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Bugs, Beetles and Insects That Do No Harm

August 13th, 2013
There are a number of bugs, beetles and insects which you will see in your garden that may alarm you but in fact, cause no harm to your plants.Ā Ā  In fact some of these critters can be beneficial as they are Mother Nature'sĀ helpers inĀ pollinating and controlling pests. One that you will recognize right away is the Lady Beetle (Bug).Ā  They are quite beneficial in controlling your small harmful insects such as aphids and mites.Ā Ā  Be careful identifying the larva and pupa of lady beetles as they don't look like your adult lady beetle; they areĀ more elongated, darker in color with orange spots . Anothe ... (more)


Spring Insects

May 23rd, 2012
There are a number of insects that can cause damage to trees in the spring. The one that has received a lot of attention lately is Mountain Pine Beetle, which attacks a variety of pine trees. Others insects that warrant mention are Ips Beetles (another bark beetle that attack spruce and pines), White Pine Weevil (which kills the top leader of spruce trees), Poplar Borer (which causes tunneling and eventual death to aspen trees), and Lilac Ash Borer (affecting ash trees). The best way to truly protect your trees is with a preventative spray so your trees will not be attacked in the first place. This n ... (more)


Look Who’s Joined the Team

October 27th, 2011
A bright green Toyota Prius has joined the Prima Fleet! We use this gas efficient vehicle for site visits when our typical service trucks are not needed, such as horticultural consultations, sick tree calls, and estimates. ... (more)


WINTER WATERING

October 27th, 2011
Desiccation (drying) of plant tissues causes more plant death than cold temperatures. Newer plantings are more sensitive than established trees and shrubs. Roots will stay active in the ground long after air temperatures are freezing. Because evergreens (pines, spruce, fir and junipers) keep needles through the winter, they are more susceptible to sun and drying damage if they are in a drought condition. Since sprinklers are inactive, hose irrigation is very important. If lacking snow cover, let your hose run on the root zones of your trees & shrubs on a mild sunny day. The root zone is the area from ... (more)


SPRING INSECTS

May 23rd, 2011
There are a number of insects that can cause damage to trees in the spring. The one that has received a lot of attention lately is Mountain Pine Beetle, which attacks a variety of pine trees. Others insects that warrant mention are Ips Beetles (another bark beetle that attack spruce and pines), White Pine Weevil (which kills the top leader of spruce trees), Poplar Borer (which causes tunneling and eventual death to aspen trees), and Lilac Ash Borer (affecting ash trees). The best way to truly protect your trees is with a preventative spray so your trees will not be attacked in the first place. This needs to ... (more)


PESTICIDE PRECAUTIONS

April 1st, 2011
The Colorado Department of Agriculture requires that pesticide applicators (for compensation) be licensed, insured, and extensively trained, including on-going education requirements. If you choose to purchase and use pesticides for your home landscape, please be very careful. Insecticides, herbicides and fungicides can be helpful tools if used correctly. For personal safety, public safety and environmental safety, you must read and follow label directions precisely. Don't have the mindset that "if a little is good, a lot will be better". Proper mixing rates, timing of application, proper identification ... (more)


DORMANT SEASON PRUNING

March 3rd, 2011
Pruning trees and shrubs in the late fall, winter, or early spring is often referred to as dormant season pruning. Without foliage, it is easier to see branches to evaluate damage and structural defects such as co-dominant stems, crossed or rubbing branches, and conflicts with other trees or structures. Dormant season pruning can be done anytime between leaf drop in the fall and bud break in the spring time. However, pruning is not recommended on maple trees during the winter due to high sap flow. ... (more)


WHY IS CORE AERATION SO IMPORTANT?

March 3rd, 2011
Roots of grass and trees need adequate oxygen to function and be healthy. In fact, the optimal percentage of oxygen levels in the soil is similar to the air we breathe! Heavy or compacted soils, thick turf roots or thatch build-up, and even over-watering can starve roots of critical oxygen. Core aeration is recommended at least once per year (spring or fall) when the soil is moist enough to be able to pull up a 2-inch plug of soil. The holes created allow air and water to penetrate into the root zone for healthier roots. Leaving the soil plugs on the surface allows them to break down and replenish the so ... (more)


WHAT IS A CONSULTING ARBORIST?

March 3rd, 2011

According to the American Society of Consulting Arborists, "Trees in our developed environment present a challenge, requiring careful planning and vigilant maintenance.... the role of the Consulting Arborist is to bring a comprehensive, objective viewpoint to the diagnosis, appraisal and evaluation of arboricultural issues." "Consulting Arborists are the preeminent authorities on matters related to trees - ensuring the safety, health, and preservation, of trees in our natural surroundings. Both homeowners and industry professionals will find a number of different reasons to hi ... (more)



WHY HIRE A CERTIFIED ARBORIST?

January 31st, 2011
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) states, "An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability." "Certified arborists are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination de ... (more)


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