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Dead Silver Maple in Your Yard? Call Us About Tree Removal in Denver

August 1, 2018

If you’ve got a dead tree in your yard, such as a Silver Maple, it’s almost always a good idea to remove it. Especially if it’s a big tree, your best bet is to call a tree removal company in Denver.

This can be a difficult decision sometimes; people often develop attachments to trees—particularly big or old ones—and it can be an emotional experience to see it chopped down, dug up, and taken away. But there can be a lot of problems surrounding a dead tree that people often don’t consider. If a tree such as a Silver Maple is diseased or dying in a natural area, such as a forest, it can be left alone without worry about what it might damage. A tree located in a yard, however, might pose a danger to property and it might be an open invitation to pests.

Let’s take a look at what questions you should ask yourself in determining that it’s a good idea to remove a dead Silver Maple or other tree from your yard.

Does the Tree Have Trunk Damage?

If there is trunk damage, such as cracks and seams, this means there was internal decay of the tree and it is more susceptible to falling.

Is the Tree Trunk Hollow?

If so, this is an open invitation to insects and rodents. It might not sound like a bad idea if rats take up residence in your dead tree, but if they run out of food outside, they might turn to the inside of your home in search for more.

Does It Have Large Branches?

Large branches on a dead tree can snap with ease in the event of a large wind or snowstorm. What lies beneath the tree could well be damaged.

Is the Tree Near Power Lines?

A dead tree that is near power lines is an accident just waiting to happen. The branches could fall on the power lines and knock out the power to your entire neighborhood.

Is the Tree Near Any Structures?

If a large dead tree has branches that hang over your house or garage—or your neighbor’s house or garage—this could cause a lot of property damage in the event of a branch coming down. With Splintered Forest’s expertise, you can get the tree down before it causes damage.

And even worse than property damage: a falling branch hits a person who just happens to be walking in the wrong place at the wrong time. In either case, you as a homeowner will be responsible for the damage and/or medical bills. 

Do you need a dead Silver Maple or other tree removed from your yard? Splintered Forest is a leading tree service company proudly serving residents in the Denver Metro Area and neighboring communities, including Evergreen. Our crew includes ISA certified arborists, former wildland firefighters, experienced tree climbers, and expert tree fellers who work hard to give our customers the best service possible. Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate in the Denver area or in Evergreen.

Denver Tree Service Offers County Approved Defensible Space Inspections

July 4, 2018

Wildfires are becoming a prevalent danger to the United States resulting in millions of dollars from damages, ruining people’s lives and at times resulting in loss of life. Making necessary provisions before being faced with a disaster is one way to aid in keeping these fires under control and slowing their rate of spreading when and if one does begin to burn.
A common and necessary component used in this fight is ensuring an appropriate defensible space around a residence or structure in a fire prone area. By understanding the benefits of creating a space, which is now legally required in certain areas, home and landowners can do their part to rest easy knowing their possessions are compliant. While no one can predict when and where a fire will burn or the resulting path, these steps provide a good plan of action in anticipation of a potential disaster.
Defensible space is the area surrounding a home or business that has been adjusted to reduce the risk of fire hazard. While nothing is 100-percent effective in preventing damage with an unpredictable fire, this is one way to protect your home from wildfire.
When purchasing a new property, moving or making modifications to existing structures, the resulting impacts and potential fire hazards should be considered. Regardless of if you live in an area prone to forest fire or not, knowing you can reduce the risk surrounding a possession while adding some protection is important. For these reasons, some places like Jefferson County, Colorado have required a defensible space inspection and permit to be issued in each of the following circumstances.

Building a New Dwelling

Before construction or any new development, a defensible space permit is now required. This way, any tree removal or other potential hazards can be cleared prior to building.

Replacing an Existing Dwelling

Even an existing structure potentially “grandfathered in” without a required inspection will be subject to a permit prior to replacement.

Making An Addition of 400 Square Feet or More

The third and final issuance of a permit following a certified inspection requires additions to existing structures. Whether initially certified or not, any modifications or expansions larger than 400 square feet require a new inspection.
If you’re in need of a defensible space inspection or just want to ensure you’ve done everything possible to protect those you love, possessions, and the environment - let the certified and Jefferson County approved inspector or any other professional at Splintered Forest help. They can assist with any and all of your tree trimming and debris removal needs, including items other than foliage if the situation warrants. Hauling and removal of both limbs and appliances, in addition to skid steer services are all offered by the trained professionals willing and ready to assist you.

The experts at Splintered Forest will be happy to provide you a free estimate for their services and can aid in a variety of ways. With offices in Denver and Evergreen, contact us today for any and all of your tree care needs.

Tree Removal in Denver: Why You Shouldn’t Leave a Dead Russian Olive Tree in Your Yard

May 15, 2018

Introduced into the United States in the early 1800s by Russian Mennonites, the Russian olive tree quickly became accepted as an ornamental in many northern states. Today, it is recommended as a good shrub to serve as windbreaks or as wildlife habitat in some locations. But even as hearty as this tree is, if you have a dead one in your yard, it’s time to call your tree removal service in Denver because as with most dead trees, it’s never a good idea to leave them where they are.

Why Russian Olive Trees Die

The most common reason for the demise of these trees is fungi. Verticillium wilt is a common disease that is caused by fungi that invade the tree through its root system, spreading through the sap of the tree. It causes the leaves to wilt before branches dry out.

The best way to avoid fungi is to plant your Russian olive tree in an area that has good soil and good drainage. Regular fertilizer treatments will help to keep it healthy, as will pruning as needed.

If you lose a Russian olive tree, it’s important to never plant a new Russian olive tree in the same spot. You’ll more than likely lose that tree to the same fungus you lost the original one. (For more detailed information on this species of tree, read this article by the folks at Northern State University.)

Why You Must Remove Dead Trees

Many of us become emotionally attached to a beautiful tree in our yard, and it’s sad when a tree doesn’t make it. But the fact is, a dying or dead tree can be a real danger—to the other foliage in your yard as well as nearby structures. There is also a risk of a large branch snapping off and falling on top of a person, so your family’s safety is also at stake.

Dead trees also attract pests—both insects as well as rodents. Depending on the tree’s location, these pests might make the move into your house at some point so it’s best not to invite them in the first place.

Although some people will attempt to remove a dead or dying tree themselves, it’s best to call in a professional tree service to remove the tree. Most people don’t have the tools or the skills necessary to safely remove a large tree.

If you have a dead or dying tree in your yard, whether it is a Russian olive or any type of tree, don’t try to deal with it yourself. Let the certified professionals at Splintered Forest help. They can assist with any and all of your Denver tree removal needs, including items other than foliage if the situation warrants. Hauling and removal of both limbs and appliances, in addition to skid steer services are all offered by the trained professionals willing and ready to assist you. The experts at Splintered Forest will be happy to provide you a free estimate for their services and can aid in a variety of ways. With offices in Denver and Evergreen, we can serve most areas in and outside of the metro area.

Denver Tree Service: Why You Shouldn’t Leave a Dead Cottonwood Tree in Your Yard

April 3, 2018

Native to Colorado, cottonwood trees are considered one of the state’s iconic trees. Cottonwood trees provide plenty of shade from the bright Front Range and eastern plains sunshine, but they also come with some issues that can warrant the need for a Denver tree service. Their branches are easily broken, and their roots grow aggressively and can be damaging to buildings and walkways.

Because they grow fast, they don’t live very long—usually just about 50 years or so. When a cottonwood dies, it might be tempting to simply leave it in your yard. But that is the last thing you should do. (Do you want to learn more about these towering structures in Colorado? Read more about cottonwood trees here.)

Let’s take a look at why you should not leave a dead cottonwood tree—or any kind of dead tree for that matter—on your property.

A Dead Tree Attracts Pests

A dead tree is the perfect place for pests to set up camp. Not only do you risk termites and other wood-attracted insects settling in, but there are animals that might seek out the tree as well. Rodents such as rats have been known to create nests in dead trees. Rats who get hungry enough might decide to invade your home.

A Dead Tree Can Fall

A dead cottonwood tree is no longer a strong structure, and there is a real possibility that it could fall. There is no way to predict when it falls or which direction it will fall in. The risk of it falling onto a structure or power line is very real. And although there is a slim chance it would fall on top of a person who is walking by, that chance isn’t zero by any means. Because the tree is on your property, you will be liable for any damage or injury it might cause. This is just not worth the risk.

A Dead Tree Can Be Risky to the Health of Your Other Trees

If the cottonwood died of a disease, it could impact the healthy trees in your yard since tree disease is contagious. If the dead tree develops mold or mildew, this can also pass along to your other trees and plants, ruining your entire landscape in one fell swoop.

A Dead Tree Is an Eyesore

Your yard is most likely a source of pride, and a dead tree is just not visually appealing. Having a dead tree in your yard can harm the curb appeal of your home and cause your property to lose value. It could impact the value of other properties along your street as well.

If you have a dead cottonwood on your property, you now know that it’s important to have it removed. The experts at Splintered Forest will be happy to provide you a free estimate for their services, and they can also help with any other tree trimming needs you might have. With offices in Denver and Evergreen, wherever you might be in the metro area, you can contact us today for your tree needs.

Join Us at The 2018 Colorado Garden & Home Show

February 14, 2018

Splintered Forest is proud to have an exhibitor booth at the upcoming Colorado Garden & Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center February 24 - March 4th. Use this coupon to receive $2 off your entry fee and come visit us at Booth #1373!

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