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You probably already know this but your guys are Rock Stars. James and the entire crew did a top notch professional job yesterday on that beast of a removal for us. Despite some saw issues and the cold weather that moved in during the last hour and a half they kept a cool head and worked their tails off until the last possible minute. If we had 10 more minutes of day light they would have gotten the last chunk out. It became too dark and for safety reasons they had to stop which I completely understand and support. I appreciate their dedication to the job, their desire to push on when the temperatures dropped out, and their overall professionalism. You have a great group of men and I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for their hard work.

Thank you for taking on a tough and tricky job. The crew really performed well and I have a lot of respect for their work ethic and professionalism.

All the best,
Ben Getman
Denver Country Club
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The Georgetown Loop Railroad Santa's Lighted Forest opens November 19th. It is a great outing with a truly magical 1 hour train ride. You can meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, visit with some elves and have a great time. Mountain High has helped with the lighting which is synchronized to holiday music. Went last year, and will go again this year, it is awesome!
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We Need Water

Did you know that 8 of first measurable snowfalls in Denver during the last 10 years took place in October? And we've already passed all but one of the November first-snow dates. Lack of moisture isn't just a Front Range scenario, either. In the high country resorts continue to push back start dates for the ski season due to lack of snow.
We had only about 1/4" of precipitation in October followed by zip in November. We are short on moisture. And even if we get a few inches of snow in the near future, the amount of water won't be sufficient to quench the thirst of a drying root zone. Typically, it takes 10 to 12 inches of snow to equal only 1 inch of rainfall.
Root zones need to be in ideal conditions heading into the winter. Plant health does start from the ground up and it's not healthy for roots to dry out. And the same goes for bulbs that are working underground throughout the dormant season so they can push up those early spring blooms.
Plants need water and when Mother Nature doesn't provide, it's up to us to be good stewards of our ecosystem and fill the gap. Here are watering reminders to maintain adequate soil moisture during fall and winter:
Remember watering season doesn't always end when the sprinkler system is winterized. Do the screwdriver test on the lawn and if the soil is dry, pull out the hose and sprinkler to water dry areas manually.
South-facing and sloped areas dry out first.Make them the priority for fall and winter watering. Since dry lawns are where turf mites thrive, keeping soil moist will deter these pests as well.
If you are watering the lawn, trees in the lawn will receive some moisture. But trees in bed areas also need water. Best practice is to use a deep-root watering device that attaches to a garden hose. Probe the soil at intervals around the drip line of the tree so that water is pushed deep into the root zone. The drip line is the circle you would draw on the ground that corresponds to the outside reach of the tree's branches. This method is also advisable for trees in lawn areas.
The root systems of all newly planted lawns, trees, shrubs and perennials are much less developed than those of mature plants. New plants will need extra monitoring and moisture so they prepared to enter the winter.
As long as the ground is not frozen, soil moisture should be checked and plants watered as needed. This is how we show our plants we love them over the winter.
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Mountain High Tree, Lawn & Landscape Co. provides Organic Mulch in Denver and the Front range. Our Mulch is sustainable and locally made from 100% recycled
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3 Gifts that are actually useful

Living smaller and getting to a simpler lifestyle resonates with many people these days. And when we think about the gifts we share with those we love at the holidays, being simple and practical shows we are thoughtful about what others really want and need.

Here are some practical ideas that might make life easier for those you love.

Less back strain
Whether we have a white Christmas this year or not, one of these days, we'll be hauling out the snow shovel. Is it time to give your spouse - or your parents or your grandparents - a break from the back strain and time spent in the cold? A snow thrower is a practical investment in a simpler life.

The ultimate in simplicity is an electric model that requires no gas, no new spark plugs and virtually no maintenance. Electric models include both shovels and narrow throwers that are good for clearing small spaces like short sidewalks, small drives and decks.
If the area to shovel is bigger, you'll need to look at a stronger gas-powered machine. Smaller machines are built for 1-2 car garage drives and average areas of walks. Properties in mountain areas with more snow, that may have gravel areas and lots of area to clear will require increasingly bigger and more powerful machines. The smart move is to pick the machine for the job - and for your loved one who's the operator.

Other strain relievers
If your family has boomers - or others who spend long hours gardening - think of gardening tools that will reduce back, wrist and hand strain. Increasingly, garden centers feature ergonomically engineered tools to make garden chores easier and cut the wear and tear on the body.
Gardeners are often those hard-working folks who wouldn't think of buying these handy tools for themselves - but will love using them once they have them. There are, for example, ergonomic hand-held tillers and garden forks, easy-grip tools for people with arthritis plus shovels and knee pads. Also, think about replacing safety gear that just wears out over time. Everyone eventually needs new dust masks or gardening gloves. Explore the options at your local garden center.

The ultimate in simple
Perhaps the greatest gift for an older person is to sustain the garden or landscape they love after they can no longer do the work - or get work done for another who no longer has the time for DIY projects.
Does grandma's tree need to be pruned? Does her lawn need to be mowed every week? Does your spouse now work too many hours to enjoy mowing the lawn and raking leaves himself? Helping grandma care for her yard or giving your spouse free time could be a gift of gold.

Thoughtful, sustaining gifts like these go a long way in showing our love and they last a whole lot longer than a fruitcake.
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What to expect when temps drop so drastically

In typical Colorado style, an 80-degree day gets slammed by the big chill overnight. This heads-up wink from winter has sent Indian summer on its way. Though we don't like to think about it, it's really life as usual along Colorado's Front Range.
So what does the quick temperature shift and hard freeze mean for our plant materials? Maybe a combination of good news and not-so-good news.
On the positive side, it's less likely that our overnight 60-degree temperature swing will be as damaging to plant materials as the fast freeze of November 2014. This year, plants had begun to transition into dormancy following the earlier frost. Unlike 2014, most leaves have already fallen. This also means less potential weighing down and breaking of branches because snow was clinging to leaves.
In general, new plants in the landscape will suffer more than mature plants. Established native plants such as chokecherry and serviceberry, on the other hand, may skate through the ice and cold with no damage. They are born survivors in Colorado's climate.

The trees most damaged in 2014 will likely be the same ones to see damage this time around. This will include species being grown here that are pushing the warm edge of the plant hardiness zone, plus ornamental pears and prunus varieties such as Newport plum and weeping cherry. We won't know to what extent these plants have suffered until spring.

Plants that have already set flower buds for spring blooms may also have damage. This includes forsythia and flowering quince. Lilac and viburnum, on the other hand, are more cold hardy and less likely to be damaged. You can find lilacs blooming in Leadville, Colorado's highest and very cold city.
Flowering ornamental trees such as crabapple, red bud and hawthorn may also suffer flower bud damage. The spring will tell.

Lawns should not be damaged by the freeze as the soil has been warm. They are more likely to be harmed from the hot/dry days of fall and any continuing dry conditions during the winter.

Any remaining annuals that were hanging on to the growing season have now departed and the long wait 'til the next growing season begins. About all we can do is cozy up to the fire and dream of spring.
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It's getting frosty outside!

Pumpkin Fall is in the air and frost may soon be on the pumpkin. We're into those glorious crisp and clear days of fall when there could be frost overnight and still many warm days of Indian summer ahead.

If you'd like to enjoy the petunias and let a few more tomatoes ripen on the vine, then be prepared to protect your plants on nights when temps hit the frost range. Monitor the forecast and beware of those calm, clear nights when there is no cloud cover to hold heat in the soil. Those are the nights to have freeze protection ready for tender plants.

A few frost-hardy plants don't need to be covered. They include:
Flowering plants that we enjoy in the fall - mums, asters and pansies
Hardy vegetables such as winter squash, cabbage and broccoli and root crops like carrots
Hardy leafy greens such as kale, chard, spinach and collard greens
With many good growing days typically following early frost, it's worth making the effort to protect flowers, veggies and annual herbs. The goal of frost protection is to hold in the heat that the soil has absorbed during the daytime by covering plants. Tucking plants warmly in for the night keeps killing frost at bay. You can do this by using frost/freeze protection blanks from the garden center or household items such as large towels, blankets and sheets.

Caution: you should NOT use plastic items such as plastic tarps. Plastic conducts cold and plants that touch it will freeze.

Since the weight of the fabric can crush plants, it's a good idea to drape fabric over tomato cages or use staking material to support it over plants, if possible. Allow the fabric to reach down to the ground to hold in as much warmth as possible. When covering containers, pull leggy stems underneath the covering.

In the morning, remove fabric so plants can photosynthesize and so that the soil can again heat up during the day. You'll keep tomatoes and peppers ripening and be able to enjoy the flowers maybe a couple weeks longer before there's a hard, killing freeze.

Prior to a freeze:
Pick green tomatoes and bring them indoors to ripen.
Pumpkins and squash can be held indoors in a cool place to turn color. Cut them off the vine with pruners or a sharp knife and leaving a short stem attached. Avoid carrying them by the stem. The weight of the pumpkin or squash can pull the stem off and that will shorten shelf life.
If herbs haven't been dug up and brought indoors, cut stems and keep them fresh a few more days by placing them in water. Herbs can also be frozen in water in ice cube trays or simply allowed to dry and stored in containers.
Prolong the growing season as long as you can and enjoy the transition from summer to fall. Also, be grateful for another growing season, its beauty and especially, the harvest.
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In the heat of the summer, we're very aware that some plants take the heat better than others - and that some need more water than others to stay perky. Mother Nature reminds us through soaring temps that we need sustainable plants that are heat-lovers, aren't super thirsty - and also do their job of catering to pollinators who are active this time of year.

July and early August are prime hummingbird feeding times. Rufous hummingbirds (the coppery-colored ones with attitude) are traveling through, and the broadtails, calliopes and black-throated hummingbirds are preparing to migrate south so need lots of fuel for their travels. Does your garden offer flowers that will provide them with natural and more nourishing food than just plain sugar water?

Bees and bumblebees are also most active in the heat of summer. We need them around to help vegetables and fruits produce abundant yields, so we need to offer them a wide assortment of summer-blooming perennial flowers and groundcovers.

Luckily in Colorado, there's a wide range of perennial flowers that thrive in the extremes of summer, providing color and wildlife benefits during our hottest, driest months.
Try some of these altitude-hardy plants from Plant Select® that are native and adapted to the Rockies and southwestern U.S.:
Hyssops (Agastaches) - pictured below: This group of southwestern native perennials come in a range of colors and sizes, blooming from July through early frost. Sunset hyssop (A. rupestris) is one of the most dependable, and has orange/pink tubular flowers with narrow, blue-green leaves that smell like root beer when crushed. It grows to about 2' tall and 12-16" wide.
Penstemons: Most penstemons bloom early in the summer, but Bridges' penstemon (P. rostriflorus) is just getting going in the heat of summer. The orangey-red flowers are narrow and tubular, just perfect for hummingbirds' tongues, and the stems are wispy and airy. This is a cold-hardy, long-lived summer-blooming penstemon growing 28-32" tall and about 24" wide. As with most penstemons, be sure to plant Bridges' penstemon in a well-drained soil with moderate to low amounts of organic matter.
Orange Carpet®: Another hummingbird favorite is Orange Carpet® hummingbird trumpet (Zauschneria garrettii), a selection from northern Idaho that forms a low-growing mat of medium green and is covered with 2" orange-colored, trumpet-shaped flowers in midsummer. Very cold hardy and long-lived, Orange Carpet® will spread to 2' wide or more but is less than 8" tall. This heat-loving groundcover will thrive in most sunny spots with good drainage. Try planting it on the edge of a rock wall so it can cascade over the edge.
There is still time in this growing season to plant these and other perennials that do more than sit pretty. Perennials that multi-task add outdoor beauty, provide food for pollinators and thrive in the heat without requiring an abundance of water. We all probably need more of them in our yards.
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Fertilize your trees! Our hard-packed clay soils have little to no organic or nutrient content, so your trees will love a boost!
Mountain High Tree, Lawn & Landscape Co. provides quality Fertilizer for trees and shrubs in Denver and the Front Range.
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Need lawn fertilization or tree removal? We have you covered.
5717 W 11th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214
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"The folks at Mountain High Tree have the best prices for the best services."
"Definitely the best customer service and lawn care in the Denver area!"
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Rosie Hughes
2 months ago
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.
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Evelyn Shafer
2 months ago
This company does very good work, but sometimes they need reminding that you have requested a service. Once here, they do a great job.
Response from the owner - a month ago
Mrs. Shafer, Thank you for your review, we appreciate the feedback, it is very helpful, and will be put to good use. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
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Irene Montano
4 months ago
Danielle is very informative about the services. I definitely would recommend this company. Thank you, Irene.
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Elisha Harwood
8 months ago
I hire Mountain High Tree Service to aerate my yard as well as control weeds and fertilize it. I have always does this myself but thought I would free up some of my time and let someone else do it for a change. My lawn looks amazing and their technicians always do such a great job of cleaning up. Definitely recommend Mountain High
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S. Avila
4 months ago
I recently purchased a home and was completely lost when it came to lawn care. I called around to a few places before calling Mountain High. I spoke with Kathy and she was incredibly helpful from the start. She made sure that my questions were answered. She gave me pricing information, which other companies refused to do until they came out to my home. She offered to have someone out the following week and even gave me a follow up call to remind me when their crew would be out and assured me if I had any questions I could give her a call. Definitely the best customer service and lawn care in the Denver area!
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Monique Medina
4 months ago
I had a great experience our yard is beautiful!!! thank you so much kara :) I would highly recommend this company. Very profession and friendy!
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George Volz
4 months ago
James and his crew did a great job. Our trees never looked so good! Thanks Mountain High !
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Heather Jones
a year ago
I love working with Mountain High Tree, we've been working with their Arborist Terry Schroder for many years, he helped us identify the 19 trees at our Park Hill home when we purchased it in the winter, I was impressed as he could ID the trees when dormant. We were excited to find out we have a Red Bud, several types of fruit trees, and Locust trees. Terry is my go-to for any tree related needs or tree-health questions, he always provides honest recommendations based on what our trees need and discourages unnecessary treatments/pruning. Their team has pruned our large locust trees, which is no easy feat – their arborists climb the trees and also use a bucket to reach the highest branches. Fun to watch! They also have a great team of lawn experts and provide organic fertilization to keep our grass healthy. I highly recommend them!
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Response from the owner - 9 months ago
We appreciate your review and comments about Terry Schroder. Glad to have you as our customer!