• Plant Classification of Trees and Shrubs
    Genus. Species. Hybrid names. Cultivars. The following article on plant classification is for the more scientifically-minded and botanically-inclined who may desire to dive a bit deeper than our usual posts on the topics of landscaping, pruning, or transplanting. This time around, we’re sharing this resource with you directly from The Complete Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs – a fantastic and thorough reference guide that contains in-depth descriptions of cultivation requirements forContinue reading “Articles”
  • Preparing Your Soil for Tree Planting
    The following are instructions on how to properly prepare your soil for tree planting taken from The Biodynamic Orchard Book – a wonderful resource for planting fruit trees, berries and shrub! Read on and enjoy… The treatment of fruit trees, berries and shrubs should be undertaken with the aim of producing healthy plants and fruits, while avoiding the use of poisoning sprays. To make it possible to product the desired results without insecticidesContinue reading “Articles”
  • Landscaping With The Quaking Aspen
    One of my favorite books explains how you can take common native trees and incorporate them into your landscaping called “Landscaping with Native Trees”. Not only do natural/native trees create visual interest, but it also makes it feel as if they perfectly belong in the environment. This book details out a list of native trees that you can add to your property that will also be disease and pest resistant! DescriptionContinue reading “Articles”
  • 5 Popular Composting Myths
    Composting is good for the planet. It helps to divert waste away from our landfills and in return, it helps contribute to fewer greenhouse gases. If you’ve ever wanted to start composting, here’s a great article from “Garden Myths” by Robert Pavlis that shows you how to properly start composting. Myth #1: Compost Needs the Sun to Warm Up The myth contains some level of truth. Most o f the heatContinue reading “Articles”
  • Native Denver Trees: Cottonwood
    Two species of cottonwood trees, the narrowleaf cottonwood and plains cottonwood, are not only abundant throughout Denver, but also a sight to behold. These majestic trees can tower as high as 60 feet high, and the female trees are well-know for releasing their cottony “snow” in the springtime (which also happens to be a source of great annoyance for many allergy sufferers)! The following profile of the cottonwood tree from LandscapingContinue reading “Articles”
  • How Trees Reproduce: With Help From Their Friends
    Have you ever wondered how trees reproduce and make baby trees? Trees actually reproduce through cultivation and sexually by using an exchange of pollen between the female and male reproductive systems. Trees are considered asexual, however, a single tree can have both female and male flowers. They also rely on evolutions and adaptations to prevent self-pollination. These type of adaptations could include the shape, color, or even smell of its flower.Continue reading “Articles”
  • Tips for Successfully Transplanting Trees and Shrubs
    If you’ve ever wondered how to properly maintain the health of transplanted trees or shrubs, we’ve got your covered with this fantastic and informative passage from Growing Trees from Seed. As you might imagine, there are a number of variables that can cause stress to a tree and render a transplant procedure unsuccessful. These include but are not limited to: overwatering, extreme temperatures, mineral status, the species of tree, chlorosis, plantContinue reading “Articles”
  • 10 Fascinating Facts About Trees
    Trees are fascinating living organisms. As the oldest living beings on our planet, they continue to create so many benefits for humans and the other species on our planet. Here is just a short list of interesting facts about trees.  Trees are one of the oldest species on this planet. Scientists believe that trees are over 400 million years old. It’s believed that frees first developed from fungi that could growContinue reading “Articles”
  • Termite Warning Signs
    Termites can cause an incredible amount of damage to your home. It’s important to notice the warning signs and eliminate termites before they become an infestation on your property. What is a termite?Termites are small insects that feed on wood and often make their way into our home. They are very small creatures who only grow to a half an inch. They often get confused with ants because they look soContinue reading “Articles”
  • How Do Trees Conserve Soil?
    All civilization depends on trees for our survival. Humans are dependent upon trees, not only for cleaning our air but also because they support our precious ecosystem. Our ecosystems rely on trees to help reduce soil erosion, prevent flooding and droughts. These all have a downstream effect when it comes to also improving the lives of humans who rely on soil to grow food and healthy water to drink.  Check outContinue reading “Articles”
  • Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Trees
    You probably already know that trees are a vital part of the survival of every living species on this planet. Without trees, none of us would be here. With the assistance of trees, we can reverse climate change, since they act as our natural filtration system for our planet. They are an important part in keeping our air clean and breathable.  Trees also add natural beauty to our landscape. Humans haveContinue reading “Articles”
  • Why Trees are Important to Wildlife
    Here at Urban Forestry, we’re big fans of critters! We actually take great pride in making sure that all critters are protected when we go to remove or trim trees as part of our service.  We keep in mind that these are habitats and sanctuaries for animals including (but not limited to) birds, squirrels, snakes, opossums, bats and many other small organisms. These animals spend a lot of time sleeping, nesting,Continue reading “Articles”
  • Our Favorite Parks and Hiking Trails near Denver
    Denver is a unique city almost smack dab in the middle of the U.S. that is surrounded by nature. In fact, in most areas in Denver you can peak outside and see the mountains off in the distance. It’s one of the most scenic and beautiful places to live and visit. Most people that choose to live in Denver come here for the vast opportunities to spend time outdoors throughout the year. Continue reading “Articles”
  • How Much Does Tree Care Cost?
    Tree Trimming Tree trimming costs can vary depending on several different reasons. Hiring a professional to trim your tree can range anywhere from $100 – $1,000+ with $300 being the average price for most straight forward services. The size of the tree is the biggest determining factor when it comes to the cost. Smaller trees cost on average $100 and larger trees can be in the higher price range of upwardsContinue reading “Articles”
  • Safely Felling a Tree
    When hiring a certified arborist, remember that safety is always the first priority! Felling trees is risky business, and performing a tree limbing or removal job without respecting safety protocols can presents serious liabilities to you, your family, and your home. As outlined in our article, What Is An Arborist?, arborists are highly trained and receive their credentials from the International Society of Arboriculture. “Tree surgeons” as they are also referredContinue reading “Articles”
  • Caring For Your Black Walnut Tree
    The black walnut is a stately native of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, with a huge crown and dark, ridged bark. Its nuts have been used for their oil and protein by indigenous people for at least 4,000 years, and its timber – durable and chocolate-brown – has for centuries been over-exploited for veneers and furniture. Two-thirds of the annual black walnut harvest in the United States comesContinue reading “Articles”
  • A Closer Look: Quaking Aspen
    Any comprehensive survey of the Colorado’s treescape would not be complete without a solid mention of the quaking aspen. In fact, the quaking aspen is so bountiful in Colorado that it covers an area that spans 5 million acres of land – that’s 20 percent of the forested area throughout the state! This deciduous tree can be found at elevations of ranging from 6,500 to 11,500 feet, particularly west of theContinue reading “Articles”
  • Caring For Your Trees In Winter
    As we write this article, it is officially the eve of winter. So what better way to honor the change of season than to discuss proper maintenance for caring for your trees in sub-freezing conditions! Remember, as your trees are not protected from the elements in the cold harsh winter, they remain especially vulnerable. This especially applies to smaller trees that are lacking deep root systems. In this article we discussContinue reading “Articles”
  • Recycling Your Christmas Tree in Denver
    That bittersweet time arrives every year, where we’re done decking the halls and roasting chestnuts over an open fire. That’s right – Christmas must inevitably come to an end as we turn a corner towards the new year. And along with this season of change, as we start packing up decorations and lights from the home, we must make the decision about how to dispose of our live Christmas tree (forContinue reading “Articles”
  • Best Practices for Watering Trees and Shrubs
    Proper watering practices should not be dismissed when considering the health of your trees and shrubs. After all, water is the elixir of life! Here we explore the best means by which to water and soak your trees, while also considering methods for determining just how long you should water them for. So next time you start watering, consider these tips and tricks from The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub HandbookContinue reading “Articles”
  • Why You Should “Limb Up” Your Trees
    “Limbing up” – also known as “raising the crown” – can help to form a handsome woodland scene, adding depth, diversity, and a unique sense of place to the home landscape. Limbing up can add aesthetic value to the home by selectively carving out spaces for people, plants, and architecture. Read on to learn more from the following passage in The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook… Imagine a young 10-foot-tallContinue reading “Articles”
  • Adding Fruiting Trees and Shrubs to Your Landscape
    In addition to flowers and awesome autumn hues, shrubs and trees can produce showy fruit that magnifies your garden’s charm. Technically, fruiting is the part o fa plant’s reproductive process that occurs after flowering. Fruit comes from the female part of a seed-bearing plant. It holds the fertilized seed or seeds of that plant’s next generation. Some plants have showy fruits to attract wild-life that eat the fruit and disperse itsContinue reading “Articles”
  • How Flowering Trees Can Improve Your Landscape
    In this article, you will find information about how flowering trees can add a unique contrast to your landscaping. This information is a continuation of our article about how you can use tree textures to add interest to your landscape, and is directly sourced from The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook.  Who can resist a southern magnolia blossom’s lemony sweet fragrance and outrageous beauty? Not I! They have baby smooth petalsContinue reading “Articles”
  • Use Tree Textures to Add Beauty to Your Landscape
    Landscaping isn’t only about size or colors of your plants, it’s also important to consider unexpected textures on the bark and leaves of your tree. In this article, you will find information on how to add beauty to your landscape by paying attention to textures on your tree. This information is sourced from The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook.  The Beauty of Bark I’m a sucker for bark. I go wobblyContinue reading “Articles”
  • Common Insect Pests
    In this article, you will find practical methods for identifying, preventing, and treating the following: Aphid, Gall, Lacebug, Leaf Miner, Scale, Spider Mite, Tent Caterpillar, and Wood Borer. This information is a continuation of our article on Common Tree and Plant Diseases, and is directly sourced from The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook. The second section of the article describes practical earth-friendly strategies to manage insects, while keeping your trees and shrubsContinue reading “Articles”
  • Common Tree and Plant Diseases
    Your ultimate guide to common tree and plant disease comes to you from The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook. In this article, you will find practical methods for identifying, preventing, and treating the following: Canker, Leaf Spot, Mildews, Root Rot, Sooty Mold, and Verticillium Wilt. Knowing the causes for these various diseases can help you prevent tree and plant disease in the future. After all, an ounce of prevention isContinue reading “Articles”
  • Tough Decisions About Saving or Eliminating a Tree
    Because your landscape is alive, it constantly changes and grows. You may make an aesthetic decision about saving or eliminating a tree a number of years after you’ve planted them. But sometimes practicality dictates your decision. For example, bit old trees towering over small houses often add charm and character to a landscape. The tree, however, may need branches pruned or cabled to keep them from falling on the house inContinue reading “Articles”
  • When Storms Come Your Way
    Snow and Ice Snow and ice can look magical on trees, but they can also destroy then. The weight of snow can crush evergreens by breaking them apart. It can also weigh down deciduous tree limbs until they also break. Sometimes it weighs so heavily on a treetop that it can lift the root mass right out of the soil. Ice-coated trunks and branches bend low and sometimes snap. You canContinue reading “Articles”
  • Choosing the Right Fertilizer
    Fertilizer is NOT plant food. Trees, like all green plants, make their own food. Fertilizers contain elements essential for tree growth that may be missing from depleted soils. For the first year after planting, trees and shrubs need no additional fertilizers, and those treated can probably fend for themselves. Likewise, mature established trees need no extra nutrients when grown in healthy undisturbed soil. Most gardens, however, contain trees and shrubs plantedContinue reading “Articles”
  • Big Pests That Can Damage Your Trees
    Where we live in Denver, CO, there’s a lot of wildlife. You might see deer, birds, squirrels and maybe even wild turkeys strolling down roads. Unfortunately, sometimes their presence can also cause problems for your trees and landscaping.  Here’s a few interesting tips and tricks from The Essential Guide to Choosing, Planting and Maintaining Perfect Landscape Plants or The Homeowner’s Handbook.  Related Post: Common Insect Pests Deer Antlers on deer startContinue reading “Articles”
  • When and How to Stake a Tree
    In this article, we introduce another fantastic passage from The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook. This time we take a look at the proper procedures for sound tree staking, and explore the unique circumstances behind when and why you should and shouldn’t stake a tree. The takeaway version of the story is that staking should only be performed under specific circumstances and for limited durations of time. To borrow aContinue reading “Articles”
  • How Construction Work Can Damage Your Tree
    If you’re recently purchased a piece of property with large mature trees on it, you might want to preserve the existing trees instead of planting new ones. As you may have learned from other posts, having mature trees on your property can greatly increase the value of your home. There are several things to be aware of when building your new home in hopes of preserving the surrounding trees and makingContinue reading “Articles”
  • Making a Landscape Plan
    In skimming through the book, The Homeowner’s Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook, we stumbled upon this concise explanation of how to properly create a landscaping plan for the home, and we just had to share it with our readers. Clearly, landscaping doesn’t have to be a chore or a headache, especially with the right planning. The following passage takes you step by step. Enjoy! “A garden plan shows you the upsContinue reading “Articles”
  • 5 Ways Trees Benefit Humans
    Trees play a very important role in our environment. As the largest plants on the planet, they serve a vital role in keeping our planet healthy. Not only do they give us oxygen, store carbon, and stabilize; they also provide sanctuaries for our planet’s wildlife. In addition, humans need trees to provide us with materials that give us shelter against the elements.  As you can see, trees are essential for theContinue reading “Articles”
  • Why Do Trees Drop Their Leaves In The Fall?
    There’s nothing more beautiful than driving through Colorado to see the leaves start to change in the early Fall. For a short window of time you’ll see colors on deciduous trees quickly change from green to gold and red; right before the trees shed their leaves and the temperatures start to dip. While admiring the changing leaf colors, have you ever wondered why the colors change at a specific time ofContinue reading “Articles”
  • 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 whoContinue reading “Articles”
  • 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 limbsContinue reading “Articles”
  • 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 treeContinue reading “Articles”
  • Benefits of Mulching Around Your Tree
    Many tree care professionals 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.   What is Mulch? Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. Mulching is one of theContinue reading “Articles”
  • 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’sContinue reading “Articles”
  • 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 mightContinue reading “Articles”
  • 4 Benefits of Mature Trees on Your Property
    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.Continue reading “Articles”
  • 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 plantContinue reading “Articles”
  • Preventing Roots From Damaging Your Home/Business
    When our customer called us 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 enormousContinue reading “Articles”
  • How To Properly Plant A Tree
    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 us for guidance, as sheContinue reading “Articles”
  • Simple Pruning Techniques
    Pruning of trees requires: Knowledge of when, why and how to initiate the desired pruning techniques. Years of experience in the field. Skills must be developed and refined to be able to manipulate the appropriate concepts and tools needed for pruning. An understanding as to how the tree evolved from a seed. A great respect for trees, the time it takes for its growth, its size, strength and awesome beauty. AbilityContinue reading “Articles”
  • How to Keep Your Trees Healthy
    Mature trees are a valuable asset in your yard for several reasons. Not only do they provide curb appeal, making your home look beautiful, they also offer additional benefits like shade or keeping your home cool during the summer months. Tree replacement and services can be very costly, so it’s important to protect your investments by keeping your trees as healthy as possible and investing in the long-term look of yourContinue reading “Articles”
  • Easy Ways to Tell If Your Tree is Alive or Dead
    A few years ago, one of our customers came to us in a panic after one of their large Cottonwood trees fell on their garage only a week before new buyers were about to close on their home. They were justifiably upset that this could potentially prevent the buyers from purchasing their home. In addition, they only had a week to repair the damage that the fallen tree did to theirContinue reading “Articles”
  • Signs Your Tree is Dying
    When you’re going on a hike out in the Colorado woods, you may notice trees that are dying around you. In nature, a dying tree is a perfectly natural part of the our eco-system’s lifecycle. A dying tree in a forest helps contribute to wildlife habitat, cycling nutrients, helping with plant regeneration, limiting erosion, and assisting with drainage/soil moisture, and carbon storage. There are so many ways that a dead treeContinue reading “Articles”
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