Lawn Problems in Denver

Common Denver Lawn Problems

Examples of Mite Damage

Lawn difficulties can occur in small areas or major patches. In the worst cases the entire lawn can show damage. Sometimes the problems are due to poor growing environments, improper lawn care practices, or adverse weather conditions. Other problems can be due to inadequate water, pets, insects, pests, or diseases.

The following information is a general guideline to common lawn problems.

Frost damage – as new grass starts to try to fill in damaged areas, a late spring frost can hit the tender shoots and cause a dieback of the tips.

Water and ice damage – straw colored or rotted grass, especially where water collects in frozen soil.

Snow molds – these spots appear as matted down grass with a grey appearance.

Winter desiccation – this often occurs in areas where the grass is exposed to the weather. these areas are drier and can even be suffering from “wind burn” leaving the lawn brown and slow to recover without proper spring maintenance.

Mag chloride/road splash back damage – dead or yellow grass along sidewalks, driveways, or roads where mag chloride and or salt is typically put down.

Corrective Measures:

Rake grass and fluff it up so the matted down grass can get proper air flow.

Don’t wait too long to water exposed areas of the lawn. Between winter mites and the dry soil, yards need water to recover.

In areas hit my mag chloride, water the damaged areas heavily to try to wash away salt if damage is from salt.

Reseed damaged areas: Note- if you wish to reseed putting down a pre-emergent to control crabgrass cannot be done.

A lawn care program with Mountain High can help your lawn recover from winter desiccation.


Soil Compaction signs: Soil is hard. Turf is thin. Rooting is poor.

The biggest and most important thing to do with soil compaction is aeration. Spring and Fall aerations are key to yards with heavy soil compaction.

Reroute foot traffic, including pet traffic, to other areas and change up child play areas to avoid frequent packing down of soil of the same areas.

Mountain High offers aeration services. Please contact us for pricing.


Mites: Mites leave the lawn dry, crunchy and bleached looking. Walking over a badly mite damaged lawn is totally different than walking over a non-mite damaged lawn. The grass is hard and straw-like after being hit by mites.

The key to getting a yard to recover from mites is water and lots of it. Mites feed on warmer areas of the lawn during the colder months. They attack the blades of grass, removing moisture. In the worst cases, mites can kill off sections of a lawn by removing all the water from the plants.

Yards with a history of mite activity along driveways, sidewalks, fences, rock walls, and yards with south and west facing slopes should be treated for mites during the winter. This is key since this is when they are doing the most damage and there is no moisture being applied to replenish what they are stealing. Winter watering is also very important even when getting mite sprays.

White grubs/Japanese beetle grubs: Gradually increasing patches of turf turns brown in irregular shapes. This damage often starts out looking like drought stress. Often times birds pecking at the lawn or wild animals digging in the damage areas signal grubs just below the surface. As damage progresses, the turf can easily be pulled up since there are little to no root structures left.

Chinch bugs: Chinch bugs are generally observed in sunny areas or on sandy soils. They are usually observed during hot periods in the heat of summer, but in the spring they can be found in hot spots. The damage from last year will be very slow to recover and the grass will be noticeably weaker in chinch bug damaged areas.

Bluegrass bill bugs: Bill bug activity is periodic in the Front Range; billbugs grubs are much smaller than many lawn grubs. The damage normally begins as yellow areas along the edges of driveways and sidewalks. Damage is usually observed in June. Much like other types of grubs, the damage they cause progresses in irregular ways and the grass can often be pulled up easily. The difference between mite and billbug damage is the overall appearance of the grass. Mites attack the grass blades, billbug grubs hit the roots. Because of this, mites leave the grass bleached and crunchy while billbug grub damage leaves the tops of the grass alone so it is still soft to the touch.

All these listed insects can be controlled with properly timed applications of pesticides. Mountain High has well trained technicians and qualified supervisors who know how to identify the problem and put down the proper pesticides to treat these damaging pests.

Improper fertilizer applications: Over and under-fertilizing can cause major problems with a lawn. A massive over application can even burn and kill a lawn. These problems typically occur because the person doing the application doesn’t know how to properly adjust the spreader the fertilizer is being put down with. A malfunction of a spreader can also result in over or under application. Brown streaks lined with extra green growth can occur in areas of application overlap. In the worst cases the lawn can be left striped with bright green, lime green, or even lines of dead grass.

Mountain High technicians have the needed equipment and experience to provide proper fertilization every time.

Dog urine: Dog spots are characterized by areas of brown, dead looking, grass with longer bright green around the outside. Aeration, Revive, and other chemical remediation can help. On a badly damaged area replacement may be the only option.

Let Mountain High provide Revive treatments and do both spring and fall aerations to help maintain the health of your yard so both you and your pets can enjoy a happy healthy lawn.


Watering is key to the success of any lawn:

In the spring it is best to water deeply a couple of times a week rather than small amounts of water more often. This promotes deeper root growth.

Watering early in the day is best so foliage will dry up quickly while the morning dew will be washed down into the soil. Night watering is not recommended during hot humid weather because of the potential for disease development.

Too little water:  Will cause wilting , browning, odd patches of green closer to the sprinkler heads, and in the worst cases death of the lawn not getting enough water. Keep in mind, most lawns can survive with little water, but will not green up. Instead they will remain dormant. A dormant lawn is much more susceptible to insect and disease damage since it is not strong enough to fend off such invaders. Normally, a dormant lawn recovers when moisture returns as long as it is kept free of insects and diseases.

Too much water: Deprives roots of oxygen, stunts growth, and promotes root and crown rot. If a yard is squishy when walked on, let it dry out then water less frequently. Correct drainage problems as necessary to prevent puddling in one area all the time.

Mountain High has an irrigation division to help you with all your lawn watering needs.


Heavy Shade: Most lawns will be thin in shaded areas. Selective pruning of tree and shrub branches may let in enough extra light to promote grass growth.  There are also shade tolerant turf grasses which grow better in heavily shaded areas. However, the lawn will never be as think under heavy shade as it will be in well sunlit areas.

Mountain High offers top quality overseeding and can mix and match seed types to give the lawn the best chance given the shade conditions.

Mowing Height:

Mow lawns at 2” to 3” normally and set the mower height to maximum in hot, dry weather.  At all costs avoid “scalping” the lawn. Colorado simply does not have the proper weather for a lawn to flourish if it is moved too low.

NOTE: Remove no more than 1/3 of total length on any one cutting. If grass gets very long, remove grass in stages with a two to three day time span between cuttings to prevent stress.

Contact us today if you have any questions about your lawn! Call us at 303.232.0666 or send us an estimate request below:
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Your Landscape’s Soil Quality

Soil Quality in DenverDo you know your landscape’s soil quality? Isn’t Mother Nature magnificent! Our landscapes are coming back to life every day! It is crucial for you to take advantage of this springtime to ensure the best results for your yard’s health all summer long. Promoting soil quality should be part of your landscape care program. The benefits of improving soil quality include, but are not limited to, increased root density, improved drought resistance, vigorous growth, increased leaf density, flower retention, increased fruit production, and vibrant fall color.

In Colorado, our plants have to deal with extreme weather conditions, so it’s important to implement a program to improve the soil that supports our plants every day. Soil improvement programs should be tailored to each specific site. For example, a program for heavy clay soil with high salt levels should include amendments that focus on restructuring the soil and leaching salt. Some of the most common soil improvement products include epsom salt, gypsum, sulfur, chelated iron, blood meal, diatomaceous earth, compost tea, Revive, humic acid, fulvic acid, Superthrive, compost, and mycorrhizae fungi.

Soil sampling and analysis is the first step in any soil improvement program. It is vital to know what you have in your soil before you start trying to change it. Our Arborists are trained and experienced in evaluating soil health, and we are happy to help you outline a program to ensure your landscape is as healthy and vibrant as possible. Get in touch with us anytime.

Contact us today if you have any questions about your soil! Call us at 303.232.0666 or send us an estimate request below:
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Recommended Trees to plant in Colorado Springs

Trees to plant in Colorado Springs

Recommended trees for spring planting in Colorado Springs:

Bigtooth/Canyon Maple (Acer grandidentatum, above left) – The Canyon Maple is native to many parts of western Colorado and is very tolerant of our soils and climate. It has splendid fall color. The smaller, compact size of this tree also adds another small tree to your palette. It comes in a multi-stem shrub or in tree form. It isn’t a common tree at the commercial nurseries either so it may take a little work on your part to find one.

Southwestern White Pine (Pinus strobiformus, above right) – This tree is found in the southwestern part of the state in its native habitat on ridges, slopes and canyons and grows in mixed stands up to the timberline. It is also planted in urban landscapes. It grows at a moderate rate in a variety of soils, preferring sunny sites and loamy soils and disliking poorly drained soils. With its soft bluish-green foliage it is a good alternative to other pines.

Working with and maintaining your landscape is a continuing and long-term process. Mountain High can help you in caring for your trees and planning for your landscape.

Give us a call at 719.444.8800 or send us an estimate request online »

Drip Irrigation in Denver

Drip Irrigation Service DenverAs the weather starts getting warmer and we start turning on our sprinkler systems, remember to do a thorough inspection of all of the heads and check the entire yard for leaks. After walking through the system one zone at a time checking for misaligned heads, improper spray patterns or small leaks, be sure not to forget about any drip zones that you may have.

Drip irrigation is always the most difficult to determine whether there are any leaks or if all of the plants are getting adequate water. Typically, if you have run through your drip zones and found no problems the best course of action to be certain of there being no issues is to run the drip zones for a full cycle or two to help identify any problem areas. Drip irrigation is measured in gallons per hour, where your lawn irrigation is measure in gallons per minute. This is why a drip zone may need to run for a longer period of time to identify potential problems.

Be conscientious about how long each zone needs to run for to provide adequate water for your lawn and plants. Traditional spray heads can run for 10 -20 minutes, drip can run from 40 – 60 minutes, three times a week. Soil conditions, slope, exposure, time of year and layout of system will all have an impact on how long each zone should run.

Contact us today if you have any questions about getting your irrigation system in tip-top shape! Call us at 303.232.0666 or send us an estimate request below:
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Drip Irrigation Service in Denver

Denver Lawn Fertilization in the Spring

Denver Lawn FertilizationLet us help you get your lawn ready for FUN!

Yay! It’s finally April and a great time to start planning your family’s springtime and summertime FUN outdoor activities.

We know that it’s on your To Do List to start getting your grass green and healthy, planting your flower beds and vegetable gardens, getting your sprinkler system turned on, your lawn mowers, edger’s, aerators and blowers dusted off and working correctly.

With all of this to get done, why not let our team of Lawn Care Professionals sign you up to our Early Bird Lawn Special and take care of getting the pre-emergent on your lawn NOW to fight problems like crabgrass and dandelions. It’s also time to fertilize your lawn to get a good jump start before the heat of summer hits.

Denver Organic Lawn Fertilization CompanyWe have several lawn programs depending on your needs, so let us be part of your lawn’s future to ensure that you have both a healthy and beautiful lawn throughout the year.

Call us today at 303.232.0666 to get signed up, or fill out our estimate request form and be sure to mention “Early Bird Lawn Special” to get the first treatment for $24.95*. Read more »

Benefits of having a healthy lawn:

  • A well cared for lawn can significantly increase property values.
  • A healthy lawn is of utmost importance to our environment.
  • A 50-foot by 50-foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four.
  • Lawns cool the atmosphere. Eight healthy front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning, which is enough for 16 average homes.
  • Grass converts carbon dioxide to oxygen, a process that helps clear the air.
  • Thick, healthy grass slows water runoff, removing contaminants and trapping soil. Fresh, filtered water returns to the underground water supply.

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Denver Lawn Fertilization EmployeeLast October, Alex moved to Denver from Miami, Florida where he was a firefighter – so he could be with his girlfriend, Francesca. He was referred to Mountain High by one of our long term employees (Jerry) who told him what an awesome company MHT was to work for. Now he is busy working with us as a Lawn Technician and agrees that this is a great company. When not out in nature with his dog, Colt, Alex likes to work out, lift weights and hang with his girlfriend. What a nice guy to add to our crew!’

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Did you know that Mountain High Tree takes care of the native trees in behind the center field wall?  Behind the center field wall is a Rocky Mountain landscape – the area features a waterfall, fountains, and Colorado native trees including Colorado Spruce, Pinon Pine, Bristlecone Pine, Con Color Fir, Limber Pine, Gamble Oak and Curl Leaf Mahogany. The decorative rocks are also native, including Navajo ruby sandstone and granite marble river boulders.

We’re proud to be the caretakers of these majestic beauties, so make sure to enjoy the greenery, and, after a home run or win keep an eye out for the fountains to shoot high into the air over the trees…. GO TEAM!


Kevin Kelley, Trim Supervisor and Video Guru!

Kevin Kelley, our Colorado Springs branch trim supervisor, has been with Mountain High for five years. He grew up in the tree world, working with his father dragging brush, hauling logs or playing around with a rope and saddle. He is an excellent technical climber with skills for difficult jobs. Kevin has placed in the top three in the Rocky Mountain tree climbing championships for the past few years. Besides his dedication to his job, Kevin loves doing things with his wife Val, their 3 year old daughter, Shea and 3 month old son, Logan. Kevin is an avid camper, rock climber, snow boarder and mountain biker. He is also talented with the video camera – and created some excellent tree pruning videos of difficult jobs our team has done.

Colorado Springs Fire Mitigation

Wildfire Mitigation

Drought, Wildland Fire and Colorado Springs 

Many of our customers live on hillsides, mesas, and in naturally forested areas.  Our native landscapes have evolved with fire.  The reality is that they are prone to burn and they are meant to burn. The native ponderosa pine and Gambel oak are fire-adapted and fire is needed to keep their ecosystem healthy.  Their thick bark and extensive root systems mean they can survive fire and readily come back after a fire.

There are  three things that determine a wildfire’s intensity: topography, weather and vegetation.  The only one we can affect is vegetation. Fire mitigation is a way to manage vegetation so that hopefully fire will not be as intense.  Creating defensible zones where ground fuels, shrubs and trees are not connected is important.

With our driest windiest seasons upon us, the risk of fire is still high.  This is an opportune time to look at your landscape and work on things that can modify wildfire behavior if it comes through your neigborhood.

Learn how Mountain High Tree Care & Consulting can assist you with Wildfire Mitigation, click here in Colorado Springs, or call 719.444.8800.


Kevin Kelley, Trim Supervisor, Arborist in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Arborist

Kevin Kelley

Kevin Kelley, our trim supervisor, has been with Mountain High for 5 years.  He grew up in the tree world, working with his father, dragging brush, hauling logs or playing around with a rope and saddle.  He is an excellent technical climber with skills for difficult jobs. Kevin has placed in the top 3 in the Rocky Mountain tree climbing championships for the last few years. He has created some excellent videos of difficult jobs his team has done. Besides his dedication to his job, Kevin loves doing things with his wife, Val, and their 3 year old daughter, Shea and his 3 month old son, Logan.  He is an avid camper, rock climber, snow boarder and mountain biker.