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Celebrating 5 Years by offsetting our Carbon for 2021!

Wow. FIVE years.

It’s been a crazy road to where we are today. Colorado Trees started off as one man (Mark, owner) and a truck and a boat trailer. Mark worked hard and cut trees alone, dragged brush alone, loaded brush on his raft trailer and tied it down alone, booked jobs, did invoices and estimates and built this company through blood, sweat, and sometimes tears. We aren’t too proud to admit that!

Today, Colorado Trees is still mostly run by Mark in many facets, but he’s added a truck, a chipper, more chainsaws, ground crew, and climbers. Mark studied hard and became a certified Arborist and then did two years of training to become a Qualified Supervisor with the Department of Agriculture.  He uses this knowledge to diagnose and treat trees for many situations. Keeping trees healthy and happy is his passion. That passion for trees continues today. Since day one we have thought about how to replace the trees that have had to come down. Being a cog in the health of our environment is important.

Taking down dead trees and keeping trees beautiful is important to our environment but taking them down also takes a BIG truck that emits Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Running a big chipper to chip dead branches uses fuel and emits carbon. Running a chainsaw uses fuel and emits Carbon. To celebrate five years, we wanted to make a positive impact on the environment in a BIG way.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Native, a Public Benefit Corporation and the Medford Spring Grasslands Conservation Project in southeastern Colorado. With this partnership we pledge to offset 100% of our carbon footprint made by our diesel work truck, our wood chipper, and our chainsaws. The fuel used for us to trim, treat and remove trees is 220 tCO2e which is equal to eliminating the carbon from 26.5 homes energy use for an entire year.

How? Grasslands store one-third of the Earth’s carbon, and just one acre of grassland can store an estimated 50 tonnes of carbon or more. Yet, in the U.S., over one million acres of grassland are still converted each year, which has the potential to release 50%-70% of the carbon they hold as carbon dioxide (CO₂). Colorado’s shortgrass prairie The Medford Spring grasslands, hosts bison and black-tailed prairie dogs will help limit shrub and tree encroachment and preserve habitats for native swift fox, ferruginous hawks, burrowing owls, elk, pronghorn antelope, and the mountain plover. This eco-system is important to essentially “pull down” negative CO2 and hold it in the soil and release what you can call “good carbon” back in the air.

We are currently supporting the Medford Springs Grasslands project through Native to offset the 220 tonnes of CO2 we will emit this year essentially ending at net ZERO for 2021.

Choosing CO trees for your trim or removal not only means incredible customer service, fair pricing, and unparalleled expertise, it also means giving back and making our world a better, cleaner place. We believe we can all make change.

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Weather Emergencies and Colorado Trees

Weather emergencies and other extreme weather events are commonplace in Colorado’s front range. In this case, the Colorado Trees crew is here to help resolve tree-related weather emergency calls.

Although Colorado’s deciduous trees go dormant for the winter, they are still susceptible to damage via extreme weather. Fluctuating temperatures, swift temperature drops, and low soil moisture are weather emergencies which influence your tree’s vulnerability to damage.

Property owners can decrease tree susceptibility to illness, injury, and death in the case of winter weather emergencies via preventative maintenance. Thus, decrease your risk of tree damage or property damage during a weather emergency by keeping soil moist in the fall, and making sure limbs are pruned regularly.

If you weren’t able to do your yearly maintenance and your tree gets hit by the heavy snows, a certified arborist from Colorado Trees is happy to help set your trees straight. We mitigate this damage through trimming or removal of hazardous trees or their limbs.

After a snow or ice storm, there are some questions you can ask to see if you need our help:

  • Has the tree lost any portion of its canopy?
  • Does the tree have any broken limbs or branches?
  • Are there cracks in the wood?
  • Is the tree leaning?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, please get in touch with us.

This means your tree is likely damaged, and we’ll need to come trim or remove parts of it. Broken trees as a result of weather emergencies are hazardous. They have the potential to harm people and property if not taken care of swiftly.

With Colorado Trees, the winter season is a fantastic time for removing trees that could become a problem if not dealt with.  We offer discounted pricing on all trims and removals during the winter. So give us a call!

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Maintain Trees That Are Ready for Denver’s Winter

As winter approaches, you may be wondering whether or not your property’s trees are ready to face ice and snow. It’s no surprise that snow and ice can damage your trees. Yet, you’re wondering if there’s anything you can do to maintain trees that are ready for Denver’s winter months. 

The answer is yes! Allow us to explain. maintain trees that are ready for denver's winter

Maintenance pruning is the thoughtful cutting back of certain parts of your trees or other woody plants. This controls the size and shape of the tree. However, it also keeps the organism productive and healthy. An added bonus of maintenance pruning is that it decreases your tree’s susceptibility to pests and disease.

When your tree has lots of dead branches and thick, congested areas in the canopy, they are more susceptible to breaking in snow, ice, and wind storms. For this reason, maintenance pruning throughout the year can set your tree up for success before the heavy snows come in. 

For your trees that are younger or newly transplanted, it’s a good idea to wrap the lower 1 to 2 feet of the trunk with a light cloth wrap. You can get these at any nursery. This will help protect your younger trees from frost damage and help better prepare them for Denver’s winter. 

Your trees are a valuable asset to your property, so it’s important to care for and maintain trees that are ready for Denver’s winter. If you’d like to learn even more, be sure to schedule an estimate with a certified arborist from Colorado Trees to make sure your trees are ready for anything this winter. 

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