March 2017

Is the beginning of March the 
“New Spring”? 

Every year it seems we start just a “little” earlier in the year, and this year is no exception. That’s right; we will be starting our spring tree and lawn applications next week! The high temperatures we’ve had, mixed with a little moisture, means we will soon be seeing “WEEDS”. Our crews have been training hard and our shop crew has been working to keep our equipment in top working condition.

This weekend would be a great time for you to go over your plant health care proposals that were sent out to you either through the postal service or by email. If you have any questions, now is the time to call. Get your authorization in as soon as possible so we can be prepared to give you the best service we can provide!

If you haven’t looked at Mountain High’s “Supreme Organic Mulch” and are planning a landscape project, or just looking to refresh your old mulch you really should give our mulch a try. We’re proud to say that we recycle 100 percent of our tree debris in our ongoing efforts to be as GREEN as possible.

One of the best things is that it is available for pick up or delivery. Our mulch crews are grinding and coloring mulch getting ready for spring now. If you want to take a closer look, we have displays for you to take a look at. Click here for further information on our mulch!

As I had mentioned last month, we are starting a new segment of our newsletter that will be featuring a tree of the month. Our Planting Manager, Eric Hanneken, is excited about this and has some great information for you.

A little reminder that daylight savings time will begin at 2 am on March 12th, and have a great St. Patrick’s day holiday.


March in Colorado can be one of the toughest months for our landscapes. Rapid temperature swings confuse trees and create both early flowering and frost damage. Heavy wet snows can cause limb breakage, and pose dangers to people and property. It is vital to monitor your property and be proactive as it pertains to your tree care. If you see dangerous conditions call us right away. If you see areas of concern it is important to address them sooner rather than later. Many tree problems are more difficult to correct as time passes. Our Arborists are always available to meet with you and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Just a final friendly reminder to all of our loyal clients; please review and return your 2017 Plant Health Care and Lawn proposals so we can ensure the best care for your property this year.


Winter & Early Spring Watering of Lawns in Colorado –
A Quick Overview
  • Water lawns and perennials during prolonged dry winter and early spring periods to prevent root damage that affects the health of the entire plant.
  • Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40° F.
  • South and West lawn exposures are at the highest risk for winter injury.

Dry air, low precipitation, little soil moisture, and fluctuating temperatures are all part of the climate of the Front Range of Colorado. This winter we are seeing a similar pattern to last year. We’ve had some snow but it has been low in moisture content, and the warm days are causing serious drought stress on plants. Trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns can be damaged if they do not receive supplemental water. 

In addition to drought injury, lawns are seeing an increase in lawn mite activity. Mites damage the yard by sucking moisture out of the blades of grass. When you couple this moisture loss with the drought conditions we are having, it is a perfect storm for serious damage to turf and other plantings.

Sensitive to Drought Injury
Lawns are prone to winter damage. Newly established lawns, whether seed or sod, are especially susceptible to damage. Susceptibility increases for lawns with south or west exposures because of higher mite activity and quicker snow melt. The sun exposure and warmth causes the south and west areas to dry out more quickly, so these areas in particular need supplemental winter watering.

MARCH 2017
We invite you to join us in our efforts to raise money to support the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. To double the impact of your tax-deductible contribution we will match your gift up to $500. Every dollar helps, and any size donation is welcome.
Tip of the Month

You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know that this was one of the warmest Februaries on record. We set 4 daily high temperature records, and the month ranked as one of the warmest February’s on record. This warm weather can foster heavy mite populations in lawns and severely dry out soils around tree roots. Be sure to water your lawn and planting beds whenever possible during these warm spells. Let us know if you need help and we would be happy to assist you toward a healthy spring landscape.

Tree Planting

Spring is just around the bend. Some of you may be looking for a beautiful tree to add value and aesthetics to your property. One species that is suitable for the harsh Colorado climate is the Maple tree. There are many varieties out there to choose from which are perfect for a variety of locations. Some are great for streetscapes or under power lines, and others to shade your house and patio. Give us a call. We can ease the headache of choosing the right species, and our expert planters can make sure your tree is planted properly. All of our planting includes a 1-year warranty. Did I mention we can take care of watering your trees too?

The State Street Maple® (Acer miyabei ‘Morton’) pictured below boasts a very neat, upright oval growth habit with dark green lobed leaves. It has a beautiful bright yellow fall color and has corky thick bark that resists sun scald. It is cold and drought tolerant once it has established. The maximum elevation for this stately tree is 7,500 feet. The mature height is 40 feet with an approximate 30 foot spread.
Are you ready for Spring?

We have sent out all of your annual property care proposals for this season and hope that you have all had time to sit down and take a look. This season will be starting early as you can all tell with the warm temperatures that we have been experiencing. Please review and return your 2017 Property Care proposal so we can ensure the best care for your property this season. If you have any questions on your proposals, please give us a call, we are happy to help.Before any of our spring storms hit, please check out the structure of your trees to make sure that they will withstand a heavy snow load. Call our office at 719-444-8800 if you’d like Mountain High Tree to evaluate your trees.
Mountain High Tree, Lawn & Landscape | 5717 W. 11th Ave. | Lakewood, Colorado | 80214 | 303.232.0666
Mountain High Tree Care & Consulting | 3450 Astrozon Pl. | Colorado Springs, Colorado | 80910 | 719.444.8800