Denver Tree Care Encyclopedia: The Bosnian Pine
americanarbor May 23, 2022

What does a Bosnian pine tree look like?

The Bosnian pine is a slow-growing tree that reaches heights of 50 to 70 feet when it’s fully mature. The spread of its branches can span 10 to 15 feet in width, making the shape of a Bosnian pine tree tall and narrow. Their pine needles are dark green and grow to a medium length, and the bark is light grey. Bosnian pines also produce cones that are around three inches long.  They tend to hold their needles much longer than many of our other pines planted for our area.

Although there are nearly 100 different types of pine trees in the northern hemisphere alone, the Bosnian pine sets itself apart by growing tall and narrow, and it’s branches aren’t as dense as other species, making it easier to see between them. This makes it a perfect tree for planting in your yard, since it doesn’t overpower other trees and plants.

What does it need?

Bosnian pine trees need lots of sun to grow. In fact, they prefer at least six hours of full sun exposure per day. Plant them on the south side of your home or other structures so they receive plenty of sunlight to grow healthy and strong. Besides careful pruning to shape them when they’re small, Bosnian pine trees don’t need a lot of TLC to thrive. Just plant them in a sunny spot and watch them grow — slowly, but surely.

These trees prefer soil that’s well-drained and sandy, but they can grow in soil that contains some clay, as long as it drains properly. When it comes to soil, Bosnian pine trees prefer acidic to slightly acidic soil with a pH of 4.5 to 6.5. Since Denver soil can be more alkaline, you may need to amend your soil ensure that you’ve got idea conditions for growth. 

Where does it grow?

The Bosnian pine is is native to mountainous areas in eastern Europe that have dry limestone soils. They’re abundant in places like the Balkans, Italy and Greece. In its native habitat, the Bosnian pine tree can grow to heights of up to 90 feet tall, but in places like Denver, they typically max out at around 20-25 feet tall. These trees can grow in places with elevation levels up to 6,500 feet, and in zones three through eight. You’ll find Bosnian pines at the base of Colorado’s mountains and throughout Denver, since its elevation is just under 6,000 feet.

Why the Bosnian pine tree grows well in Denver

Bosnian pine trees don’t need a lot of care, and their growth pattern is slow and steady. This allows these trees to form a sturdy root structure so they can withstand harsh, windy winters. Since they’re so low-maintenance, these hardy trees can grow in a variety of conditions, as long as the climate isn’t too warm. Denver weather is mild and chilly, and the soil is typically sandy loam, with varying amounts of clay. This makes the perfect environment for Bosnian pines to thrive.

Homeowners choose to plant Bosnian pine trees in their yards, since they’re beautiful, slow-growing, and low-maintenance. A Bosnian pine tree is also smaller and its foliage is less dense  than other types of pine trees, so it won’t overtake your yard as it grows.

If you’d like to learn more about Bosnian pine trees or other trees that grow best in Denver, contact us today. Our tree experts are happy to help you pick the best trees to plant in your yard.

Denver Tree Care Encyclopedia: Kentucky Coffee Tree
americanarbor May 23, 2022

It got its name from early Kentucky settlers who thought the tree’s seeds looked like coffee beans, and they used them to build railway sleeper cars. Kentucky coffee trees can be found in backyards and parks throughout the Midwest, and they’re also scattered throughout Colorado. Let’s take a closer look at these trees and what conditions they need to grow healthy and strong.

What does the Kentucky coffee tree look like?

The Kentucky coffee tree can grow up to 75 feet tall and has an oval or round spread of 40 to 50 feet in width. They provide lots of shade for backyard picnics, but they grow slowly, at around 12 to 24 inches each year. Kentucky coffee trees produce green seed pods that are 5 to 10 inches in length that turn brown as the seasons change. They’re one of the last trees to produce leaves in the spring, but they’re well worth the wait. These trees produce lovely greenish-white flowers that bloom right when the leaves are maturing in late spring, and they smell like roses.

What does it need?

Kentucky coffee trees are easy to care for and they can withstand all kinds of environments. They can thrive in soils that are acidic or alkaline, and they don’t mind loamy, sandy, or clay soils. Kentucky coffee trees do prefer well-drained soil that’s moist, but they’re extremely drought-tolerant. More than anything, Kentucky coffee trees love the sun, and they prefer at least six hours of unfiltered sunlight every day.

When planting a Kentucky coffee tree in your yard, make sure it’s in a sunny spot where it will get plenty of sunlight each day. This is usually on the south side of your house or other structures that could obstruct it from the sun.

Where does it grow?

Native to the Midwest, Kentucky coffee trees grow best in hardiness zones 3 through 8. Although Denver is in a Mountain State, these trees grow well throughout the city since it’s in zones 5b and 6a. In fact, this tree can grow throughout Colorado with little problem at all. They’re drought-resistant and can handle just about any soil, and their branches are strong enough to withstand mountain winds with ease.

Why the Kentucky coffee tree grows well in Denver

The Kentucky coffee tree was first named in Kentucky, but it grows well throughout the Midwest and into the Mountain States. This is, in part, thanks to the tree’s impressive ability to grow in a variety of soils, environments and climates. The Kentucky coffee tree grows thick, strong branches that can handle Denver’s winter winds, and it can handle the varied loamy and clay soils that can be found throughout the city. They don’t have many issues with insects or diseases, and they’re extremely tolerant to pollution and droughts.

Additionally, Kentucky coffee trees grow very quickly when they’re young, developing a strong root structure that keeps them tough. As they continue to grow, they slow down and reach their full height over many years. This allows the Kentucky coffee tree to remain firmly rooted in the ground as it grows and matures.

These trees are the perfect choice if you’re looking for shade trees, since their leaves filter light and allow it to pass through gently. They’re also lovely ornamental trees that will add beauty to your landscape. 

If you’d like to learn more about the Kentucky coffee tree, or you’ve got questions about adding some to your yard, contact us. Our tree experts at American Arbor Care would be happy to help you.

What Types of Grass Grow Best in Denver?
americanarbor May 23, 2022

Let’s look at the types of grass that grow best in Denver and what qualities you should look for when purchasing grass for your yard.

What Qualities Should You Look For?

Denver weather can be unpredictable, and your grass will need to be hearty enough to handle it. For your grass to thrive in Denver, it will need to:

  • Withstand a variety of weather conditions
  • Handle excessive heat
  • Survive without a lot of water
  • Tolerate deep snow over extended periods 

You can also choose grass that prefers the sun or shade. Grasses that prefer shade will thrive, especially in north-facing yards, while sun-loving grass types will do best in southern-facing spots.

Types of Grass that Grow Best in Denver


Buffalograss is a warm-weather grass that can grow in portions of the city that are lower than 6,500 feet in elevation. Each blade grows 10 to 12 inches in length and drapes over, creating a thick, green carpet.  Because it doesn’t tolerate high elevations, buffalograss is a less common choice for homeowners in Denver, and it grows best in an area with low foot traffic. Additionally, this high-maintenance grass will need to be cared for year-round, but it’s hearty enough to resist moderate heat and droughts. Plant buffalograss in alkaline and loamy soil, and make sure it’s well-drained so the grass remains healthy and pest-free.

Fine Fescue

Fine fescue grows in a dense turf and it’s a low-maintenance favorite among Denver homeowners. This grass prefers shady spots, like yards with tall trees or buildings. If you plant fine fescue in a partially shaded yard, blend it with Kentucky bluegrass to get a lovely, even look. Luckily, fine fescue grows without a lot of care, and it can withstand all kinds of soil conditions, including sandy and rocky loams. Since it grows lush and thick, make sure you use a lawn mower with a sharp blade to cut a yard that’s full of fine fescue.

Kentucky Bluegrass

You can’t go wrong with growing Kentucky bluegrass in the Mile High City since it can handle all sorts of weather conditions. This grass is soft and grows quickly, filling in bare spots so your lawn is thick and bluish-green. Kentucky bluegrass loves the sun, but some varieties can tolerate full shade without a problem. The only drawback to Kentucky bluegrass is that it’s prone to forming large amounts of thatch that will need to be maintained. You can amend this by regularly aerating and dethatching your lawn. Kentucky bluegrass tends to be a cool season grass, so it prefers temperatures between 55 and 85. During our peak heat seasons, you can expect to need more water for your yard with Kentucky bluegrass. 

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass is the perfect solution for yards that see a lot of foot traffic. Because of this, it’s a popular choice for golf courses and parks. The blades are narrow and dark green, and they’re incredibly durable year-round. It’s a low-maintenance grass variety that tolerates the cold without a problem. Perennial ryegrass is often included in grass seed blends, and it pairs well with Kentucky bluegrass. Although it can be more susceptible to pests and disease, as long as you keep a close eye on your grass, it should remain healthy and strong. Rye should be aerate at least once per year in the spring or fall. Dethatching is not required as often, but should be completed in the early spring, every 8 – 10 years. 

Tall Fescue

This dense grass has an impressive root structure that grows four feet beneath the soil. It’s hardy and adaptable, making it an excellent choice for low-maintenance yards and places with lots of foot traffic. Tall fescue can handle cold weather, heat, droughts and shade, and it doesn’t need much water. As long as the soil is well-drained, tall fescue doesn’t require a specific soil type in order to thrive. It also grows slowly, and tall fescue won’t invade your garden or flower beds. Colorado State University has pioneered a new variety of fescue called Turf-type tall fescue

When selecting the right grass for your lawn, it’s important to consider Denver’s unique climate and altitude. If you’d like to learn more about what type of grass grows best in Denver, contact us today. Our experts at American Arbor Care will help you to choose the right grass type for your yard’s needs.

8 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Arborist
americanarbor May 23, 2022

1. How Are Their Reviews?

As with any service provider, online reviews will tell the full story. A reputable company with plenty of gold stars beside its name has earned those reviews, and will be more likely to do a stand-up job. Read through the customer reviews to see how satisfied they were with the business’s response time, efficiency, and the quality of their work. 

2. Are They Insured?

It’s very important to hire an arborist that is insured. This protects both you, the homeowner, and the company itself when trees are being pruned or removed. Check to make sure your arborist has liability insurance that will cover any damage that occurs to your property when they’re working. Your arborist should also carry worker’s compensation insurance that will take care of any employees who are injured on the job. This insurance will also protect you from being sued. We also encourage homeowners to ensure they are aware of any liability waivers and their rights/as well as neighbor’s rights when it comes to plant material crossing/encroaching a property line.

3. Are They Licensed?

In order to obtain a Tree Service License in Denver, an arborist must pass a written test and a field test that prove that he or she can perform quality arbor care that is safe and efficient. Before hiring an arborist, make sure the company has the appropriate license for tree removal in your city. It’s completely acceptable to ask for a copy of their license.

4. Do They Have the Proper Credentials?

There are several different opportunities for training and certification available for arborists to pursue, so it’s a good idea to ask about them. Some of these include:

  • International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist
  • Board Certified Master Arborist
  • Qualified Supervisor License with the Colorado Department of Agriculture

Most impressively, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) provides membership to arborists who can pass extensive testing that covers all kinds of information on tree care and maintenance. If your arborist is a member of the ISA, you can rest assured that they’re experienced and educated on all things tree-related.

5. Can They Provide Referrals?

When shopping around for an arborist, ask them if they can provide a list of referrals? A company with a good reputation should be able to readily give you the contact information for a few happy customers. These references can give you more information about what kind of work to expect from the arborist along with their satisfaction level.

6. Can They Give You a Free Estimate? 

A qualified arborist will be happy to provide free estimates for the services you’d like them to complete. In fact, they should be able to deliver a detailed estimate in writing, so you can be crystal clear about what to expect. This will ensure that you don’t have surprises that pop up as they complete their work. Keep in mind that estimates are different from consultations or landscape plans, which can have fees associated. Be sure to clarify with your arborist what is included in the free estimate. 

7. Do They Have the Right Equipment? 

Ask the arborist about the equipment they have to perform the job. It’s important to know if they have heavy equipment like cranes to perform big jobs on large trees. A variety of available equipment will make it less likely that the company will cause damage to your property while they’re getting the job done. 

8. What Type of Training Have Employees Participated in? 

Denver only requires that one arborist at a tree service company has a Tree Service License. Because of this, it’s important to ask about the employees, and whether they’ve been properly trained to do quality work. Ask about their experience level and any certifications that the employees have obtained along with whether the company has a drug-free policy.

If you’d like more information about quality arbor care, contact us today. Our arborists at American Arbor Care are certified and passionate about tree care and we’ll get the job done safely, efficiently and to the highest standards.

The Best Seasons to Plant Trees in Denver
americanarbor April 20, 2022

Planting a tree will positively impact the world around you, and with careful planning, a new tree will likely outlive its owner. By carefully following a few steps, you can successfully plant a tree on your property that will benefit the health of your family and community for years to come. While mature trees can handle extreme temperatures, newly planted trees require mild weather so they can establish a strong root structure. Let’s look at the best season to plant a tree in Denver so it can grow and thrive year-round.

Plant in the Spring and Fall

Denver winters are cold, and temperatures can fluctuate greatly from October through April. Small trees don’t handle cold snaps well, and a sudden drop in temperature can kill a freshly planted tree quickly. That’s why experts agree that it’s best to plant trees in the spring. Spring temperatures remain mild and sunny, and this allows trees to get established in their new environment before winter hits. Fall is also a great time to plant trees, as the he weather is still warm enough for a tree to establish a solid root structure, so it can withstand the chilly winter weather over the following months.

Other Planting Tips

Planting a tree isn’t difficult, but it’s very important to do it correctly. In fact, Clemson University notes that nearly 50% of newly planted trees die within the first year, simply because the homeowner didn’t follow a few precautions. By considering a few steps, you’ll be able to plant a tree that grows and becomes a beautiful asset to your property.


Trees need plenty of space to grow and expand. This includes above the ground and below. Check to make sure there aren’t power lines or other structures nearby, and make sure you aren’t planting too close to your home’s foundation or other underground barriers. Your tree’s nursery tag will list its 10-year growth height, but it’s best to assume your tree will continue to expand even larger as it continues to grow. 

Additionally, you’ll want to consider:

  • Drainage: Make sure water won’t pool around the tree’s base, causing it to drown. 
  • Sun Exposure: Trees thrive in east-facing environments with a slight breeze, but depending on the type, many can handle harsher environments. 

Hole Size

Many homeowners make the mistake of digging a hole that isn’t the right size for their tree. When planting a new tree, it’s important to dig a hole that’s two to three times the diameter and no deeper than its root ball. If you plant the root ball too deep, the tree will drown. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly above ground level when it’s planted, and the flare should be about one inch above the ground when planting is complete. 

Watering Cycle

Correctly watering a freshly planted tree will determine whether it lives or dies. New trees need to be deeply watered so the roots can stretch and grow. Make sure you water slowly across the entire critical root zone. This includes the area from the tree’s trunk to the edges of its dripline. Consistently provide moisture to the ground so that a depth of 12 inches receives water. 

More than anything, consistency is key. Over and under-watered trees can become weak, and that leaves them vulnerable to disease and infestation. To help with consistency, you can add a layer of mulch around the tree’s base. The mulch helps to lock in moisture, aiding in root absorption.

Pruning and Fertilizing

Trees shouldn’t be pruned within the first year unless they have broken branches that need to be removed. Don’t prune your newly planted tree until it’s had time to establish a good root system over a few years. 

Additionally, it’s not usually necessary to fertilize a freshly planted tree. Save these steps for when your tree is a little hardier and has had a chance to settle into its new location.  
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of planting a new tree. By following a few steps, it’s very easy, and the benefits a tree provides are endless. If you’ve got questions, or if you’d like help planting a tree in Denver, our experts at AAC would be happy to assist you. Contact us for more information.

The Best Trees to Plant in Denver
americanarbor March 21, 2022

Bosnian Pine

The Bosnian Pine is a low-maintenance evergreen that is great for separating homesites and creating wind barriers. They grow best in zones 4 to 8, and they produce lovely bluish-purple cones that eventually turn brown. These trees can handle harsh winters and all kinds of soil, so they’re very easy to maintain, and they slowly grow to heights up to 30 feet and widths of 10 feet or more. You’ll need to make sure your Bosnian Pines are watered regularly, especially during very warm periods.

Kentucky Coffeetree

This extremely drought-resistant tree,  can adapt to all kinds of soils and it’s considered both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. They grow in zones 3 through 8 and can reach heights up to 75 feet tall and widths of 50 feet at maturity. These lovely trees produce greenish-white flowers as well as seed pods that are 5 to 10 inches long. The Kentucky coffeetree gets its name since the seed pods look like coffee beans. These trees also come in a variety called “Espresso” which are podless.  Many years ago, the trees were used to build railway sleeper cars.  It also 


Magnolia trees produce beautiful, sweet-smelling flowers, and they can grow in zones 4 through 9. They need well-drained soil to grow properly, and it’s important to protect them against late, flower-killing frosts as well as harsh winds that can cause them to dry out. These lovely trees can grow to widths of up to 40 feet, and they can live over 100 years if they’re well-cared for.  They come in a variety of flower colors and shapes/sizes.  Plant in a protected location and be sure to winter water.   These trees refer acid-loving fertilizer, with morning sun and afternoon shade. 

Eastern Redbuds

The Eastern Redbud is truly magnificent in the spring when its small magenta buds become vibrant pink flowers. The leaves are heart-shaped, and the trees also produce pods that remain throughout the winter months. It’s a hardy tree that can survive at -30°F at elevations below 6,000 feet. They do need to be planted at the east of the front range locations. They grow best in zones 4 through 9 and can reach heights up to 30 feet tall. Plant them in eastern-facing areas so they can utilize the building by them as protection. Water them regularly and keep a thick layer of mulch around the base to promote constant moisture to the roots.

Colorado Blue Spruce

It’s no surprise that the Colorado Blue Spruce is one of the most popular evergreens. The tree’s silver-tinted blue-green needles are stiff and prickly and light brown cones can be found hanging from its branches. These trees can thrive in many different types of soil, and they’re fairly tolerant of floods and droughts. They can grow in zones two through seven and can reach heights up to 75 feet tall.


This small tree has tiny clusters of flowers that bloom in the springtime, and produces berry-like fruit that birds love to eat. When fall arrives, the leaves explode into vibrant red and gold hues. Serviceberry trees grow best in zones four through eight, and prefer well-drained soil. Mature trees can grow up to 25 feet tall. This shrub / tree-form is a good plant for an under-canopy accent tree or near areas that tend to have good moisture. 

Autumn Brilliance

Also known as the Juneberry or Shadbush, the Autumn Brilliance is a variety of the above Serviceberry and is a native tree with a rich history. In fact, George Washington planted them on his property at Mount Vernon. They grow in zones three through nine, and need to be watered regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. In the early spring, these trees produce fragrant, white flowers and during the summer months, birds love to eat the berries that hang from their branches. Mature Autumn Brilliance trees can grow to 25 feet tall.

Tatarian Hotwings Maple

This small ornamental tree was discovered in Colorado, and they can grow up to 18 feet tall. They prefer moderate to dry soil, and can grow in zones four through ten. They produce unique scarlet-colored samaras (or helicopters) that stand out among the green leaves that grow on their branches.  These trees also stand out in the fall with beautiful seasonal colors. 

White Oak

White Oak trees are beautiful, large trees that can live for centuries. They can grow up to 80 feet tall in zones three through nine. These trees tolerate most soil types and can handle moderate droughts. They do not grow well in shallow or urban environments, since they produce a deep taproot. In autumn, these trees produce beautiful red and brown foliage before the leaves fall to the ground. The wood is used to build wine and whiskey barrels, and it was historically used to build the famous USS Constitution 

To learn more about what trees grow best in Denver, contact us at American Arbor Care.

Denver Landscaping Service Discounts End March 31!
americanarbor March 19, 2021

March 31 unofficially benchmarks the end of winter and the start of spring, regardless of the spring equinox and what Mother Nature might have to say. That’s when we focus determinedly on spring and summer and put away our winter gear. That’s when a Denver homeowner’s focus turns to landscaping. And more importantly – that’s also when American Arbor Care’s discounts on winter pruning and pre-paid annual lawn and tree service expire.

Pruning vs. Topping

Pruning removes specific branches or stems to benefit the entire tree. How a tree is pruned greatly affects its growth, form, vigor, and stability. Selective cutting (pruning) involves complete removal of a branch to the main stem or another lateral branch and maintains the tree’s general shape. It is performed with an eye toward maintaining the tree’s structural integrity and an aim to direct more light inside the crown. Because the cuts are made closer to the stem, they heal more rapidly. Pruning also stimulates growth over many growing points.

Topping consists of cutting off the top of a tree regardless of branch placement. It results in myriad new shoots that produce fast-growing sprouts. The new shoots look thick and bushy, but they’re structurally weak. Topping vastly reduces the tree’s crown, limiting its capacity for photosynthesis. Finally, the large wounds inflicted by topping may not heal before the wood begins to decay.

American Arbor Care’s certified arborists evaluate each tree before determining the need and extent of pruning. Your Denver tree service will provide an estimate for pruning service according to the needs of the tree, the property, and the client, and then perform that work in accordance with ANSI300 pruning standards.

The 10 percent discount on winter pruning service offered by American Arbor Care ends on March 31. If you have multiple tree and shrubs on your property that need to be pruned, that 10 percent discount can add up to a hefty chunk of change which you can earmark for other purposes.

Preventative Spraying

We have three types of spraying to prevent damage from a number of culprits – whether it is warding off insects or preventing weed growth, take advantage of these treatments:

  1. IPS engraver beetle spray for spruce or pine trees: Think of this as insurance for your tree’s health. Taking the step to spray your pine or spruce tree can ensure infestation does not occur even when the insects make an attempt. As an affordable treatment, this is an appropriate measure to take – some infestations can last for a long time, years even, creating major damage to your beautiful tree
  2. Pre-emergent fertilization and broadleaf weed control: March is the perfect time for pre-emergent weed control and fertilization, before the plants begin to germinate. If you are able to catch the weed growth prior to them producing seeds, it can control future growth and reproduction
  3. Pre-emergent treatments in mulched and rock bed areas: By applying pre-emergent treatments in mulch or rock beds, you can create a barrier for the prevention of future weed growth, and disallow the weeds from germinating and multiplying throughout the spring.

Year-Round Lawn Care

Taking advantage of the professional yard service provided by American Arbor Care enables homeowners to spend time enjoying their yards rather than working in their yards. You can engage American Arbor Care to provide a year of lawn care service that will make your yard the envy of the neighborhood and a place you want to spend your leisure time.
A year’s worth of service includes expert care for lawn to keep it in good health and looking its best, whatever the seasons bring us. If you have already signed up for pre-paid spray and lawn care services, your payment is due by March 31.
Not including golf courses, Americans spend an estimated $6.4 billion annually on lawn care. Five percent of that is $320 million. What’s your share of the savings and how will you spend it?

Take Advantage of Discounts While You Can

Save time, energy, and money by calling American Arbor Care at (303) 639-8584 to schedule a consultation and sign up for service before March 31.

Seasonal Shrub Pruning
americanarbor March 17, 2021

To ensure your shrubs are looking their best and produce full and plentiful flowers, it’s important to prune them at the right time of the season. Here are some guidelines for the best times to prune your shrubs.
Early Summer
Evergreen shrubs, such as yews, juniper, and boxwood should be trimmed in the early summer.  Flowering shrubs, such as forsythias and lilacs should be pruned for shaping or size control after flowering in the summer. Shrubs form buds for the next year’s flowers during the summer so it’s important that you don’t prune them after mid-summer.
Winter or Early Spring
Summer flowering perennials such as butterfly bush, snow hydrangea, and oleander are best pruned in the winter or early spring. However, if a limb is damaged from frost, make sure to cut them off your shrub as soon as possible.
Flowing annuals are best pruned in the fall because removing dead flowers as they start to wilt extends the flowering or can promote a second round of blossoms.
Pruning at different times in the year triggers different responses from a shrub. Before bud break, which is in late winter or early spring, is generally the best time to prune many species – it allows for the tissue to grow more rapidly. For spring blooming shrubs, however, pruning should be delayed until immediately after flowering so it doesn’t lack a floral display. More questions about when your shrub should be pruned? Call American Arbor Care, your Denver tree care experts.  

3 Tips for Planting Trees in Denver this Spring
americanarbor March 17, 2021

While it may seem like a simple, straightforward task to plant a tree, there are actually a few things to remember that can help promote better tree health and vitality. Here are the three most important things to remember when planting trees in Denver:

  1. Mind the depth you plant: Some types of soil will alter the depth in which you need to plant the tree’s root ball. If the soil is dense, thick, and clay-like, the root should be planted higher to the surface and even slightly above the ground level. Dryer sand-like soil can allow for a little deeper plant, about to the ground level. 
  2. Remove all extra materials: If the root ball has been wrapped, that material needs to be removed before planting. The tree roots will largely spread to the sides, so keep that in mind when choosing a planter or pot if you are planning on planting in an above-ground container. 
  3. Don’t overwater at the start: If can be easy to try to take extra care and make sure the tree has plenty of water, but overwatering will suffocate the air in the soil that the tree needs. Instead, check the perimeter of the soil of the plant hole and dig down a few inches. If the soil near the bottom has plenty of moisture, the tree does not require any more water. 

Check with your Denver tree care experts if you have questions about planting trees this spring.

The Effects of Storm Damage on Your Trees
americanarbor March 17, 2021

Affecting things much differently than freeze damage in the fall, the recent snow has caused major damage. While flowers and plants have felt the icy effects of the snow, shrubs and trees have experienced some damage as well. The snow and freeze breaks branches and limbs from trees, particularly affecting ash trees and trumpet vine. 

Affecting New Growth

As the trees have produced new baby leaves during the start of the warm weather, the freeze hurts them in a major way. Baby leaves are still very tender, and not hardy enough to handle the sting of the cold, causing them to wilt and blacken.

Proper Pruning

The measures taken last fall during the freeze are much different to those taken now. Talk to your Denver tree care specialists to learn more about how you can bring your trees and shrubs back to good health after the freeze. They can show you or perform the correct ways to prune or cut your trees and shrubs.

Something to remember: the experts suggest having your trees evaluated every 3-5 years to ensure proper maintenance and health.

Call American Arbor Care today to schedule an overdue evaluation and prolong the life within your trees.

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