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Douglas-Fir Tussock Moth

By Splintered Forest (June 10, 2020)

Have you noticed that your trees have shriveled and started to turn a reddish-brown color?  You may have an infestation of the Douglas-Fir Tussock Moth.  The first signs of attack usually appear in late spring (around bud break).  Here is what you need to know and the treatment options that are available:

WHAT IS IT?
A young tussock moth caterpillar can be a green/black-like color with long body hairs that produce brightly colored tufts of hair as they grow larger.  A mature larva is about 1.2 – 1.4 inches long and has a gray to brown body and a shiny black head.  They have two, prominent, tufts of black hair that come out from their head; a similar tuft sticks out from the rear of the body. 

WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?
In a forest setting, the tussock moth prefers the Douglas-fir tree although it can occasionally be found on true fir trees or spruces.  In an urban setting, blue spruce trees are attacked. 

Since the female moths are flightless, they rely on wind to move the young larvae to initiate new infestations. 

LIFE CYCLE
The tussock moth has a one-year life cycle.  It spends the winter months as an egg and the eggs hatch in the spring, typically in late May (around the bud break time).  The caterpillars start out feeding on the newer foliage causing the partially consumed needles to turn brown.  The older caterpillars, will move to older needles as the more tender and desirable needles are eaten.  

DAMAGE
In the late spring, you may start to notice the first signs of an attack by the tussock moths.  The young larvae begin feeding on the current year’s foliage causing it to turn a reddish-brown color.  The damage begins at the top of the tree and outward branches and works its way to the inner branches and downward as the season progresses. 

Severe defoliation can lead to the death of the tree or make the trees more susceptible to an attack by a bark beetle. 

NEXT STEPS?
While the tussock moth does have some natural predators including birds, it is best to have your trees assessed and to create a treatment plan with a Plant Health Care technician. Contact the team at Splintered Forest to get a free consultation today! *

DID YOU KNOW?
The hairs on the tussock moth larvae can cause an allergic reaction to humans known as Tussockosis.  A skin irritation is most common, but some can experience rashes, sneezing or watery eyes.  If you suspect you have come in contact with the larvae, wash after your exposure and always try to avoid handling the larvae. 


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* Plant Health Care services provided by Fisher Tree Care (State License #16484) 
** Photo provided by Colorado State University Extension

 
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Earth Day 2019

Ways To Recycle Household Items

By Splintered Forest - April 22, 2019

Every year, on the April 22nd, Earth Day is held to help demonstrate and promote environmental protection.  Since 1970, countries worldwide have celebrated and individuals are encouraged to participate in Earth Day activities. 

While Splintered Forest strives to make environmentally conscious decisions by using wood recyclers and giving away firewood, we thought we would research other (maybe not as well known) ways to recycle.  

1) 
Markers

Crayola partners with schools across North America to help kids understand their role in protecting the environment and save markers from going to the landfill with the Crayola ColorCycle Program.  The steps to participate are easy:
  • Check with your school administration or PTO to see if they are currently participating or would be interested in starting a ColorCycle Program
  • Setup a collection station in the school for all of those used markers.
  • Count up the markers and pack them in a cardboard box
  • Print out the shipping label and have FedEx pick them up free of charge
For more information about starting the program at your school, visit Crayola ColorCycle.

2) 
Plastic Bags

According the US EPA, Americans use more than 380 billion plastic bags and wraps each year.  Since plastic bags are petroleum-based, they do not biodegrade and it is estimated that less than 5% off plastics are recycled worldwide.  How can you help?  Utilize local recycle bins at local retailers such as King Soopers, Safeway and Walmart to recycle your plastic bags.  Some helpful tips:
  • Be sure to empty out items such as crumbs and old receipts from the bags
  • Keep a larger bag to collect all the plastic bags and drop them off before starting your shopping trip
  • Look for a #2 or #4 on the bag to make sure it is recyclable
  • Invest in some reusable shopping bags and take them with you each shopping trip, there are even some retailers such as Target that will give you 5 cents off for each bag you bring in
Need help finding a place to recycle your plastic bags?  Visit Earth911 for locations near you!

3) 
Bathroom Products

Many people overlook their bathroom products as items that can be recycled. Generally, plastic bottles that are marked with a #1 or #2 can be accepted in the household recycling.  To help encourage bathroom recycling, participating CVS locations are giving away a bin with a qualifying purchase. 

Items such as toothpaste containers and toothbrushes do not qualify for household recycling, but programs such as TerraCycle have created mail-in programs for these items.

Perhaps you are ready to skip the containers all together?  Companies are now creating items such as toothpaste and shampoo tablets to help eliminate this packaging waste. 

4) 
Makeup

MAC encourages their customers to recycle the "primary packaging" (what actually holds the product) of makeup such as lipstick, lash cases, blush compacts and eye shadow pots through their Back-to-MAC Program.  Return six MAC makeup containers to their store and receive a free lipstick (they will also accept other brand items for recycling, but they won’t qualify for the free item)! 

Other companies also encouraging recycling include:
  • Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics will give you free fresh face mask if you return five empty, clean LUSH pots
  • Kiehl’s will give you one stamp for every empty container returned, collect ten stamps and receive a free travel-sized product
5) Electronic Recycling 

Local Best Buy stores offer recycling of your electronic items including:
  • TV’s (tube TVs under 32” and flatpanels under 50”)
  • Computers and tablets (monitors may be subject to a $25 fee)
  • Cell phones, radios, audio equipment
  • Ink and toner
  • Cameras
  • Vacuums (stick, upright and robot)
  • And much more
Households are limited to three items per day.  To learn more about what they accept visit their website.

6)
 
Rechargeable Batteries

The Home Depot partnered with Call to Recycle to offer recycling of rechargeable batteries to customers.  Batteries commonly found in traditional household items (cordless power tools, laptops, remote control toys, digital cameras, etc) are all eligible to be recycled at participating stores.  Please note, batteries must be under 11 pounds. 

To find your nearest drop off location, visit Call2Recycle

 
Have you heard of some of these programs?  Know of other programs that allow recycling of common, household items?  Share them with us! 
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Denver Tree Service: When You Need More Than DIY


February 1, 2019

If you are like many people, you enjoy the trees in your yard and appreciate their beauty, but you might not know too much about tree maintenance. You can probably take care of some of the basics yourself, such as removing an errant branch or making sure to knock off heavy snow before it harms the tree. But how do you when it’s time to call a company that offers professional tree service in Denver? Chances are, if you are unsure about how to handle something, it’s best to reach out to the pros who know trees. 
Let’s take a look at some situations where it’s probably best to call a professional service rather than try to do-it-yourself. 

Your Tree Is Growing Out of Control

If you have a tree that is too close to your home or your neighbor’s home for comfort, it’s time to call in a professional to have it trimmed. If heavy tree branch falls onto a building, there can be severe damage—not to mention someone could get hurt if they are in the wrong place and the wrong time. Preventive maintenance to ensure this doesn’t happen is best left to the pros.

You Don’t Have the Proper Equipment for the Job

Most homeowners don’t have all the professional equipment the tree pros have. Pole saws, clippers, handsaws, and shears are at our disposal to ensure that trees are trimmed or removed properly. If you don’t have the right tools, you can damage a tree—or you could even harm yourself while trying to do the job. Calling in a professional not only means the right equipment will be used to do the job properly, but you will also benefit from their experience and training.

You Need to Remove a Tree

Tree removal can be tricky—especially if it’s a large tree. You might think you can handle tree removal yourself, but you probably aren’t thinking about how the roots can be entangled with cables and pipes below the ground. You can easily cause a lot of damage by trying to remove a tree yourself in this situation. (Read this article to see how tree roots can actually grow into pipes, depending on what they are made of.)

Your Tree Is Close to Powerlines

You should never try to trim a tree that is growing close to powerlines by yourself. You could not only cause an electrical outage if the tree makes contact with the powerline, but you could also get electrocuted. This is never a good DIY situation; call the pros and keep yourself safe!
Why risk the health of your trees and your own safety? When you need professional Denver tree services, it’s easy to call us! Splintered Forest is a leading fire mitigation and tree service business serving the Denver area, including the foothills communities near Evergreen. We are committed to delivering the best service in the industry. We have been in the business of servicing trees for 14 years. Contact us today and we’ll schedule a time to take a look at what your trees need.
 
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Dead Silver Maple in Your Yard? Call Us About Tree Removal in Denver


January 2, 2019

If you’ve got a dead tree in your yard, such as a silver maple, it’s almost always a good idea to remove it. Especially if it’s a big tree, your best bet is to call a tree removal company in Denver. 
This can be a difficult decision sometimes; people often development attachments to trees—particularly big old ones—and it can be an emotional experience to see it chopped down, dug up, and taken away.
But there can be a lot of problems surrounding a dead tree that people often don’t consider. If a tree such as a silver maple is diseased or dying in a natural area, such as a forest, it can be left alone without worry about what it might damage. A tree located in a yard, however, might pose a danger to property and it might be an open invitation to pests.
Let’s take a look at what questions you should ask yourself in determining that it’s a good idea to remove a dead silver maple or other tree from your yard.

Does the Tree Have Trunk Damage?

If there is trunk damage, such as cracks and seams, this means there was internal decay of the tree and it is more susceptible to falling.

Is the Tree Trunk Hollow?

If so, this is an open invitation to insects and rodents. It might not sound like a bad idea if rats take up residence in your dead tree, but if they run out of food outside, they might turn to the inside of your home in search for more.

Does It Have Large Branches?

Large branches on a dead tree can snap with ease in the event of a large wind- or snowstorm. What lies beneath the tree could well be damaged.

Is the Tree Near Power Lines?

A dead tree that is near power lines is an accident just waiting to happen. The branches could fall on the power lines and knock out the power to your entire neighborhood. 

Is the Tree Near Any Structures?

If a large dead tree has branches that hang over your house or garage—or your neighbor’s house or garage—this could cause a lot of property damage in the event of a branch coming down. With Splintered Forest’s expertise, you can get the tree down before it causes damage.
And even worse than property damage: a falling branch hits a person who just happens to be walking in the wrong place at the wrong time. In either case, guess who will have to pay for damages and/or medical bills? (Here’s a hint: It’s not going to be the silver maple!)
Do you need a dead silver maple or other tree removed from your yard? Splintered Forest is a leading tree service company proudly serving residents in the Denver metro area and neighboring communities, including Evergreen. Our crew includes ISA certified arborists, former firefighters, experienced tree climbers, and expert tree fellers who work hard to give our customers the best service possible. Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation estimate in the Denver area or in Evergreen.
 
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Tree Service Company Offers County Approved Defensible Space Inspections


January 31, 2019

Wildfires are becoming a prevalent danger to the United States resulting in millions of dollars from damages, ruining people’s lives and at times resulting in loss of life. Making necessary provisions before being faced with a disaster is one way to aid in keeping these fires under control and slowing their rate of spreading when and if one does begin to burn.

A common and necessary component used in this fight is ensuring an appropriate defensible space around a residence or structure in a fire prone area. By understanding the benefits of creating a space, which is now legally required in certain areas, home and landowners can do their part to rest easy knowing their possessions are compliant. While no one can predict when and where a fire will burn or the resulting path, these steps provide a good plan of action in anticipation of a potential disaster.

Defensible space is the area surrounding a home or business that has been adjusted to reduce the risk of fire hazard. While nothing is 100-percent effective in preventing damage with an unpredictable fire, this is one way to protect your home from wildfire.

When purchasing a new property, moving or making modifications to existing structures, the resulting impacts and potential fire hazards should be considered. Regardless of if you live in an area prone to forest fire or not, knowing you can reduce the risk surrounding a possession while adding some protection is important. For these reasons, some places like Jefferson County, Colorado have required a defensible space inspection and permit to be issued in each of the following circumstances.

Building a New Dwelling


Before construction or any new development, a defensible space permit is now required. This way, any tree removal or other potential hazards can be cleared prior to building.

Replacing an Existing Dwelling


Even an existing structure potentially “grandfathered in” without a required inspection will be subject to a permit prior to replacement.

Making An Addition of 400 Square Feet or More


The third and final issuance of a permit following a certified inspection requires additions to existing structures. Whether initially certified or not, any modifications or expansions larger than 400 square feet require a new inspection.

If you’re in need of a defensible space inspection or just want to ensure you’ve done everything possible to protect those you love, possessions, and the environment - let the certified and Jefferson County approved inspector or any other professional 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. Contact us today for any and all of your tree care needs!
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