January 2017

Out with the Old ~ In with the New
Last year has come and gone, we feel so lucky to have you as Customers. We are looking forward to a new year that brings new challenges and opportunities. Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Your 2017 Annual Plant Health Care proposal will be mailed to you shortly, so be on the look out for it. That can be one more √ off the list of things you need to do before spring comes around. There are 4 ways you can return your proposal:
1. Return via the postal service.
2. Give us a call and we can go over the services with you.
3. Fax.
4. Email.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call our Customer Service representatives; they are happy to help!All the best to you in 2017!


January is a great time to plan for spring. It may seem like spring is still a distant thought, but this is the time to start discussing any changes you want to make with your landscape. It may be time to clear away some older trees to make room for new ones. Or perhaps a new vegetable garden has been on your mind for some time now. No matter what you would like to do in 2017, now is the time to plan.

With all of the planning and logistics that go into a successful landscape project it is important to start talking to your contractors now. As I’m sure everyone has noticed, the construction around town has reached a peak. Because of this, contractors are weeks and months out on new projects so it’s important to get onto their schedules as soon as possible. It’s also very important to plan early so you will have the best selection of trees and shrubs from the nurseries in the spring. Waiting until summer or fall to move forward on a project may limit the quality and quantity of plants available to make your landscape their new residence.

Feel free to schedule a time to meet with one of our Arborists so we can help guide you on decisions for spring. The key to completing a quality project is good planning.


While the winter months is not a normal time to think about lawn care, there are a few things everyone can do to keep lawns in the best condition possible for greening up when spring arrives.

Ice-melt and Salt Damage:

Icy walks are treacherous and some salt or other ice-melt products are needed to prevent slips and falls. As fate has it, it tends to be bordering snow covered grass that need this since it is in a shady or north facing area. Unfortunately, these products can damage the lawn as well. To lessen the impact of salt or other ice-melt products, use them only when needed. It is a good idea to shovel the areas first so there is less runoff going into the grass. Do not over-apply the de-icing products.

Winter Watering and Lawn Mites:

Watering the lawn a few times a month during warmer weather is very helpful during long dry spans. Water when the temperatures are above 40º F. Watering should end in time for the water soak in before the temperatures fall below freezing.

Also keep in mind winter watering helps replenish moisture taken by lawn mites. Mites, especially during dry winters, can do significant damage to lawns. Mountain High does offer winter mite sprays which drastically cut mite populations, but winter watering is still needed to prevent damage.


Voles have become more active in lawns after the heavy December snow. These mouse-like creatures feed on plants, and the roots of the lawn are tempting targets since many of the wild plants voles use for food have dried up or died off. The trails left in the lawn by voles are only part of the damage they do. They also chew on evergreens and other plants, particularly Junipers, girdling them, and thus causing major dieback and in some cases even death of the plants they are feeding on.

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:

Many of our evergreen shrubs (Boxwood, Arborvitae, Taxus, and ornamental Spruce and Pines) are susceptible to drying out (desiccation) in the winter when conditions are dry. There are products available that will protect sensitive plant tissue when applied during the winter. Call us today to help protect your landscape.

Recent Reviews:
Mountain High Tree did a great job. A quote for the work was provided in a timely manner. Once approved, they scheduled the work quickly, arrived on time as promised, double checked again with me (the owner) before starting the work, did a quality & thorough job, and cleaned up very nicely afterwards. Couldn’t ask for more. Been doing business with them for many years, they continue to please.
~ John in Denver~
Great experience with Mountain High! We had a tree trimmed that required extra visits to our property to deal with a wasp nest. The staff was very professional and competent. They also took the time to educate us about the other trees on our property. There was no pressure. Price was reasonable and the people on all levels were friendly and helpful.
~Rosie in Lakewood~
Advantages of Pruning Your Trees in Winter:

In Colorado, a major obstacle for trees to overcome is the harsh winter storms that can bring dry Chinook “hurricane” force winds or heavy wet snows that can damage tree structures. Besides getting a good look at the structure and form of a tree in winter, there are other benefits to pruning.  When other plants in your yard are dormant it is an opportune time to prune your large trees and minimize the impact to the rest of your landscape.  Trees such as American Elms or Pines that are susceptible to bark beetles should be pruned when beetles are inactive during the winter months.  

Winter Watering:

Most of our landscapes need over 20 inches per year of consistent moisture to sustain them. Normal annual precipitation in Colorado Springs is around 16 inches. Most of that is received in the summer months with winter being our driest season. Providing supplemental moisture to tree roots will help promote optimal nutrient uptake and growth, and will help keep the roots from drying out.  We feel that watering your trees and shrubs is an important part of plant healthcare. Call us if you would like help with winter watering.

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