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  • How Trees Make Your Life Better
    Why Trees Can Make You Happier Our tree care specialists at Urban Forestry Tree Service love trees and sometimes, we’re even known to hug them on occasion. Whenever we’re near one of these giant plants, we feel a sense of comfort and a feeling as if we’re somehow related to them. Like a distant relative. We also find them to be awe inspiring as many of the trees we encounter areContinue reading “How Trees Make Your Life Better”
  • The Best Low Maintenance Tree for Your Landscape in Colorado
    Tree care on your landscape doesn’t always have to be complicated. In fact, we always recommend that aspiring landscape architects start with trees that are a bit more forgiving to any potential costly mistakes (in other words – keep it simple stupid)! That’s where low maintenance trees come into play… If you’re not already familiar with the Colorado Blue Spruce – it happens to be one of the most commonly usedContinue reading “The Best Low Maintenance Tree for Your Landscape in Colorado”
  • Best Time of Year to Plant Trees in Colorado
    Spring is here, and along with the change of season comes one of the best times to plant new trees! And we can think of no better way to beautify your landscape and lower your stress levels than to honor planet Earth with new growth! At the time of this writing, COVID-19 social distancing and quarantine policies are still in place, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t spend someContinue reading “Best Time of Year to Plant Trees in Colorado”
  • Does Vitamin B1 Help Plants Grow?
    So sure, as tree service experts we may not exactly be gardeners, but we have stumbled across this myth more than once in our landscaping careers – the idea that Vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine) acts as some kind of miracle nutrient to help plants grow healthier and larger, especially when administered after transplanting. The origin of the story goes back to 1930 when a scientist experimenting with plant rootsContinue reading “Does Vitamin B1 Help Plants Grow?”
  • Our Favorite Healthy Restaurants in Denver, CO
    We thought we’d take a brief departure from our usual tree service programming to share with you some of our most frequented healthy eating spots in Denver! During the time of the post, we’re still in the midst of coronavirus self-isolation and quarantine, which means lots of ordering from home and delivery food (thanks DoorDash!). Thankfully Denver is a Mecca for healthy restaurants and allergen-free options! Many of the restaurants onContinue reading “Our Favorite Healthy Restaurants in Denver, CO”
  • 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 tree care, 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 requirementsContinue reading “Plant Classification of Trees and Shrubs”
  • Preparing Your Soil for Tree Planting
    If you haven’t guessed by now, we’re all about empowering our clients and readers alike with tree care resources (a rising tide floats all ships as they say!). In fact, we have found that our clients that are most knowledgable about tree care tend to get the most out of their experience working with us! The following are instructions on how to properly prepare your soil for tree planting taken from TheContinue reading “Preparing Your Soil for Tree Planting”
  • Landscaping With The Quaking Aspen
    One of our favorite tree care books, Landscaping with Native Trees, does a fantastic job of explaining how you can take common native trees and incorporate them into your landscaping. 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 alsoContinue reading “Landscaping With The Quaking Aspen”
  • 5 Popular Composting Myths
    Not only is composting is good for the planet, but is also your first step towards proper tree care (see our article on Preparing Your Soil for Tree Planting)! Compost helps to divert waste away from our landfills and in return, and 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 properlyContinue reading “5 Popular Composting Myths”
  • 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 “Native Denver Trees: Cottonwood”
  • How Trees Reproduce: With Help From Their Friends
    This may not be something that you’d often think about when considering tree services at your home – but 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 andContinue reading “How Trees Reproduce: With Help From Their Friends”
  • 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 tree service resource, 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, plant genetics,Continue reading “Tips for Successfully Transplanting Trees and Shrubs”
  • 10 Fascinating Facts About Trees
    Trees are fascinating living organisms, and also happens to be why we have such a passion for tree care! 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 400Continue reading “10 Fascinating Facts About Trees”
  • 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. When properly identified, these warning signs can help you to act quickly and ultimately help you reduce your tree service bill! What is a termite? Termites are small insects that feed on wood and often make their way into our home. TheyContinue reading “Termite Warning Signs”
  • How Do Trees Conserve Soil?
    With all of the benefits that trees provide, it’s no wonder that our tree service experts are a bunch of tree huggers… After all, all of 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 downstreamContinue reading “How Do Trees Conserve Soil?”
  • Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Trees
    Traditionally, when we use the term “tree care”, it’s not unusual to imagine your local tree service expert taking care of your tree removal, pruning, or stump grinding needs. But we would like to broaden the definition of tree care to include the idea of trees taking care of us… So you probably already know that trees are a vital part of the survival of every living species on this planet.Continue reading “Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Trees”
  • Why Trees are Important to Wildlife
    Here at Urban Forestry, we’re big fans of critters! In fact, our tree service experts take great pride in making sure that all critters are protected when we go to remove or trim trees as part of our service.  In order to go above and beyond what is merely required of us in terms of tree care procedures, we keep in mind that these are habitats and sanctuaries for animals includingContinue reading “Why Trees are Important to Wildlife”
  • Our Favorite Parks and Hiking Trails near Denver
    Being a unique city almost smack dab in the middle of the U.S. that is surrounded by nature, Denver, CO is not a bad place to be a tree service professional for a living. 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 toContinue reading “Our Favorite Parks and Hiking Trails near Denver”
  • 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 “How Much Does Tree Care Cost?”
  • 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 limbing or removal job without respecting proper tree care 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 areContinue reading “Safely Felling a Tree”
  • 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 “Caring For Your Black Walnut Tree”
  • 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 “A Closer Look: Quaking Aspen”
  • 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 “Caring For Your Trees In Winter”
  • 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 “Recycling Your Christmas Tree in Denver”
  • 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 “Best Practices for Watering Trees and Shrubs”
  • 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 “Why You Should “Limb Up” Your Trees”
  • 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 “Adding Fruiting Trees and Shrubs to Your Landscape”
  • 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 “How Flowering Trees Can Improve Your Landscape”
  • 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 “Use Tree Textures to Add Beauty to Your Landscape”
  • 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 “Common Insect Pests”
  • 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 “Common Tree and Plant Diseases”
  • 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 “Tough Decisions About Saving or Eliminating a Tree”
  • 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 “When Storms Come Your Way”
  • 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 “Choosing the Right Fertilizer”
  • 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 “Big Pests That Can Damage Your Trees”
  • 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 “When and How to Stake a Tree”
  • 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 “How Construction Work Can Damage Your Tree”
  • 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 “Making a Landscape Plan”
  • 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 “5 Ways Trees Benefit Humans”
  • 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 “Why Do Trees Drop Their Leaves In The Fall?”
  • 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 “What Is An Arborist?”
  • 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 “Help Prepare Your Trees for Stormy Weather in Denver, CO”
  • 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 “Things To Consider Before Building A Tree House”
  • 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.  In the long run, it will also help save you money in expensive tree service costs. What is Mulch? Mulches are materials placed overContinue reading “Benefits of Mulching Around Your Tree”
  • 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 “Stump Grinding 101”
  • 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 “How To Determine the Age of a Tree”
  • 4 Benefits of 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 drawsContinue reading “4 Benefits of Mature Trees on Your Property”
  • 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 “Best Trees to Plant In Denver”
  • Preventing Roots From Damaging Your Home/Business
    When our customer called our tree service specialists 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 andContinue reading “Preventing Roots From Damaging Your Home/Business”
  • 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 our tree care specialists forContinue reading “How To Properly Plant A Tree”
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