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The Dangers of Tree Removal in Denver


February 8, 2017

Do you think it’s time to remove a tree in your yard? If so, you may be wondering why it’s necessary to call a professional. If you know your way around a few power tools, shouldn’t you be able to handle it on your own? Absolutely not! Here are just a few of the dangers of performing a tree removal in Denver without the help of a professional:

Gravity

We all know, what goes up must come down—and trees are no exception. Even if you are skilled enough to safely cut through the tree, it’s incredibly difficult to control where the tree will fall, which is why you should rely on professionals to handle this task. If a tree falls in the wrong direction, it could cause serious damage to your house, your neighbor’s house, power lines or even innocent bystanders who don’t see it coming.

Equipment

To safely perform a tree removal in Denver, you will need certain equipment that most homeowners don’t have lying around, which is why they contact an expert. Besides a chainsaw used to cut through the tree, you will also need protective gear for every part of your body, ropes, chains and wood chippers. Even if you were to rent this equipment, it can be difficult to handle if you’re not experienced with it, so always ask a professional for help. Learn about OSHA recommendations for tree care professionals.

Power Lines

Any time you have to perform a tree removal in Denver near a power line, there is a lot of risk involved. If you, the tree or even just a tool runs into a power line, you could knock out the electricity for your house and your neighbors. Even worse, you could be fatally electrocuted. Some homeowners believe if there is black coating around the power lines, it means they are insulated and no longer a danger, but this is not true. Any power line could be live and incredibly dangerous, so don’t try to remove a tree without getting your local tree service involved.

Decayed Wood

It’s hard for the untrained eye to know whether a tree is decaying on the inside or not. If it is, removing the tree can be extremely difficult, since it is most likely unstable. In fact, the more decay that is present inside the tree, the closer the tree could be to collapsing. But, a trained professional will be able to spot a tree with a decaying interior and safely remove it from your yard.

If you do need a tree removal in Denver, who should you call? Splintered Forest is a Colorado's Premier Forestry Crane Service and are committed to delivering the best service in the industry. Brad Huddleston, the owner, has been in the business for 13 years and started operating as Splintered Forest in 2004. The crew has grown to include ISA Certified Arborists, experienced tree climbers and expert tree fellers. Contact us today to schedule your free, no obligation estimate for your next tree removal project. 
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Join Us at the Colorado Garden and Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center!


January 27, 2017

Splintered Forest is proud to have an exhibitor booth at the upcoming Colorado Garden and Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center February 4 - 12. Use this coupon to receive $2 off your entry fee and come visit us at Booth #1371!

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For more information about the show, visit http://coloradogardenfoundation.org/colorado-garden-home-show

We hope to see you there!

Using a Crane for Tree Removal in Denver


January 12, 2016

When it comes to tree removal in Denver and throughout the Colorado region, cranes can provide some much needed ease in the process. It can be impossible to properly trim a tree without a crane, but there are some types which actually offer higher degrees of safety for the individuals performing the job. Generally, most homeowners would imagine a cherry-picker type of crane configuration, but are not familiar with alternatives like Gerasimek’s Tree-mek.

What is a Tree-Mek?

Safety is paramount for tree removal, and it is a notoriously dangerous industry for those performing the work. Gerasimek’s Tree-mek eliminates a lot of these issues by offering a crane and tree removal option which eliminates the need for an individual up in the air. This type of crane is operated completely from the ground - using a remote control. This unique tool offers a higher degree of safety for this reason, and also helps keep cleanup necessities to a minimum.

How Does the Tree-Mek Function?

At the top of the crane arm, the Tree-mek has a saw which can latch onto the tree and cut through extremely quickly. Once the saw is attached to the tree, it also alleviates the concern of falling tree parts, as it holds onto the now unattached portion and allows you to safely lower it to the ground. With the sometimes unpredictable falling of tree branches or portions of the trunk, having control over when and where things end on the ground makes the process much less risky in terms of potential damage to your property.

Other than the obvious increase in safety precautions, another added benefit of tree removal using the Tree-mek is the options and opportunity for getting into hard to reach areas of the tree. The maneuvering and rotation of the saw allow us to wirelessly manipulate things into specific formations and make more accurate cuts.

When Is Tree Removal Necessary?

It can be difficult for homeowners to know or catch warning signs of trees which require removal, so it is always better to check in with a professional tree service company before making any moves. Generally, trees need to be removed due to property or infrastructure damage, disease, or posing potential threat in the future. Let the experts make the ultimate decision if you are considering tree removal on your property - they will be able to identify the need as well as follow all guidelines laid out by the state or city to ensure you abide by the laws in place.


Have additional questions about your specific scenario? Our team of professionals can assist in determining the best course of action for you and your property. We provide a range of services, from full tree removal to trimming or stump grinding. Utilize the expertise of one of Colorado’s most trusted tree services. Splintered Forest is a leading tree services company based in Evergreen, Colorado that is committed to providing the best service in the industry. Give us a call at 303.819.9840 or contact us now.
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The Importance of Fire Mitigation and Evergreen Tree Services


December 14, 2016

When it comes to Evergreen tree services, fire mitigation is something that always needs to be considered. The Rocky Mountain area altogether has a higher risk of wildfires. In fact, some insurance companies are asking companies to consider fire mitigation to help reduce the risk of their home being destroyed. Learn more about fire mitigation and how it can protect your home in the event of a wildfire.
 

What is Fire Mitigation?

Fire mitigation can be completed on your property to lower the risk of damage in the event of a wildfire. With the increasing amount of homes and businesses built in the wilderness, it is easier for structures to be destroyed. Fire mitigation services review the area to remove any fuels or flammable materials. During this process, debris, tall grass, weeds, dead branches, leaves, wood, shrubs, etc. will also be removed. By removing all of these from your property, you reduce the risk of a wildfire taking over the area.
 

Creating Defensible Space

Next, a tree service company will create a defensible space around the home. Defensible space is a perimeter around the home where trees and other areas are susceptible to wildfire. This process removes vegetation and other areas that may easily be taken by a wildfire. This process also may include the removal of trees, trimming of branches, or other means to reduce risk.
 

Types of Defensible Space Zones

There are three types of zones in terms of defensible space. These areas should be taken care of during the fire mitigation process. The first zone is the perimeter around the home. Typically it is about 30 feet around the borders of your house. All other efforts ensure this space is as safe as possible. The second zone is a middle area that is roughly 100 feet in diameter around a building. The third zone is the furthest area of the defensible space. This would be the initial area that would be affected during a wildfire.
 

Preparing for Wildfires

As a Colorado resident, you should be aware of the risks of a wildfire. The wildfire season usually lasts each year throughout September but it is urgent to be vigilant year round. One of the most important things you can do to prepare is to gather a fire kit in case of emergency. Ready.gov’s Emergency Supply List covers everything you need to have in the event of a forest fire. It is also important to invest in fire mitigation and creating a defensible space around your home. You can also stay on top of the latest Colorado incidents from InciWeb.  It will give you real-time updates for the latest fires in Colorado.
 
As you prepare your home to combat wildfires, read more in the blog “What is a Defensible Space Plan?” You can count on Splintered Forest to help protect your home against a wildfire. Our team is committed to helping keep you and your home safe. Owner Brad Huddleston knows first hand the devastating effects as he lost his home to a fire in 2000. After that experience, he set out to make sure homeowners don’t fall victim to losing their homes. Get a free estimate now and get started and protect you and your family.
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Conifer CO Tree Services: Tips For the Winter Season


November 30, 2016

Every season brings new challenges for your trees, and winter is no exception. Now that the cold weather is upon us, it’s time to learn how to care for your trees during the winter season. Here are some tips from Splintered Forest, your go-to Conifer, CO tree service:
 

Avoid Salt When Possible

If snow or ice starts to accumulate around the base of your trees, your instinct may be to throw some salt on top of the pile. But, salt can damage your tree more than the ice or snow can, so it’s best to leave these areas alone.
 

Avoid the Impulse to Shake Branches

When you see ice beginning to build up on your tree’s branches, resist the urge to shake those branches! Ice can cause your tree’s branches to become brittle, therefore even a gentle shake could cause the branch to snap. If ice is collecting on top of your tree’s branches, don’t take any action, but if snow is building up, try to gently sweep it off using your (gloved) hands or a broom.
 

Use Mulch When Possible

Trees receive water from their roots, but when the ground begins to freeze as temperatures drop, the water supply can essentially be cut off. If the tree is no longer able to obtain water from the roots, it won’t be able to survive. Don’t let this happen to your trees during the winter! Prepare for the cold months by hydrating your tree’s roots before temperatures begin to plummet. How? Put mulch around the base of your trees. Mulch helps the soil retain moisture, which will come in handy when the water supply begins to dwindle during the winter.
 

Prune Early

Because branches are more vulnerable during the winter, it’s important to be proactive during the end of the fall season. Work with a tree services company that can identify which branches will be at risk during the winter. The tree professional can prune back these branches to protect your tree all season long.
 

Protect Against Animals

Mice and rabbits may begin to feed on your tree’s bark during the winter when it’s more difficult for them to find food elsewhere. There are a number of repellants you can apply directly to your tree to protect it from animals, but if you don’t want to use chemicals, there are some natural alternatives. To keep pests out, buy tree trunk mesh from your local hardware store and wrap it around the base of the trunk. Learn more about how to protect a tree trunk with mesh.
 
Do you need help prepping your trees for winter? Splintered Forest is a leading tree service business proudly serving residents in the mountain communities. The owner, Brad Huddleston, has been in the tree service industry for over 13 years and started operating as Splintered Forest in 2004. The crew has grown over the years to include ISA Certified Arborists, experienced tree climbers and expert tree fellers to offer our customers the best service possible. Contact us today to schedule your free, no obligation estimate. 
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