus which presents itself as dark lesions blotches on the tree bark. A Denver tree service professional will also help you to identify any holes burrowed into the wood, which may be a sign that termites or carpenter ants have a made a home in your tree.

The moral of the story here is that any kind of fungus, infection, or insect invasion may weaken the foundation of a tree, making it unfit and unsafe for a tree house build (See Article: Common Tree and Plant Diseases). An ounce of prevention may end up saving your time, money, and aggravation in the future!

    
WHAT SPECIES ARE BEST?

Your best bet here is stick with deciduous versus coniferous trees. As a quick reminder, deciduous trees are the ones that lose their leaves in the fall and winter seasons. The inherent nature of these trees is to grow at a steadier pace, making your tree house less vulnerable to shifting and breaking. At the same time, the wood that makes up deciduous trees is dense and sturdy, providing a solid anchor for bolting lightweight materials into your tree.

Generally, these are the best tree species for building a tree house:

  • Oak
  • Apple
  • Beech 
  • Maple
  • Ash
  • Hemlock
  • Cedar 
  • Cottonwood

Start with some of the tips above, and if you are in any doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our tree experts for a consult. Building a tree house should be a joyous and pleasant experience, which means that it never hurts to get some tree service professional advice before you dive right in. As we always like to say, “measure twice, build once”!

If you have any additional needs, reach out to one of our experts for advice on tree trimming, tree removal, or stump removal in the Denver area! We also serve many other locations and off tree services in Arvada, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, and Aurora!

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Benefits of Mulching Around Your Tree

Many tree care professionals In Denver will praise the benefits of using mulch around trees and for very good reason. Mulching around trees have several benefits. It reduces soil compaction, reduces weed growth, and conserves moisture; all of which is going to create long-term health benefits for your tree.  In the long run, it will also help save you money in expensive tree service costs.

What is Mulch?

Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. Mulching is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your trees. Mulch can reduce water loss from the soil, minimize weed competition, and improve soil structure. Mulch must be applied properly; if it is too deep or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause significant harm to trees and other landscape plants.

The benefits of proper mulching:

  • Helps maintain soil moisture. Evaporation is reduced, and the need for watering can be minimized.
  • Helps control weeds. A 2-4 inch layer of mulch will reduce the germination and growth of weeds.
  • Mulch serves as an insulating blanket, keeping soils warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  • Many types of mulch can improve soil aeration and drainage over time.

What Can I use As Mulch Should I Use?

There are several different types of mulch that’s available.but the two primary types of mulch are organic and inorganic. Inorganic mulches include: stone, lava rock, geotextile fabrics, rubber, and other materials. Inorganic mulches don’t decompose and don’t need to be replaced too often. The downside of using inorganic mulches, is that they don’t improve soil or provide much needed nutrients for the tree. For these reasons, most arborists use organic mulches.

Organic mulches include: leaves, pine needles, wood chips, hardwood or softwood bark, cocoa hulls, compost, and various other products derived from plants. Organic mulches are designed to decompose in the landscape. They break down at different rates that depend on the type of material used and also the climate plays an important role. Remember, that mulches that decompose/break down at a faster rate must be replenished more often. Although it can be an annoyance to need to replenish your mulch, it’s actually very beneficial for your tree because it improves the soil structure. That’s the main reason why most arborists will recommend organic mulch over inorganic and view the added maintenance as a positive aspect. 

Tips to Remember:

  • Apply mulch several inches from the base of the tree so the trunk and the root crown are exposed.
  • Organic, well aerated and preferably composted mulch is usually best due to their soil-enhancing properties. Avoid sour-smelling mulch.
  • Composted wood chips make good mulch, especially when they contain a blend of leaves, bark, and wood. Fresh wood chips may also be used around established trees and shrubs.
  • For well-drained sites, apply a 2-4 inch layer. Place mulch out to the tree’s drip line or beyond.

Remember NOT to:

  • Pile mulch too deep it can lead to excess moisture in the root zone causing root rot.
  • Pile mulch against the trunk or stems of plants it may lead to insect and disease problems.

As always, please reach out to us with any questions on how to properly mulch around your tree. We’re happy to help! From tree trimming to tree stump removal in Denver, one of our family tree service experts in Denver are ready to help you properly maintain your trees!

In addition to tree removal, we also offer several other types of tree services in Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Littleton and other surrounding areas!

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Stump Grinding 101

Let’s face it, tree stumps can be an unsightly eye-sore. Whether old or new stumps can be an annoyance and a hazard. Stumps can impede landscaping and new construction, create tripping hazards, and cause time to be wasted mowing and trimming around them. Not to mention that removing a stump yourself can be a pain!

STUMP DIAGNOSIS 

So what other issues can arise from living with tree stumps on your property? Let’s see if we can get to the root cause of the problem (pun intended!).

Typically when a tree is cut down, the roots will stop growing and die. However, in some cases trees may develop root sprouts. In this case, the only way to resolve the problem is to totally grind down or remove the stump. Even if the stump does not develop sprouts, it will eventually start to decay and become an attraction for bees, termites, and other insects. The stump may also present a risk for spreading diseases to healthy trees surrounding the area. Ultimately, stump grinding or stump removal allows for repair, replanting, and landscaping of the area.

For homeowners, this kind of preventative maintenance and hiring a tree care professional may help you to protect the value of your home in the long run (aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits).

Tree removal in Arvada, CO! In action.

STUMP GRINDING VS. REMOVAL

In most cases stump grinding is the simpler solution, except in cases in which it’s more practical to remove the stumps entirely. These situations may include: new construction, landscaping, the quantity of stumps, and location or size of the project. To effectively remove stumps, it’s important to first understand the mechanics of how a stump is locked into the soil. For example, trees can have many small diameter roots or a few large diameter roots.

A stump grinder or stump cutter is a power tool (or attachment) that removes tree stumps by means of a rotating cutting disk that chips away the wood. The stump is ground below the current surface level of the topsoil and can then be landscaped over. Typically stumps will be ground 6″-8″ below ground level. Stumps and roots are ground into chippings and mulch resulting in minimum disturbance with no root ball to dispose of.

By contrast, stump removal is a process of extraction which requires a tree service professional in Denver to dig, lift, and transport the stump from the site. Few companies have all the equipment necessary to do this, so make sure that when hiring a tree service company in Denver that you ask the right questions!

Stump grinding efforts in Denver, CO.

AFTER YOUR STUMP HAS BEEN REMOVED

Note that in some cases, you may experience some degree of “settling” or ground depression in the location where your stump was removed. This is a natural process that causes air and water to fill up small air pockets in the dirt mound over time. It the dirt does start to settle, you can simply level the ground with top soil or dirt.

QUALITY COMMITMENT

If in your stump removal research, you find yourself seeking the highest level of professionalism without compromising on quality, rest assured that Urban Forestry Tree Service has both the expertise to help you make the best choice and the equipment to handle your job, large or small. 

Our stump removal experts in Denver grind the stump and haul almost all of the mulch and debris, and if requested, will leave just enough mulch in the ground area to serve as filler for new topsoil. We are always careful to completely clean after a project is completed, but note that in some instances a small amount of shavings will remain and are soon absorbed by surrounding lawn and grounds.

If you have more questions about stump removal in Denver, tree removal or tree services in Denver, reach out to us! We also offer tree removal services in Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, and other surrounding areas!

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How To Determine the Age of a Tree

So you may have heard that you can count a tree’s age by counting the interior rings, but what if you want to determine the age of a tree that is still standing, and you’re not sure of the year that it was planted?

The good news is that determining the age of a tree is a simple process that doesn’t require tree felling, core boring, or other methods that might harm the tree. In this article, we break it down step-by-step. While there is a little bit of math involved, it’s nothing more complicated than some basic geometry…

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FIRST METHOD

To start, simply measure the circumference of the tree using a “soft” measuring tape (used for measuring fabric). Make sure to measure the breadth of the tree at chest height, or roughly 4.5 feet from the ground.

The next step will be to take your circumference, and to divide it by pi (3.14). From there, you can find the radius by dividing the diameter in half by 2. For example:

126 inch circumference

126 inches ÷ 3.14 (pi) = 40 inches (diameter)

40 inches (diameter) ÷ 2 = 20 inches (radius)

To make our measurement as precise as possible, we’ll now want to subtract the thickness of the bark from the radius. Depending on the the species of the tree, we’ll want to subtract anywhere between 0.25 in – 1.00 in. For quick reference, black oak trees will tend to have a thickness of around 1 inch, while birch trees will have a thinner bark of around 0.25 inches. If you’re just looking for a ballpark, your best bet is to use 0.5 inches as a nice happy medium!

20 inches (radius) – 0.5 inches = 19.5 inches (radius without the bark)

Going forward, it will be helpful to track down a similar tree of the same species that has been felled. For example, perhaps you’ve had a tree on your property that has fallen or has been cut down with the stump in tact. By measuring the radius and counting the number of rings, you’ll end up with the average ring width. For example:

Let’s say we come across a tree stump with a 30 inch radius and 120 rings…

30 inch radius ÷ 120 rings = 0.25 inches (average ring width)

NOTE: In this case, we are assuming that the average ring width will be the same for the tree that you are looking to measure. Since they are the same species of tree, and in the same geographical location, we can safely say that the two trees will have the same ring width.

Now that we have the radius (minus the thickness of the bark) and the average ring width, we have all the pertinent information that we need. Time to put it all together!

To estimate the age of the tree, divide the radius by the average ring width. Continuing along with our example:

19.5 inches (radius) ÷ 0.25 inches (average ring width)

= 78 YEARS OLD

ALTERNATIVE METHOD

Alternatively, if you don’t happen to have a stump on your property to compare with, you’ll be able to Google the average growth rate of the tree in question for most species. Keep in mind that growth rates may differ between forested versus urban areas so you may want to consider using two different growth rates, calculating the age of the tree, and then averaging them together.

In this example, you can divide the circumference of the tree by the average annual growth rate.

126 inches (circumference) ÷ 1.25 inches (annual growth rate) =

= 101 YEARS OLD

NOTE: The results of this method may differ first method, but not to worry – both methods of calculating a tree’s age are more like rough estimates than precise measurements.

And there you have it! In just a few basic steps using the methods above, you’ll be able to estimate the age of your trees using nothing more than some simple math and a measuring tape.

If you would like a more accurate evaluation of your tree’s age, you can reach out to one of our tree service specialists in Denver! We offer lots of tree care advice, even on the age and condition of your tree.

Interested in learning more about proper tree care? Visit one of our other articles below to learn more about tree maintenance, tree trimming, stump grinding and other tree services we offer in Denver and the surrounding area! We also offer tree removal in Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, and the Berkeley neighborhood!

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4 Benefits of Mature Trees on Your Property

Four Benefits of Using Mature Trees on Your Property


Tree care should be a top priority when it comes to reaping the rewards of all that trees have to offer.

If you’ve every made your way through a new development, you’ll notice that one of the finishing touches that are placed on the new property (retail or new housing developments) are several trees that the new owners hope will grow to maturity. There’s something about a tree-lined street that draws you in and adds that special neighborhood comfort. 

When a neighborhood lined with large trees, there’s definitely something appealing about it. Trees naturally add visual interest in any neighborhood or yard. They frame the space and draws your eyes in closer. In fact, studies show that neighborhoods with lots of trees create a more desirable place to live in. Not only do trees add visual appeal to a property, they also have several other benefits! (Just ask one of our expert tree service specialists in Denver about all the benefits! They are passionate about trees.)

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Higher Appraised Value
Mature trees on your property can raise the value of your home. A mature tree can add upwards of a $10,000 appraised value on your home. If your tree is well kept (investing in tree care is important) and is surrounded by beautiful landscape, it greatly increases the price of your home. (If you need to prune your mature tree to get it into a healthier condition, it’s advisable to reach out to one of our tree service professionals in Denver, Arvada, Wheat Ridge or Lakewood!)

Fruit trees actually don’t add value to your property. Fruit trees can be challenging to clean up and often draw in wild animals, so it’s often the homeowner’s personal preference. But overall, other types of trees increase your home’s value!

Keeps Noise Levels Down
If you’ve ever lived near a major highway or street, you know that noise pollution can be a real issue! Trees can function as sound barriers for neighborhoods that experience lots of noise from either traffic or nearby businesses. Trees can work to either absorb or deflect noise, or even work together to achieve both. Large leaf trees or evergreens are particularly better-equipped to trap noise. Also, taller trees make better noise barriers than shorter ones. 

Cleaner Air
If you live in Denver, you know that clean air is a big deal and the city is doing it’s best to minimize pollution. Air quality also impacts your health and that’s where trees can play a role to help offer cleaner air! Trees help remove CO2 and other gases from the air. Essentially, they trap the carbon dioxide and turn it back into oxygen. 

Because trees offer shade during the summer months and warmth during the winter, it lessons are reliability on fossil fuels, since we need to run the air conditioner and heat less. This reduces pollution that gets put back into the air. 

Save On Energy Costs
Planting trees in specific parts of your property could potentially save you hundreds of dollars per year in energy savings! Planting trees that have falling leaves (deciduous) on the west side of your home can provide shade during those Summer months. While in the Winter, after the trees have shed their leaves, it will provide more sunshine and heat for your home. 

Planting evergreen trees on the north side of your home can also block strong winds during those Colorado Winter months. They can help minimize the amount of wind that might move through your home.

Better for Stress
Studies show that trees help people who struggle with anxiety and stress. In fact, more and more mental health professionals and doctors are prescribing nature as a form of therapy for people coping with high levels of stress. Also, forest bathing, a practice where people immerse themselves in a forest has shown tremendous amounts of health benefits. 

Exposure to trees (like Denver’s majestic Cottonwoods) not only helps boost our immune systems, but it also improves mood, increases energy, and improves sleep. There are numerous studies that show that simply looking at trees reduces blood pressure and also stress-related hormones. The takeaway here is that not only are trees good for your pocketbook, but they are also great for your mental health!

For more information on how amazing trees are, you can visit one of our interesting articles below! If you need more advice on tree care, please contact one of our tree service specialists! We also provide other stump removal and tree removal in Arvada, Denver, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and other surrounding areas!

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Best Trees to Plant In Denver

Trees are a huge investment to make, so considering the right one for your region is a very important decision. You need to take into consideration the soil and especially the climate before just planting any tree. Be aware that oftentimes, many nurseries will provide tree options that might not even be suitable for your region. You’ll need to do your research before deciding on what tree to buy and plant for the Denver area. Colorado’s climate varies from North to South, East to West, so not every species is suitable for various parts of the state. It’s also important to keep in mind, that you’ll need to maintain any tree that you plant. Since it is a big investment, you’ll want to make sure that you consider yearly tree trimming maintenance in your tree care plan. (Of course, we have experts on staff for all of your Denver tree trimming needs.)

Before Buying Your Tree
There are many things to consider before purchasing a tree to plant. Trees can often outlive the homeowner, so keep in mind that the tree needs to be suitable for the future homeowner’s needs. Your decision can greatly influence generations to come! If you want to choose the right tree, reaching out to one of our Denver tree services pros (that serve the Denver market) for advice might just be a good starting point for you.

A couple of things to consider are the size of your property and if there’s enough space for your tree to grow to its full height. Keep in mind that this doesn’t just mean the space above, but also the space below. The root systems can often grow two – three times the height of the tree. Determine the growth rate of the tree and also the form of the tree. Will your tree’s branches look more like a column, will they spread or will they have a more pyramid shape? This will help you determine the right space for your tree.

You’ll also need to pay attention to how much sunlight your tree will need to get. Make sure that there’s no overcrowding with trees that are already in place in your yard or neighborhood. You don’t want your trees fighting for sunlight, nutrients, or water.

Trees You Should Avoid Planting In Denver
There are many species of trees that you avoid planting. These trees are highly susceptible to disease and infestation. The following lists of trees can also be invasive and spread out, causing damage to Denver’s precious ecosystem and native plants. 

Species not recommended are: non-native cottonwoods, siberian elms, willows, russian olive, silver maple, aspen, and austree. 


Trees to Plant in Denver:

  • English Oak
  • Bur Oak
  • Hackberry
  • American Elm
  • Littleleaf Linden
  • Sycamore
  • Norway Maple
  • Black Walnut
  • Gynko
  • Mayday Tree
  • Canyon Maple

Selecting the Right Tree

You want to make sure and select the highest quality tree when you’re out searching, that way you avoid issues in the future so that you don’t need to rely on a tree care specialists as often. Here are a few trips for purchasing a healthy tree:

  • Your tree should be free from insects
  • Choose a tree whose roots are not bound up
  • Pick a tree that does not have any obvious damage to trunk or roots
  • Most of the tree foliage should be concentrated at the top of the tree
  • The branches should be spread out evenly
  • Root system should be moist (not brittle or dry)
  • Container of tree should not contain circling roots
  • Bark should look healthy 
  • Tree should not contain discoloration or signs of fungus

Keeping Your New Tree Healthy

  • Maintain a consistent level of moisture by watering every 3-5 days
  • Use 10 gallons of water per inch of tree diameter
  • Apply mulch to help conserve moisture levels
  • Limit pruning to only when needed to make corrections (removing broken or torn branches)
  • Maintain a single dominant leader on your young tree and don’t allow the secondary branches to get ahead
  • Stake your tree to avoid it from shifting, after it was just planted
  • Seek advice from online resources related to tree care
  • Keeping your new tree healthy is important, so you can avoid a tree removal in the future!

As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact one of our tree service professionals in Denver or Arvada if you need additional advice! We also offer tree removal and stump removal in Denver, Arvada, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and other surrounding areas!

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Preventing Roots From Damaging Your Home/Business

When our customer called our tree service specialists in Denver a few years ago, he was frustrated to find that he had issues with his sewer lines that extended out from his house. When the plumber investigated the issue, he found that the large trees in front of his house were damaging the sewer lines. Their 100 year old tree’s roots had found their way into the sewer lines causing broken pipes and resulted in enormous unexpected expenses for the homeowner. 

No homeowner wants their tree to damage their property or surrounding properties, but unfortunately tree roots can cause a great deal of damage, especially trees that may have been planted too close to a home decades ago. 

Here’s a few things as a homeowner to be aware of when it comes to root damage to your property and what you can do about it. (As always, it’s important to contact a certified tree care specialist in Denver during this process!)

Be Aware of Trees in Your Yard and Types of Root Systems They Have
All trees have different root systems and they are very important to determine when it comes to potential property damage. Trees like oak, ash, douglas fir, poplar all have what are called “tap roots”. Taproots pose a problem because they extend not only deep, but vertically, as well. They can extend up to two to three times the height of the tree too. Other trees have more lateral roots and do not penetrate deep into the soil, but can cause an extensive amount of damage, as well. Trees like cottonwood or the weeping willow may not be deep-rooted, but they can be invasive and cause damage to foundations because their roots spread rapidly and extensively. 

Identifying the trees in your yard can help you determine what kind of potential damage your tree may cause! 

How Roots Damage Property
Roots that are more lateral can do a lot of damage to the foundation of a property. Because these roots are are invasive and tend to not extend too deep, they tend to damage foundations due to their shallow root systems. If there are already cracks in your foundation, the root systems can easily find their way into the cracks and can cause further damage. This can also happen in sidewalks, driveways, patios and even roads!

Trees that are more deeply rooted can damage your sewer lines, plumbing and even the foundation around your home. These trees root’s require and absorb a lot of water. If that water is constantly being pulled from underneath your foundation the changes in moisture levels can cause the foundation to become unsettled. 

These deep tree roots can also wreck havoc on your pluming/sewer lines. Trees are always looking for water sources and plumbing can be a perfect source for that. A small crack in your plumbing system can trigger roots to find a steady source of water. Clogged drains, less water flow, and changes in water pressure can be a sign that you potentially have a problem with roots finding their way into your plumbing. 

Ways to Prevent or Stop Root Damage to Your Property

  • Find out where your sewer lines are located. Call your local municipality!
  • Create a barrier between your tree and the sewer line through chemical means (copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide are common), metal, or wood. 
  • Install one of these barriers before you plant the tree.
  • Don’t plant trees near the sewer lines.
  • Call a plumber to assess any drainage issues and prevent further damage. 
  • Call a Denver tree trimming expert to cut away the portion of the tree causing damage.
  • Cut down the tree and remove the root system that’s causing damage.

Before decided what is the best way to stop root damage, it’s important to call one of our tree service professionals in Denver to assess the situation. We can easily determine what type of root system you have an also identify the best solution for you. We also can assist with tree removal in Denver, if there’s too much damage to the root system. (By the way, we also provide tree services in Arvada, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and other surrounding areas!)

For more information on tree care, please visit one of these other helpful articles on maintaining your trees:

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We also provide tree removal services in Arvada, Lakewood, and other surrounding areas!

Our customer’s father passed away suddenly and one of the gifts she received from her father-in-law was a tree to honor her late father. The gift of the young tree was so precious to her that she wanted to make sure it was well-planted in her backyard so that she could enjoy the tree for years to come and remember her father. She reached out to our tree care specialists in Denver, CO for guidance, as she was concerned that her tree be planted far enough from her house as not to cause future damage, that the tree received enough sunlight, and also that she was able to care for it to see it mature into a strong and healthy tree. 

If you’d like to plant your own tree, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your tree is properly planted so that it lives a long and healthy life!


Tools
When it comes to tools, there isn’t much you need other than a trusty shovel (for digging), a tape measure, a stake (to mark the location), some spray paint (for marking the location) and a garden hose (for watering)! 

Decide Where To Place Tree
The first thing you need to do is decide where exactly you want the tree to be placed. It’s important to stay at least fifteen feet away from any structures (like your home or neighbor’s house), sidewalks, driveways, other trees, and power lines. Once you’ve determined that you are clear from houses and other structures, you can mark exactly where you want to place the tree. Our tree service specialists in Denver recommendation is that you place a stake in the ground so that you can measure the diameter for the root ball. 

Next, take out your can of spray paint and mark a circle (using the stake as a guide). You will need the circle to be 2-3 times wider than the size of the root ball. An easy trick is to also use a piece of string or rope as a guide to make the perfect circle!

Prepping Your Tree for Planting
Now, you’ll need to prep the tree to get it ready to be planted. You’ll first need to loosen and remove some of the soil from the top of the root ball. Just scrape off enough soil so that you see some of the roots showing. Once you’ve done that, you can now measure the root ball itself so that you can properly determine the the depth that the hole should be. You’ll want to measure from the bottom of the root ball to the top. You’ll then start to dig a a hole as deep as the root ball!

Start Digging
Make sure and grab your tape measure to check the depth of the hole you’re digging along the way. When you’ve gone far enough down, level out the bottom of your hole so that it is flat. Now, fill the bottom of the hole with a light dusting of fertilizer so your tree has a good start with healthy nutrient dense soil.  

Place Your Tree In The Hole
Once you’ve filled the soil with fertilizer, it’s now time to drop your young tree into the hole. This should be done with the utmost of care, since the tree is in a very delicate state. You’ll want to position the tree correctly and make sure that it’s not leaning. Also, be sure to remove any burlap or twine that might be holding the root ball together. You can snip this away when the tree is placed appropriately in the hole. Loosen the roots, as well, as they often get tightly compacted!

Backfill Your Hole
Now you are ready to backfill the hole with soil! Before you start adding back in the soil, take some time to mix in fertilizer, so your tree has more nutrients in the soil surrounding it. Our tree service specialists advice that you start by adding the soil back into the hole and water thoroughly after all the has been added back in. 

Add Mulch Around Your Tree
As the final step, add mulch around the tree to keep the moisture, nutrients, and soil in place! Keep the mulch away from the tree trunk because it can often lead to rot. Make sure and water your tree each day to keep it moisturized!

If you need any assistance with planting your tree properly, it’s always a best practice to reach out to a tree service specialist to assist you. With their mastery in tree care, they can expertly give you guidance so that you can enjoy your trees for years to come!

By the way, we also provide tree services including stump removal to Denver’s surrounding communities like Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Berkeley, and Lakewood! Check out some additional areas that we cover.

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