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

We hope to see you there!

Denver Tree Service Reveals Potential Winter Weather Damages


January 17, 2018

Winter weather can be both beautiful and hazardous at the same time. The snowfall covering a landscape can create unreal scenes that are often difficult to duplicate as Mother Nature blankets the ground, plants and trees with frozen precipitation. Unfortunately, this serene environment is also accompanied by harsh travel conditions and the ill effects snow and ice can have to both man made and natural items.

Snow and ice can create power outages leaving individuals hoping for warmth in the bitter cold. A definite downfall to the picturesque scene painted above but one that occurs on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Not only can winter weather appear in the form of snow and ice, but extreme temperatures and excessive wind is typically also a component of the forcast. These conditions not only have an effect on everyday lives but can also damage the trees around your home.

Increased Weight

The weight of both snow and ice on tree limbs can cause their structural integrity to weaken. When this occurs the branch may succumb to the increased weight and part from the trunk of the tree. A variety of factors determine when this is a potential hazard, most notably the health of a tree prior to experiencing the winter weather. A healthy tree is more apt to support the weight of any snow or ice whereas a dead tree limb cannot hold near the same amount of weight.

Careful examination should be given to the path of branches in and around your home, especially any that may be over power lines, garages, carports, the home itself or other structures. Any of these conditions could spell disaster at the first sign of winter weather should a branch giveway to the weight of winter’s precipitation.

Dryness

Cold, dry, air affects plants and trees much the same as it does humans. Needing moisture to survive, trees can become increasingly dry during the winter months faced with cold conditions and exposed to the elements. In evergreens especially, their needles can become brown and begin to fall off when not receiving an appropriate amount of water to survive. While some steps can be taken to offer winter protection, prior planning is one of the best ideas.

If you’re in need of a winter weather preparedness inspection or just want to ensure you’ve done everything possible to protect those you love, possessions, and the environment - let the certified professionals 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.
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Denver Tree Services Include Storm Cleanup


November 28, 2017

As winter temperatures continue to drop, the more potential for storm damage shows on the horizon. Not only will these bothersome elements interrupt outdoor plans, force some early morning shoveling, and make for increasingly dangerous commutes - the storms can also cause damage to property depending on the severity. A combination of hard rains, hail, or snowfall softening the soil with strong winds can lead to downed trees both in and outside the city. Limbs and branches often become dislodged and weight plays a factor as well. If you happen to be the unfortunate victim of storm damage, Splintered Forest, a certified Denver tree service organization can help.

WEATHER PATTERNS

Not only can any degree of snowfall cause damage - especially combined with strong winds and large hail - but Denver's heavier winter snow falls can do a lot of damage to your trees. The weight of the snow can easily bring down limbs and some branches or cause damage to a tree’s trunk structure.

Regardless of the cause, if you suspect damage the best thing is to receive a professional opinion on the necessary steps. The Splintered Forest crew can assist in evaluating and assessing possible damage while providing knowledgeable procedures for the next steps moving forward. Take a look at the branches of your trees and what sits beneath them. If you aren't sure if the branch could support a lot of weight, or if it is situated above your home, garage, or car, you should take preventative actions and call Splintered Forest's crew.

TREES, LIMBS, BRANCHES

Whether the result is a mess of limbs, a few branches, or an entire tree - removal is made easier when professional help is available. Safety is extremely important and no home or business owner should risk their own health or causing further damage depending on each unique situation.

IMPORTANT CERTIFICATIONS

The Colorado State Forest Service offers some important tips to consider when hiring a tree contractor in their Storm Damage Quick Guide.

• Make sure they are part of an established business in the community with a listing in the phone book, usually under ‘Tree Service.’
• Ask to see current certificates of insurance showing that they are fully insured for property damage, personal liability and workers compensation.
• If possible, get more than one estimate to ensure that the price is competitive with that offered by others for the same services.
• In the case of tree removals, have a clear understanding about who removes the limbs and debris from the property, and whether the price includes stump removal and clean up.”

Businesses or groups should also be accredited by one or more of the following: American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), or the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).

ULTIMATE DECISION

If you are approaching the situation after damage has been assessed, an ultimate decision regarding the future of a damaged tree will be taken into account. Trees will either be kept, trimmed or pruned, put on hold to assess the severity of damage over time, or be removed completely.

Don’t be fooled by door-to-door salespeople armed with only a chainsaw expecting to profit from nature’s wrath. Let the certified professionals at Splintered Forest help with your tree and debris removal needs before they become a larger issue. The experts at Splintered Forest will be happy to provide you a free estimate for their services and can assist in a variety of ways. With offices in Denver and Evergreen, contact us today for any and all of your tree care needs. Submit photos of your trees online through our free virtual estimate to get an idea of how safe your space is. 
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Common Reasons for Tree Trimming in Denver


October 24, 2017

Trees serve a variety of purposes depending on their location, maturity and upkeep. For many reasons they are often considered either beneficial or hazardous based on their current state. Good upkeep of the trees on one’s land can serve the owner for years to come but improper maintenance can cause detrimental circumstances. For these reasons proper tree trimming needs to take place on a consistent basis.

Ensuring the overall quality of the tree and reducing the risk of breaking limbs, tree trimming can provide a variety of benefits. Further consideration will limit falls and other hazards during inclement weather. Making certain that those trees looming near buildings, roadways and fences are both safe and strong is extremely important.

Following are some common reasons to incorporate a strategy for proper tree trimming when a situation arises.

APPEARANCE

One of the most common reasons for thinning a tree's structure is based solely on appearance purposes. Landowners may wish to open up a particular area for more natural light or clear a view by trimming trees that are current obstructions.

Depending on the type of tree and usefulness, trimming can be beneficial by creating a more pleasing and desired appearance. For example, if using trees to provide a border or cover unsightly objects, trimming can help formulate a more uniform look to the property or landscape.

HEALTH

A less used reason but one that is just as important is for the overall health of the tree. Thinning the tree can result in increased air flow and sun exposure benefitting tree health. By extending the life of a tree its’ natural instinct and usefulness can be capitalized.

Often if a tree becomes the subject of disease or hazard, trimming can help alleviate any issues. For mature trees these diseases often only inhabit a portion of the entire unit and can be saved by eliminating only the diseased portion.

New trees should also be trimmed regularly to help manage the tree shape as it matures. Early consideration for a tree's’ health will be beneficial down the road.

PRODUCTION

Fruit trees need proper care in order to maintain a productive crop. As time passes if fruit trees are not cared for properly their crop production will decline considerably. However, proper tree trimming will allow for a bountiful harvest year after year. Learn more about training and pruning fruit trees.

SAFETY

Trees can be extremely dangerous under certain circumstances. Those trees that become overgrown, blocking views at intersections or on highways need to be given special consideration. By trimming these back proper sightlines will be maintained.

Further, trimming can help eliminate dead branches that may fall causing damage to the surrounding areas. If a tree is causing imminent danger, immediate care should be applied.

Take a look around your property and then let the professionals at Splintered Forest help with your tree trimming needs. The experts at Splintered Forest will be happy to provide you a free
estimate for their services and can assist in a variety of ways. With offices in Denver and Evergreen, contact us today for your tree needs.
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Stump Grinding Advantages with Denver Tree Services


September 27, 2017

Property views, whether from inside or as curb appeal, can quickly become unsightly if leftover tree stumps litter the yard. Trees are often felled for a variety of reasons and more often than not, the stump remnants are left to provide an immediate eye sore.
 
Not only will tree stumps cause immediate visual animosity but expect those feelings of contempt to only increase as weeds inevitably grow from among the former tree. Also, stumps produce tripping hazards for anyone enjoying the lawn while taking up necessary space.
 
Further, a new close to the ground environment has now been created for insects and other wildlife (i.e. snakes) to enjoy. The best idea is to get rid of such a damaging component in your yard immediately, but how?
 
Professional stump grinding provides the ultimate solution.

COST EFFECTIVE

 
Do-it-yourself methods of removing tree stumps, even small ones, require some type of cost. An individual must either rent or purchase the tools necessary for removal in addition to any chemicals being administered.
 
Further, the time involved with most at-home methods expands the course of at least a month with no proven guarantee of even ridding the landscape of the desired stump. All of these in essence are associated in the cost of personal removal, not to mention the manual labor component - a totally separate subject.
 
Professional removal takes place quickly for one price with no assistance needed from the landowner. All things considered, knowing a one-stop-shop price for complete removal is an extremely more cost effective method for ridding your yard of any stumps.

SAFETY

 
Another area of concern versus personal removal revolves around safety. Even if an individual owns or can rent the necessary tools for ridding a yard of an unsightly stump, will he or she receive appropriate training? Are they also provided the recommended safety equipment? Will they use it?
 
Call a professional instead of taking matters into your own hands and jeopardizing the safety of you and your family. Professionally trained and outfitted with the proper safety gear, making the phone call is an easy decision when considering the dangers of tree removal.

RECYCLE

 
Stump grinding produces a mulched component which can easily be repurposed anywhere on site. Instead of buying (another cost effective component) new mulch, let the process of stump disposal create a fresh ground covering provided by your own land.

IMPACT

 
Other methods of tree stump removal produce holes where the stump was originally located. Extra dirt must then be added to generate a useable surface without also beginning the remnants of another potential trip hazard on site.
 
Professional removal requires no extra soil or dirt and the memory of a stump will be all that remains.
If unsightly tree stumps are causing problems on your property then let the professionals at Splintered Forest help with your removal needs. The experts at Splintered Forest will be happy to provide you a free estimate for their services and can assist in a variety of ways. With offices in Denver and Evergreen, contact us today for any and all of your tree needs.
 
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