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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.

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February 14, 2018

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Tree Removal in Denver: Can Tree Stumps Stay?

April 17, 2018

If you are planning on contacting a professional to schedule a tree removal in Denver, you will have to decide whether you want him to remove the tree stump as well. Although there is typically an extra charge associated with grinding the stump of a tree, it’s always recommended that you do so. Why? Here are some of the many reasons:

Stumps can ruin the look of your landscaping.

Have you spent a lot of time perfecting the landscaping design in your yard? If so, you may not want to ruin the way your yard looks by keeping an unattractive stump. Some stumps can be an eyesore—especially if they are large and in a noticeable location—so keep this in mind when making this decision.

People can get hurt.

Stumps aren’t only unattractive, but they can also be dangerous. If you have young children, they may accidentally trip over or run into the stump when running and playing in your yard. This can lead to painful bruises, bumps, and scratches, all from that pesky stump.

People aren’t the only ones who can suffer because of the stump. If you’re not careful when mowing your lawn, you could damage the lawn mower if it comes into contact with the stump or its roots.

It makes yard work harder.

It’s much harder to do yard work when you have to navigate around obstacles, and a tree stump is one more obstacle that you will have to be mindful of when working in your yard. For example, you may have to use a landscape edger around the perimeter of the stump to cut the growth of grass and other plants. This is just one more thing you will have to do to maintain your lawn—all because you decided to keep the tree stump.

Stumps attract insects.

The wood of the tree stump will continue to slowly decay for months after the tree is removed. During this time, it will attract various bugs, including termites, ants, and beetles. If the tree stump is located close to your home, you may soon be welcoming these little bugs inside your house, which is why it’s best to get rid of the stump as soon as possible.

Stumps are vulnerable to diseases.

Stumps also tend to be more vulnerable to diseases than full-grown trees. If a stump in your yard is diseased, it’s possible the disease could spread to other trees nearby, creating a major problem that will require the help of a professional to fix. Learn about 3 common tree diseases homeowners should know about.

Do you need tree stumps removed from your yard? Or do you need to remove a tree and grind the stump? Splintered Forest is a leading tree service business proudly serving residents in both the mountain communities and the Denver Metro Area. The crew has grown over the years to include ISA Certified Arborists, Certified Treecare Safety Professionals (CTSP), 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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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).


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.