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Reasons Why Dead Tree Removal in Denver is So Important


July 7, 2017

When the trees in your lawn are alive, they can make your entire home look more beautiful. But, when trees begin to die, it is imperative that they are removed right away. Why is dead tree removal in Denver so important? Here are some of the many reasons:

Unattractive

The most obvious reason to remove dead trees from your lawn is because they are an eyesore. Dead trees don’t have the same majestic elegance that living trees do. Having a dead tree in your lawn could distract from the rest of your beautiful landscaping, so it’s best to remove it immediately to improve the curb appeal of your home.

Potential Dangers

On top of being unattractive, a dead tree can also be dangerous. The branches of a dead tree will begin to weaken over time, which means even a small gust of wind could cause one of the branches to come loose and fall onto your home or car. Even worse, one of these branches could fall and hurt someone who is on your property. 
 
The branches aren’t the only thing that can fall—the entire tree is actually at risk of toppling over once it begins to die. As a tree dies, the inside of it begins to decompose, which weakens the trunk and makes the entire tree less stable. Eventually, the trunk will become so weak that it will crack at the base of the tree and fall onto its side. If a tree’s branch could damage your property or injure someone, imagine what could happen if the entire tree fell down. Because of this, it’s best to have dead trees removed as soon as possible.

Pests

Rodents, termites, and other pesky creatures may make themselves at home inside a dead tree. Once they’re inside the dead tree, they can easily travel the short distance to your home. If you don’t want to deal with an infestation of rodents or bugs, get rid of dead trees as soon as you spot them in your lawn.

Tree Diseases

Do you know why the tree died? If the tree was affected by a disease, it’s even more important to remove it right away. Why? Tree diseases, just like many diseases that affect humans, are contagious and can be transferred from tree-to-tree. If you don’t remove the dead tree, the disease that killed it could slowly infect other trees throughout your lawn. This means you will have to spend more on removing all of the infected trees and updating your landscaping, so act quickly to avoid these extra costs. Read this guide to infectious tree diseases for more information.
 
Do you need a tree removed from your yard? Splintered Forest is a leading tree service company proudly serving residents in the Denver Metro Area and neighboring communities. The crew includes ISA Certified Arborists, former firefighters, experienced tree climbers and expert tree fellers that strive to offer our customers the best service possible. Contact us today to schedule your free, no obligation estimate.
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Tree Removal in Denver and Ideas to Repurpose Wood in Your Home


April 26, 2017

There are many reasons you may need to have a tree removed. At times, diseased or dying trees will need to be removed to ensure there is no damage to the house itself. Also, there are safety issues involved and otherwise perfect trees must be removed. If you must remove trees around your home, consider repurposing wood! You could use it in a variety of ways from furniture to shelving and keep elements of your once tall trees in your Denver home.

Table and Chairs

Transforming and repurposing old wood into a table is a fantastic way to add a custom style in your home. Depending on the style of your home, you can make or have a table made to fit. For farmhouse or traditional homes, consider a table made completely of wood. Create a long wooden table paired with a gorgeous color stain that helps it fit with other colors in the room. For modern or contemporary homes, consider a wood top with a metal or pipe bottom and legs. This unique style will stand out and provide flair to your home. Pair it with a pair of custom made wooden chairs. In addition to chairs, consider making wooden stools of your repurposed wood, or add a bench on one side of your table.  Have a large backyard? Consider adding a picnic table or chairs made from your old tree’s wood!

Cabinets and Shelving

Can you ever have enough storage space? Repurposing wood as a cabinet or shelf is a great addition to your home! Plus, you will have complete control and can build or have something build perfectly for an area. For instance, choose a corner cabinet to store dishes, essentials, supplies and more. Once it is built, you can add a stain to it, or paint it a color that matches other elements of the room. Next, wood shelving is a very durable option. From thick to thin shelves, you can really have fun and play with some great ideas that look great in any room. You can also put wood shelves on a grid system or using metal or steel pieces to mount them on the wall.

Bedroom Furniture

Use your reclaimed wood to transform your bedroom. Many love the way a wooden structure looks. However, that is not your only option! You can complement your current bedroom arrangement with a wooden headboard. There are so many options to customize a headboard. The wood can also be great to customize nightstands that are connected to your bed or stand-alone. Wood can also create a gorgeous vanity or dresser for essentials or a way to help you get ready in the morning.

Need some inspiration? Check out Country Living’s 22 Easy DIY Reclaimed Wood Projects for Your Home

If you suspect that you have trees that need to be removed, Splintered Forest can help! Let our crew create a safe and aesthetically pleasing area around your home - we can even remove trees right next to your home or a structure! Look through our tree trimming and removal photo gallery and give us a call at 303-819-9840 for a free estimate. 
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Consider Denver Tree Services for these Common Tree Diseases and Infestations


March 15, 2017

Just like humans, trees can get diseases. Depending on the tree and disease or infestation it might contract, you may have to look into Denver tree services. Typically a disease can affect bark and leaves and depending on the severity can kill certain areas of the tree. It can also disrupt its internal system. Learn more about common Denver area tree diseases to watch out for in your own trees.
 
  • Cytospora Canker: The Cytospora canker disease is common amongst many trees in the Denver area. Some of the species that can become affected are the Aspen, Cottonwood, Poplar, Spruce and Willow trees. This is a fungus that typically occurs when the trees have aged for over 15 years. Depending on the tree, the disease can infect the branches or trunks. This can happen when the roots are shallow and make them more susceptible to insect infestation, weather issues, etc. If you notice your tree has needles that become brown or higher branches begin to die, the tree may be infected. Over time it will become more obvious as you will be able to see the affected vs. unaffected areas. You may also notice lesions on the branches. Unfortunately, this disease if often lethal when contracted.
 
  • Aphids: Aphids are known as plant lice. They are commonly found in trees that produce sap or other fluids such as Ash, Apple, Crab, Aspen, Cottonwood, Poplar, Elm, Hawthorn, Linden, Maple, Peach, Plum, Juniper, Pine, Oak, Spruce, Walnut and Willow trees. The Aphid is a very small, soft pear-shaped insect in a range of colors. It is attracted to sap or other similar juices. Similar to ants, aphids come together to feed on a tree or plant. While Aphids are hard to see, if you notice leaves curling, yellowing or just losing their shape, that may be a huge sign of infestation. Also look for an overload of sap in a certain area or fungal growths. Luckily, Aphids won’t kill a tree. There are ways to save a tree by tree trimming and other services. Learn more ways to get rid of Aphids from The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s “How to Identify and Get Rid of Aphids.
 
  • Powdery Mildew: Powdery mildew is common with Apple and Crab trees. This is a fungal disease and can create white or black dots or spore-like growths on leaves. Over time the disease takes over and depletes the tree’s nutrients. Because this disease is transmittable through wind, it is easy to contract and pass on to other plants and trees. The infestation becomes more obvious when the white or black spores spread and dry out leaves. They too can be saved if caught in time.

These are just a few of many diseases common to Colorado trees. Read about more tree diseases and invasive species and let Splintered Forest help! We can help you determine whether a disease has taken over your tree and if it can be salvaged. Our wide range of services can help you solve or eliminate your problem.  Contact us now at 303-819-9840 for a free estimate
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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!