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With the summer heat in full blast, make sure you’re keeping your outdoor plants and trees healthy and protected.

Our team at Schra Tree Care in Fort Collins is here to help. Read through our blog for some tips on keeping your yard healthy and green, and contact our team for reliable, local plant and tree service!

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Deep Tree Root Fertilization

Trees are a critically under-appreciated aspect of our natural environment. However, they really stand out with importance when they surround and sit within human infrastructure. Whether it’s a crowded sidewalk that is peppered with beautiful Aspens, or a neighborhood street that showcases a hallway of beautifully changing leaves during the fall, the contrast they offer with human-made materials is a sight to see.

This is equally the case for a homeowner with trees surrounding their property. For any homeowner, these trees are a staple of your property’s aesthetic. They provide a natural and visual supplement to the larger design of your house in your yard, they offer shade, beautiful colors with changing leaves, and an earthly health to other plants and animals that live in the area. But as naturally as they seem to sprout up and maintain by themselves, there is a cost with living near and within human infrastructure. With all the concrete, metal, and other “unnatural” materials that surround them in a suburban environment, they can struggle to get the stuff they need to...

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When we hear the words “health care”, we might think of a hospital, or insurance, or even politics. And understandably so, as health care for people within a society is a critical feature, and one that citizens are rightfully aware and concerned about, as it will determine the ease, the efficiency, and the affordability of getting the proper care their body needs. But what about “plant health care”? While the comedians among you might think of a piece of asparagus lying in a hospital bed, or a tree having to manage their insurance premiums, plant health care is a real and very important aspect of home ownership and arboriculture. The plants in and around your home are more alive then you realize, and the manner in which you take care of these plants and their health can determine a variety of things, including your property value and the enjoyment of your home environment. Keep reading to learn more about plant health care, and how the team at Schra Tree Care is here to provide it for your plants and trees.

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Your Loveland Spring Tree Care Checklist

As winter slowly draws to an end, it is time to start thinking about your trees and shrubs — and more importantly what you can do to ensure their healthy transition into the warmer summer months.

Here in the Northern Colorado area, our winters are particularly mild. That said, we still experience plenty of cooling trends and storms that have had a negative effect on your yard’s tree and shrub health. Luckily, Schra Tree Care is here to help.

As a full-service Loveland arborist, our tree services are specifically tailored to help your trees and shrubs recover from the winter season. So if you suspect that your trees and shrubs could use the extra help this spring, we urge you to contact us to schedule a tree care consultation.

Continue reading as we discuss our spring tree care checklist — the five steps that you’ll need to take towards a happier, and healthier yard.

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The Emerald Ash Borer: Signs, Treatment, & Response

The Emerald Ash Borer has finally made its way to Colorado. Since its introduction to the United States in 2002, the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest species, has slowly made its way across the United States — moving East to West from its first infestation that is believed to be located in Michigan.

Since the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer, over 26 states have been plagued with heavy tree loss. The Emerald Ash Borer does not have any natural predators, so when it is transported from point A to point B (usually by infested firewood), the pest has no problem plaguing and destroying local ash tree populations.

Northern Colorado is home to a large ash tree population — meaning that the Fort Collins, Greely, and Loveland areas are all at high-risk of infestation — especially after the Emerald Ash Borer was detected in Larimer County for the first time recently.

As a Northern Colorado homeowner, you might be wondering what you should know about the Emerald Ash Borer. In today’s blog, we will be discussing some of the general information that you should know...

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How To Help Your Trees & Shrubs Recover From Heavy Snow & Ice

If you live in Northern Colorado, you likely have come to terms with the fact that it snows over a foot two to three times a year. That said, when you think about these large storms, the first thing that you usually think of is how hard it will be to dig out your car and commute to work. Seldom do you think about how the snow and ice are affecting your trees and shrubs back at your house.

When people think about trees and shrubs, they often think that there is no need to take care of them during the winter. After all, plants are from nature so they should be able to handle the cards that they are dealt, right? While yes, most trees and shrubs will be fine during the winter, modern landscaping has become rather selective as to what trees and shrubs are planted in any given yard. Because of this, it is not uncommon for Northern Colorado yards to have non-native trees and shrubs that are not as resistant to heavy snowfall and cold temperatures as native plants might be.

At Schra Tree Care, your local Loveland tree care provider, we know that it can be a little odd to...

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What Other Have To Say About Our Loveland Tree Services

So you’ve looked into your backyard only to notice that your trees are starting to look a little overgrown, cluttered, and in some cases — dead. At this point, you have likely decided that sometime in the near future, you might have to schedule a tree services appointment with a local tree care company. But how do you find a tree care provider that is experienced and proven?

At Schra Tree Care, there are a number of things that we could tell you to look for in a tree care company. That being said, there is really only one thing that matters — the company’s reviews. Not only do they tell you more about the services that are being used in your area, but they also speak to the quality of the services that were provided.

In an effort to give you a better idea of the care, quality, and experience that we bring with us on each tree care project, we thought that we might share a few of our company reviews with you. And if you like what you see, contact us today and schedule a free consultation with your experienced team.

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10 Signs That It’s Time To Have Your Tree Pruned

When people think of tree trimming, they tend to think of it as a tree care service that is purely used for aesthetics. While yes, pruning your trees is sure to have you Northern Colorado yard looking sharp. There are many more benefits to having a tree service provider like us, here at Schra Tree Care, come to prune your trees.

In today’s blog post, we are going to be discussing 10 signs that it is time to call your local tree services provider to schedule a tree pruning appointment. But first things first, what are the other benefits of having your trees pruned?

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Fall & Winter Watering: Northern Colorado Watering Information

Summer is a tough time in Northern Colorado. Some years, rain comes often. Others, however, rain might be hard to come by. Because of the historic fluctuations in precipitation that we experience, cities all over Northern Colorado have created water regulations that clearly define when your sprinklers should be on and for how long that they should be on in an effort to save water and maximize the absorption into the ground.

As tree service professionals serving Northern Colorado, we have begun to notice that people don’t really have an issue determining when and how often to water their trees, shrubs, and lawn. In the fall and winter months, however, homeowners are not as sure how they should manage or tweak their watering schedules.

In today’s blog your local certified arborists, here at Schra Tree Care, will be discussing some of the fall and winter watering habits that you should employ in the upcoming months.

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Why Tree Removal Is Important

When we talk to people about the tree services that we provide to the people of Northern Colorado, the one service of ours that people have the most questions about is our tree removal services.

Sure, it can seem unnatural to remove a tree from your property, but there are plenty of reasons that justify tree removal, and many more reasons that tree removal is necessary. In today’s blog, we will be discussing a few of the reasons that tree removal is an important service that we offer.

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FAQ About The Emerald Ash Borer In Loveland

Northern Colorado is known for having beautiful trees that loom over pockets of water and creeks in our semi-arid climate. While the large cottonwood and ash trees are beautiful, some of our most beautiful trees are under attack. Ash trees are incredibly beautiful trees, some of which live for hundreds of years, but not that there is an invasive pest in town, their lifespan may see a decrease.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive beetle that originated from a natural range in Russia, China, Japan, and the Koreas. In June of 2002, the first documented case of Emerald Ash Borers was found in the United States, and now they can be found in most parts of the country.

Because our trees, here in Northern Colorado, are seemingly under attack, a lot of local residents have questions about the EAB and what they can do to minimize the damage caused by this pest. In today’s blog post, we hope to answer a few of the most common questions.

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Why DIY Tree Care Isn’t Worth The Risk

When people think of tree care, here in Northern Colorado, they tend to think of clipping a few branches here and there or maybe sometimes borrowing the neighbor’s extendable branch saw to cut a larger branch that is out of reach.

While yes, tree care is oftentimes a simple Sunday morning chore, when it comes to pruning we suggest that you leave it to the pros. Here at Schra Tree Care, we specialize in a wide range of tree care services ranging from tree removal to deep root fertilization and more — but if there is one service that we recommend that everyone gets in touch with us for, it is tree pruning.

Continue reading more blow to learn more about why tree pruning should be left to the professionals.

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Winter has finally passed and you know what that means — it is time to get your yard in order. Luckily, the Front Range weather is still trying to decide if it is going to act like spring weather or summer weather, so you still have time to get your yard in order before it is time for cookouts and playing catch in the yard.

As far as we are concerned, as your local Northern Colorado tree care provider, springtime is the most important time of the year to take a critical look at your yard and ask yourself what you can do to ensure that your trees and shrubs grow healthier and stronger. Because of this, we thought that it might be helpful to discuss a few of the tree care services that we offer in an effort to give you some ideas as to how you can best care for your yard.

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Our Loveland arborist has talked at length about the Emerald Ash Borer. As a refresher, this beetle is native to Asia and didn’t make its way to North America until the early 2000s. Ever since, the EAB has killed over 50 million ash trees in 29 states.

Maybe you recently went to a nursery in search of an ash tree to plant in your yard. The sad reality is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find such trees in Northern Colorado. Simply put, people are concerned about the destructive nature of the Emerald Ash Borer.

It begs the question, “What should I plant instead of an ash tree?” At Schra Tree Care in Loveland, we love trees just as much as you do. That’s why we want to help you make an informed decision.

Here are five trees worth planting in place of an ash tree:

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Do you have a large backyard with ample room for a tree? Then we definitely recommend looking into linden trees. This particular tree has a loose canopy that allows in just...

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We occasionally hear from homeowners that come to us after nearly being scammed by someone claiming to be a “tree expert.” With the number of tree services in Northern Colorado, it’s easy to get stuck with the wrong one. Do yourself and your trees a favor and ask an arborist the following questions before hiring them:

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There are a number of reasons to trim your trees. For example, maybe your neighborhood got hit by a recent storm and now you’re tasked with removing some damaged branches. On the other hand, perhaps your tree is starting to encroach on a neighbor’s yard or nearby power line and you need to take swift action.

But what many homeowners don’t realize is that routine trimming also helps their trees grow correctly, giving them a better chance of fending off extreme weather conditions. The last thing you want to do, though, is to take a haphazard approach to tree trimming and wind up making a costly mistake. Here are five things to avoid when trimming your tree:

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It’s only a matter of time until the Emerald Ash Borer rears its ugly head in Northern Colorado. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, this pest poses a serious threat to local ash trees. But how can you tell if you have this type of tree in your yard?

Here are three easy ways to identify an ash tree:

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It’s hard to imagine a small, green jewel beetle being responsible for the destruction of millions of ash trees in the U.S. The Emerald Ash Borer continues to get the attention of arborists throughout Northern Colorado and for good reason. In this post, we thought it would be beneficial to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about this dreaded pest.

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You absolutely love your yard. The beautiful lawn, flower beds, fountain, and vegetable garden make for a one-of-a-kind oasis. But there’s one thing missing — a tree!

Loveland homeowners plant trees for various reasons. Here are five reasons why you should plant a tree in 2019:

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Can you believe we’re just three days away from Thanksgiving? Ready or not, the holiday season is officially here. That means it’s time to figure out travel plans, complete your shopping, and, of course, prepare your home for guests.

This is also a good time to inspect your trees. Even one quick inspection from a local arborist can ensure the long-term health and beauty of your tree.

Let’s take a look at what Schra Tree Care can do for you this holiday season and into 2019.

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Some trees can live up to 5,000 years. That said, a tree’s life isn’t exactly a walk in the park. There are numerous disturbances that, according to Trees For Life, “allow the flow of nutrients and energy through the ecosystem and are driving forces of evolution.”

Here are five common tree disturbances worth knowing:

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Whether you’ve called Colorado home for decades or just moved here recently, you must make plans to explore the state’s beauty during autumn. But where specifically will you find the most vivid yellows, oranges, and reds this fall? Here are the top five spots, as referenced from Colorado.com:

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It seems like the emerald ash borer is being discovered in a new region every month. As of May 2018, the pest has been found in 33 states, as well as the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba. Since its discovery in 2002, EAB has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

So what’s the most effective treatment for EAB? Here are a few options worth considering:

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It’s been five years since the Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in Colorado. This beetle continues to get the attention of homeowners and arborists alike and for good reason. In this post, we thought it would be good to review the signs and symptoms of an EAB attack.

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It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of June already. You’ve probably spent a good deal of time working on your lawn. What many homeowners fail to realize, though, is that their trees also require plenty of water and maintenance.

In Colorado especially, prolonged droughts and high winds can dry trees and soil. That’s why it’s important to water trees just as you would plants and grass.

Let’s take a look at five tree watering tips from the Colorado Tree Coalition:

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Trees in Colorado cope with a great deal of stress.

Think about it for a moment. As a society, we expect them to withstand drought, construction damage, soil compaction, vandalism, air pollution, and much more. Interestingly, trees that are exposed to any one of these agents are more vulnerable to disease and insect attacks

So what can you do? Well, it certainly helps to plant a species that’s either drought-tolerant or native to Colorado. Next, it’s imperative to follow proper planting, mulching, watering, and pruning techniques.

We want to look at the most common tree diseases and insects in this blog post. Keep reading to learn more from our Loveland arborist.

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Tree Insects

  1. IPS – Do you have any pine or spruce trees in the yard? Then be sure to watch out for IPS. This group of bark beetles can wreak havoc on trees that are under severe stress. Should you notice tree dieback from the top down, IPS could...
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Now that the calendar has turned to May, it’s time to get out in the yard again. There are flowers to plant and trees to trim. However, before you go crazy with tree maintenance, we want to provide a refresher on working safely around power lines. Here are five tips you should absolutely consider before getting started:

  1. Stay at least 10 feet away – The last thing you want to do is touch any wires while you’re coming down from the ladder. That’s why it’s best to stay as far away as possible. Remember that no tree maintenance is worth seriously injuring yourself.
  2. Work on a steady, level surface – It goes without saying that you shouldn’t do any pruning if the surface is at all uneven. If you’re skeptical, then it’s probably best to contact a tree health professional who is certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. These arborists are trained and equipped with the proper safety equipment to get the job done.
  3. Avoid removing multiple large branches at once – Imagine making what you think is a...
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Part of what makes trees so great is that they’re usually low-maintenance. As opposed to most plants and flowers, trees take care of themselves for the most part. Notice we said ‘for the most part.’ Now is the time of year where trees could use a little extra attention and assistance. Keep reading for five spring tree care tips.

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  1. Mulch – Keep in mind that a layer of mulch not only helps the soil retain moisture but also suppresses weeds. If you have a particularly young or mature tree, a three-inch thick layer of mulch can work wonders. One more tip here: Avoid having any mulch around the trunk, as this helps give diseases an easy point of access.
  2. Water – Are your trees located in spots where deicing materials were used during the winter? If so, then it’s a good idea to deeply water these areas. The last thing you want is for those salt-laden materials to get down into the tree roots and cause havoc. One...
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It’s certainly been an abnormally dry winter and start to spring in Colorado. As of now, the state’s mountain snowpack sits at just 72 percent of where we should be at this time. Barring any major swings in the weather pattern, we’re likely looking at yet another major drought this summer. That’s not exactly good news for trees. How can you feel confident that your trees are getting the level of nutrients and water they need when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating? At Schra Tree Care in Loveland, we have a potential solution in what’s known as deep tree root fertilization. Keep reading to learn more.

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Why Consider Deep Tree Root Fertilization?

Lack of precipitation isn’t the only reason to consider this treatment for your trees. Think about the environment around your trees for a moment. We’re willing to guess they’re surrounded by concrete sidewalks,...

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There are countless benefits to having trees in your yard. For one thing, studies show that trees improve health, lower anxiety, and decrease the amount of crime in neighborhoods. Another obvious plus is that they work wonders for the environment. But what about the relationship between trees and property value? Here are five ways trees pay off for years to come:

  1. Endless beauty – According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can have an appraisal value of up to $10,000. You can’t say that about many home improvement projects! Sure, it takes years for it to reach mature size. Don’t let that deter you, though! If you recently moved into a new house, plant a tree now and enjoy its benefits until it’s time to sell.
  2. Incredible return on investment – A well-done kitchen or bathroom renovation can yield a recovery value up to 125 percent. Pretty solid, right? However, some landscaping projects have the potential to bring up to a 200 percent return....
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It’s pretty amazing the amount of damage an exotic beetle can cause. Of course, we’re talking about the Emerald Ash Borer. This seemingly innocent insect was first spotted in southeastern Detroit in the summer of 2002. Ever since, the EAB has killed millions of ash trees in North America. In this post, we want to dive deeper into the EAB. Specifically, we want to answer this question: what caused the beetle to appear in the U.S. in the early 2000s?

A Summary Of The Emerald Ash Borer

The EAB is truly fascinating. Let’s start with the fact that the adult beetles nibble on ash foliage, but cause little to no damage. It’s what happens next that makes the EAB so deadly. The larvae feed on the inner bark of the tree, effectively disrupting its ability to transport water and nutrients. In a matter of time, the tree dies. So how did this insect wind up finding a home in America? Well, according to the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network, experts believe...

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In a previous blog post, we looked at what an arborist can do. Our tree doctor wants to piggyback off that and discuss arboriculture in this one. Simply put, arboriculture is all about nurturing trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. Maybe you’re thinking, “Isn’t that gardening for trees basically?” To a point, yes. Arboriculture looks at how trees grow and respond to their environments, as well as the techniques used to cultivate them. The job of an arborist is to execute those techniques used to maintain trees. Keep reading to learn more.

The History Of Arboriculture

It’s believed that early Egyptians transplanted trees with a ball of earth and began the practice of shaping the soil around a newly planted tree. Doing so allowed them to form a saucer that would retain water. Pretty cool, right? But that’s not the only historical example of arboriculture practice. In 300 B.C., the Greek philosopher Theophrastus...

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There are countless tree services in Northern Colorado. Many of them claim to have a certified arborist on staff in an attempt to lure more customers. But the word “arborist” shouldn’t just be thrown around blindly. The International Society of Arboriculture states that an arborist “is an individual trained in the art and science of planting, caring for, and maintaining individual trees.” Not only are arborists knowledgeable about the needs of trees, but they also understand how to provide the proper care. Keep reading as we further explain what an arborist can do.

Pest And Disease Control

We’ve discussed at length the Emerald Ash Borer. That said, EAB isn’t the only tree pest in the region. Rest assured that an experienced tree doctor will work to eradicate damaging pest populations and...

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Your trees have had better days. So you decide it would make sense to get in touch with a local tree service. The majority of homeowners don’t realize, however, that not all tree doctors are the same. Some have been industry experts for decades while others have no expertise whatsoever. That’s why it’s so paramount to do some research ahead of time. Remember that hiring an arborist should be an investment in your tree’s health, as well as your property. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when making a decision.

  1. Hiring someone with little experience – Do you really want someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing on your property? We’re guessing not. Anyone with a truck and some equipment can give the impression they’re a tree service professional. At Schra Tree Care in Loveland, we have been in the business for more than 30 years. We are proud to offer the best, most reliable, and trustworthy service in Northern Colorado.
  2. Hiring someone without proper certification – Be...
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In previous blog posts, we’ve explained the ins and outs of the emerald ash borer. This common pest in Northern Colorado may not seem like a nuisance at first glance. However, the small green jewel beetle certainly packs a punch. Native to northeastern Asia, the emerald ash borer feeds on ash trees. What makes it so dangerous is that there are no predators to keep its population in control since it’s not native to the area. So what exactly should you be looking for when it comes to identifying the emerald ash borer? Keep reading to learn more.

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, there’s a good chance you’re finishing up raking leaves. Many homeowners see this time of year as a chance to forget about their trees until springtime. That shouldn’t be the case, though. Now is the time to prep those trees for what’s expected to be a snowier than average winter. Here is our winter tree care checklist:

  1. Prune – Late fall is the best time to prune dead, diseased, and overlapping branches. Doing so strengthens the tree, encourages new growth down the road, lessens future storm damage, and even protects against disease and insects. As far as technique is concerned, remove all deadwood that is clearly visible. Prune back any branches that touch the ground when covered with rain and snow. Lastly, remove any damaged and wilted twigs, branches, and bark. One last tip with tree trimming and pruning: Avoid doing it on a regular basis. Too much trimming can actually hinder a tree’s...
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We all want our trees to maintain their health and beauty. One way to do that is with occasional tree trimming. When you cut back broken or dead limbs and branches, you’re allowing the tree to grow correctly. A tree that grows the way it’s supposed to is more equipped to withstand extreme weather conditions and, of course, provide gorgeous foliage. Not only that but trimming trees can help thin over-crowded areas, which provides additional room for growth and increased air circulation. With all this in mind, isn’t tree trimming a no-brainer? Unfortunately, things can get tricky when trees get close to power lines. Keep reading for our top safety tips when it comes to trimming your tree.

  1. Observe the 10-foot rule – This is an easy one to remember. If a tree is within 10 feet of overhead wires, it’s best to simply call a professional tree service. This distance ensures that you won’t touch any wires while you’re on your way down (which...
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The emerald ash borer certainly has the attention of Colorado residents and for good reason. Nearly 15 percent of the trees that make up the state’s urban forest are ash. Can you imagine such a large chunk of our beautiful landscape being wiped away by a beetle? Unfortunately, that’s a real possibility. When it comes to EAB, we have decisions to make. For example, if your tree were to be impacted by the disease, would it be worth saving? At what point should you consult a certified arborist? In this blog post, we will explain how to properly manage this insect.

Colorado State University and the Colorado Department of Agriculture recently put together a guide illustrating important decisions homeowners will have to make when it comes to EAB. Let’s go through a few of the more common scenarios should you choose to save your tree.

Keep in mind that not every tree is worth saving. If...

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Ready or not, here it comes. The City of Loveland calls it a “mean, green tree-eating machine.” Homeowners across the U.S. cringe when notified that the beetle has made its way to their state. What we’re talking about is the emerald ash borer. This tiny, metallic-green beetle that has destroyed just about every species of ash trees in Eastern and Midwestern states is now spreading through the Front Range. In 2010, tree care experts first discovered the beetle in Boulder. More recently, though, arborists confirmed EAB invasions in nearby Longmont. As a Loveland resident, you may be wondering what you can do to keep your tree from becoming another victim of EAB. Keep reading to learn why you should care about this ash tree disease.

To provide some context, let’s look at some interesting ash tree statistics in Denver. Be a Smart Ash confirms that there are nearly 1.5 million ash...

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Trees in Colorado are some of the toughest in the nation. They have to battle hot summer days, gusty winds, freezing cold temperatures, and on top of that, snow. That said, there are a number of tree species that thrive in this kind of climate. Keep reading to check out some of the best trees to plant in the Centennial state, as explained in this article from The Denver Post.

  1. Chinkapin oak – Some oaks do well in Colorado while others struggle mightily. The Chinkapin oak grows into a 40-foot-tall tree with a rounded canopy, making it a beautiful addition to any yard. It has narrow, glossy, dark green leaves to pair with sweet, edible acorns.
  2. Sycamore – Tree doctors would agree that the sycamore makes the perfect family tree. Not only are these trees hardy and attractive, but they also have seed pods for the kids to enjoy.
  3. Kentucky coffeetree – It’s...
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We all want our trees to stay strong and healthy throughout their lives. But there are times when tree care becomes a necessity. By tree care, we don’t just mean trimming and pruning. Fundamental tree health services involve protecting them against invasive pests, diseases, and so much more. This is where your local arborist comes into play. He or she will be able to identify the root of the problem, come up with a safe solution, and maintain the growth and beauty of your tree. It may sound simple, but the fact is that not all arborists are the same. In order to protect your tree, be sure to take some time researching the best arborist in your area. Keep reading for tips as you make your choice.

  1. Hire one who is licensed, bonded, and insured – Let’s discuss the most important tip first. The person you hire should be certified through the International Society of Arboriculture. ISA certification shows that the arborist has a willingness to keep current with the field of arboriculture. This is...
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August is winding down, which means the kids are headed back to school and the summer temperatures are starting to cool. Though homeowners tend to look at this time as the most important when it comes to landscaping, the truth is that fall is arguably more critical. Keep in mind that autumn allows us to catch many tree health and safety problems. Since leaves will be falling in a matter of weeks, homeowners have a much easier time identifying any issues that may have been hiding in the summer growth. Keep reading for our fall tree care checklist.

  1. Monitor each tree for unstable roots, weak limbs, and structural hazards – We had a few major storms this summer in Northern Colorado and your trees may have been hit pretty hard. Take a look to ensure that they’re still growing the way they should. Keep in mind that now is a good time to start thinking about tree trimming/pruning.
  2. Look for disease and damage – Be...
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In one of our recent blog posts, we discussed everything you need to know about the emerald ash borer. You should hopefully know by now that this small bug can wreak major havoc on your trees. We will use this post to explain what you can do about an EAB infestation and what to look for specifically.

Through the end of the month, emerald ash borers lay eggs in ash bark. Don’t be mistaken by their inch-long size, as the larvae tunnel their way into the tree. Between about mid-summer and October, the larvae feed under the bark and create S-shaped grooves in the process. Interestingly, emerald ash borers don’t have the ability to fly more than a half mile from where they emerge, giving them the freedom to impact an entire neighborhood within a few years if not properly managed.

Is The Emerald Ash Borer Affecting Your Trees?

It’s not all that difficult to tell if your tree is being...

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Certified arborists, also affectionately called tree doctors, are your best bet when it comes to diagnosing and treating sick or dying trees. When people try to self-diagnose or treat their beloved trees, often times they can end up putting harmful chemicals on a tree that doesn’t need it, overwater their tree, or wind up doing more harm than good. At Schra Tree Care, our team is dedicated to preserving the beauty of our Colorado landscape, and that includes treating trees that are worth saving, and understanding when a tree is too far gone. Today, we’d like to share some useful information to help you understand when it might be time to call your local Loveland arborists.

How To Know If A Tree Is Healthy

In general, trees are pretty good at fending for themselves, especially if they have been around for a long time. Aside from occasional pruning and maintenance, a healthy tree should continue to thrive until an outside force or old age gets to it. Healthy trees should have full foliage, stems and leaves should be rigid, and the bark should not be...

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Emerald ash borers are the talk of the arborist town, and not in a good way. These small beetles are wreaking havoc on ash trees throughout the country, and with the invasive species recently showing up in the Front Range, it is more important than ever to be prepared to handle what is almost inevitable. The first step in preventing a major infestation is education, so today we’d like to share some of our knowledge about the emerald ash borer with you.

What Is It, And How Do I Know If My Trees Have It?

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is the most destructive forest pest in North American history and has caused billions of dollars in damage, destroyed millions of trees, and put every ash tree at risk. The beetle is native to northeastern Asia, and while scientists are unsure exactly how it got here, it is hypothesized that they most likely came in ash wood that was used for stabilizing cargo ships. There are not enough natural enemies of EAB, which means it is an invasive species that continues to grow and destroy trees.

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Do you have trees on your residential or commercial property? If so, then chances are you might have a reason to have a certified tree expert take a look at them. But what exactly can an arborist do that you can’t do yourself? Let’s take a look.

Reasons To Call A Certified Arborist

  • Trim and prune overgrown trees: While you may feel comfortable pruning and trimming your own trees, it is important to understand that not all trees need the same type of pruning. Our tree experts can professionally and efficiently trim trees on your property while maintaining their health and beauty. Having a nicely trimmed tree can improve property value and add curb appeal.
  • Get rid of trees and stumps: Most of us have witnessed someone use a chain to connect a tree stump to his truck and hit the gas in attempts to rip the stump out of the ground. Believe it or not, this isn’t exactly “best practice” when...
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