New Year’s Resolution: Improving Your Treescape

Believe it or not, the new year is almost upon us. Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions? How about kicking the year off by committing to a better, healthier treescape? In this blog article, we’ll share some ideas on how to improve the health and beauty of your trees this coming year.

How to Plan for a Better Treescape in 2022

During the pandemic, we’ve all been spending more time at home. Many homeowners see value in investing in updates and improvements that can be enjoyed for years to come, and your trees are no exception! 

Try a New Year’s resolution approach to your treescape. What changes do you commit to making to improve your yard this coming year? Some ideas include planning to remove dying trees, trimming for safety, disease prevention, or planting a new, perfect tree. 

This guide will help you plan to get your trees in tip-top shape for 2022.

Planning to Remove Dying Trees

Healthy trees are where Mother Nature is at its best. They filter air pollutants, reduce storm water runoff which lessens the strain on your city’s infrastructure, and provide shelter from bad weather – to name a few benefits! But what about when the health of your trees begins to decline?

Are you familiar with the idea that a team is only as strong as its weakest member? Well, your treescape is only as healthy as your weakest tree. Dead or dying trees are not simply an eyesore. More than a pesky cosmetic problem, dying trees pose these serious threats to your entire property:

  • spread of infectious disease
  • hosts for pests
  • falling limbs resulting in property damage
  • increased fire danger

Dead and dying trees are very vulnerable to infectious disease and pest infestation. Their weakened immune system cannot effectively fight off these threats. When a dead tree becomes infected with a common bacterial or fungal tree disease it will spread to healthy trees and plants in close proximity.

Here are a few of the common tree diseases that plague the Denver area:

  • Aspen canker 
  • Oak wilt 
  • Emerald ash borer 
  • Dutch elm disease
  • Cytospora Canker
  • Bacterial Wetwood
  • Fireblight
  • Powdery Mildew

To avoid the spread of these infectious diseases, it is best to remove dying trees as soon as possible. Removing dead and dying trees before infection occurs will keep your landscape healthy and protect property values in your area.

Worried that one of your trees might already be diseased? The Colorado University State Extension recommends collecting and submitting a sample to their department by following these steps:

  • Collect a fresh sample. Diagnosis is difficult to impossible with dead or dried plants.
  • Collect samples the same day you ship or drop them off. Don’t leave samples in vehicles overnight. Intense heat or cold will destroy the sample. 
  • Whole plant samples, including the roots, are more desirable than individual leaves or branches whenever possible. 
  • Include soil with whole-plant samples, if requested, so it can be tested for pH, salts and evaluated for textural issues. 
  • Keep soil off foliage by separately bagging the root system. 

Pests are also quick to find a home in a dying tree. Are you familiar with these prevalent Denver pests? 

  • Emerald Ash Borer 
  • Mountain Pine Beetle
  • Aphids
  • IPS Beetle

Be sure to properly identify the pests you find on your plants. This will help determine how best to treat them, and if treatment is even needed. When left unchecked, these preying insects deal devastating damage to trees. When they invade a dead tree their infestation will rapidly spread to healthy trees nearby.

Early detection is crucial! Call one of our trained arborists immediately if you even suspect there may be a pest infestation. They can evaluate the situation and provide expert recommendations on the next steps.

Trimming Your Tree for Safety Purposes

Tree trimming may or may not be something that makes it onto your annual home improvement to-do list, but it should be. Why? Trees that are properly pruned can be more aesthetically appealing, reduce the risk of falling branches during storms, and provide better air circulation throughout your yard.

Colorado tree service experts recommend tree trimming every year to ensure optimal health for all trees in your yard. Pruning is also one way you can control where new growth occurs on a tree. To get more specific, experts recommend pruning trees every year to remove dead or dying branches to improve safety, and trim where there is diseased wood.

When it comes to stressed and dying trees, trimming is absolutely necessary to ensure safety.  Every year fallen branches cause homeowners massive amounts of property damage. With the winter storm season approaching, now is the perfect time to call and schedule professional tree trimming.

Winter storms bring high winds, frigid temperatures, and snowfalls that cause brittle and stressed limbs to snap and fall unexpectedly. Just imagine one large branch crashing down on your car, garage, or roof- yikes! Investing money in proper tree trimming is well worth it to save you from a future disaster. 

Looking Ahead To Spring

What can you do for your landscape this spring to help your trees and shrubs grow healthier than ever? Be proactive and have a strategic plan for disease and pest prevention.  

One thing is for certain, the EAB will be back this spring and you need to be one step ahead. The incredibly invasive species is known to kill acres of trees each year, and now it’s spreading in her Colorado. But it doesn’t have to happen on your watch!  

There are several things within your control that you can do to ward off spring pests:

  • proper watering throughout winter and spring
  • custom fertilizing 
  • pruning your trees and shrubs to promote healthy growth

Why is winter watering important? Many homeowners completely neglect to water their trees and shrubs throughout the winter months.  This is a huge mistake because during these long winter months trees use up their stored energy from summer growth while they are dormant in order to survive the winter cold. This means that when it comes time for them to grow again during late winter/spring–if you haven’t been watering your trees they won’t have the necessary nutrients and energy needed to grow.

One of the most important things we can do for our trees and shrubs to help them fight off pests and diseases is to make sure they have enough nutrients. Don’t assume that sunlight and water are enough for your trees and shrubs!  In reality, Denver soil has a high pH balance that doesn’t meet the needs of many tree species. 

Contact one of our expert arborists for a consultation. We can identify problems and create a custom fertilization plan just for your unique landscape.  

Planting New Trees

Looking forward to sprucing up your outdoor living space with some brand new trees and shrubs in 2022? The perfect tree can really make a positive impact on your entire landscape.  Maybe an ornamental Japanese maple or an elm that will grow to towering heights and become a statement centerpiece in the yard. 

Whatever you have in mind, it’s best to check with an expert before making the investment and digging a giant hole in your lawn! New trees cost a considerable amount of money and you’ll need to ensure proper planting techniques are used. The point is, you should plan accordingly and proceed with patience as you select the perfect new tree for 2022. 

Contact our local arborists to discuss what would be best suited for your yard. We can also help you find the perfect location and provide maintenance tips to keep it healthy! With proper care, a new tree will last for decades in your landscape. Our consultations are always free – schedule yours today!