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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

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:


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.


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. 

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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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.

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.’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.