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Tree and Lawn FAQs





1. Is there a cost for a quote?

All of our quotes are free of charge, call our office or Click Get a Free Quote and we can arrange to have a representative provide a straight forward, itemized quote.


2. How long does It take to receive an quote?

Most quotes take 1 to 3 business days. If you would like to be present, an estimator can schedule a time window that's convenient for you. 


Pruning and Care


1. Why do my trees need to be pruned?

Trees need to be pruned for many reasons including: safety, aesthetics and tree health. Trees grow in a way that's ideal for an "in the wild" setting, that most often doesn't go well with an urban or suburban setting.



2. When's the best time of year to prune my trees?

The majority of trees can be pruned year round, a handful are recommended to be pruned in the winter ( after the leaves have dropped for winter ) to avoid disease in trees such as Pear, Apple and Hawthorne.



3. Can you prune in the winter? Are you able to see what to remove?

It takes a trained eye of an experienced arborist to prune in the winter. Signals such as the bark color, buds or even the shape of a branch are some of the many indications that a branch may need to be removed.



4. What's the typical cost of a tree service?

Cost always varies which is dependent on the size of tree, what obstacles are under the canopy, such as decks, and also how much work within the tree is needed.


5. How can I proactively reduce the cost of pruning my trees?

There are many ways that people try to reduce the cost to maintain their landscape, such as having a company remove a couple branches at a time or trimming half of the tree, this route will always cost more. There is a cost with every tree company for travel time, climbing a tree and also cleaning up the ground from the work that was done . Knocking out all of the trimming in one trip will save! Budgeting may need to be done beforehand, but you could potentially save hundreds of dollars in added costs. Also pruning more often can help catch potentially expensive costs early such as liability damage from low branches over the street or roof repair costs from rubbing branches. 



Tree and Shrub Planting and Installation


1. When to plant trees and shrubs?

With the harsh and dry winter In Colorado and also nursery stock availability, the better time to plant is in spring about the end of May.

2. How can I cut future cost when it comes to my landscape?

The decision of which variety of plant being installed and also placement of plants throughout your landscape is important to cutting future cost of maintenance. Contact our team for help or if you have any questions 😊 read below.


2A. Decision on what variety should be planted:

The Nursery label is the best tool to use in this decision.


Is this plant prone or resistant to drought, insects and disease in my area?


Does this variety of plant fruit or have needles that are hard to keep up after?


Will this tree grow to an unmanageable size?


Hardiness Zone? Denver can swing between 4-5 hardiness zone in winter.


These are all questions that should be asked when picking a variety. Another good rule is to pick a plant that doesn't grow too quickly. A plant that can't keep growth under control will grow fast whether the region its in can support it or not, eventually getting to a size where it will have dieback or even die completely. 

3B. Decision of the perfect placement in the yard 

Placement in the landscape is also a very good idea to mull over.


Will this plant outgrow the area?


Will it eventually touch the house or powerlines?


Will this plant survive the abundance of water (along a river or often flooded soil like a water retention area) or lack of water in the area (on a large hill or a xeriscaped area)?



Tree and Shrub Removal

1. What's the average cost to remove a tree?

The cost to remove a tree in Colorado can vary greatly. A smaller tree is about $100 to $300+ to remove depending on the location. With a larger tree, obstacles such as sheds, roofs, wires and decks can affect the overall cost; a medium tree is around $300 to $700+ to remove depending on the location and obstacles under the canopy.

Larger trees, such as a mature Cottonwood or Maple, can be more difficult to remove and in some cases may require a crane to remove which is an added cost. A large tree is around $700 all the way up to several thousands of dollars depending on the location and obstacles under the canopy. Call our office or Click Request a Quote and we can arrange to have a representative provide you with a free itemized quote.

Lawn Care

1. How height should I cut my Lawn?

3.5" inches or longer. Mowing shorter than 3.5 inches runs the risk of scalping, hitting sprinkler heads and even affecting the grass negatively. Mowing longer than 3.5" creates an environment for the grass to grow very fast, so fast that a mow a week probably wont do it if you keep it at that height for a month or 2.


2. How Much should I water my lawn?

Deeper and less frequently. When changing a water schedule,  keep in mind that your lawn will respond to water in different ways. 


More frequent / short timed / shallow watering ( more than every 2 days ) will tell the turf to keep roots close to the surface, because that's where the water is sitting. This is good to support a new lawn, but not great long term. Shallow roots dry out quicker and will be more prone to browning and disease; especially when water isn't available in winter. 


Less frequent / longer timed / deep watering  (less than every 3 to 4 days) will tell your lawn to seek out water deeper in the soil, leaving it more capable to care for itself when it gets hot. Turf is very active in spring monsoon, so use this time of year to really stretch out watering to once a week or even longer. A lawn with trained roots will have more ability to take care of itself even through winter dormancy. Note: Always tune up your irrigation and follow city or county watering restrictions and guidelines when watering.

3. Should I fertilize my Lawn?

Available nutrients are one of the most important thing that can help your lawn. turf is constantly being put to the test with Colorado's harsh elements, nutrients and water is the way to go to combat this damage.

4. I have a Fungus or something on my lawn, Treatment?

There are many "good and bad guys" in every lawn. One of these "bad guys" has come to the surface and wreaked havoc on your lawn. What is it? Insect? Fungus? Chemical treatment may come to mind first, but treating your lawn may only suppress these secondary problems without actually solving the primary problem; leaving you with a less quality lawn. Your lawn will be more capable to fight off disease and drought in a few simple steps.


Is the sprinkler schedule watering too many times during the week? Disease loves a lawn that is always wet or stressed.


Is the sprinkler system not coming on and watering the amount it should? Drought stress can appear like damage from some diseases too.


Is there too much dead grass or thatch covering up green grass? Removing manually or dethatching with a machine once in spring also helps.


Mower blade dull and ripping the grass rather than cutting? This will cause brown at the top of grass blade.


There are many reasons why a lawn wont green up, a little detective work down at the grass level should uncover some fairly simple and straightforward answers to your "browning" questions.


General Questions

1. What is an arborist? What do they do?

Trees can look the same to a homeowner, but arborists have a trained eye to see what an individual tree may need, even from a far.


What do arborists do exactly? They've been called by many names such as tree surgeons or a tree doctors.  An arborist is a professional who's focus is on the health and safety of individual plants, tree care and also the management and study of individual trees, shrubs, and vines.




2. What's a "Right of Way"?

A right-of-way (ROW) is a strip of land (Such as a strip of grass between the sidewalk and street) where some of the property is deemed use for utilities, future improvements or even preservation of city trees.  

8.GQ What is an arborist? What do they do?
5.TR What's the average cost to remove a tree?
2.PC What's the typical cost of a tree service?
1.PC When's the best time of year to prune my trees?
3.TP When to plant trees and shrubs?
4.TP How can I cut future cost when it comes to my landscape?
7.LC When should I fetilize my lawn?
6.LC How short should I cut my grass in the summer?

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