Got Water?

Let’s be real, last winters’ snow sucked. I remember thinking at Thanksgiving, “Oh it will get better, we have seen early seasons like this before, snow will come.” But it really never did. On top of the low snowpack we have also had a very dry spring and that has caused our plants and trees to become stressed.

According to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) the state of Colorado ranges from exceptional drought in the southwest to no drought in the northeast. Here in Eagle County we are in severe to extreme drought. Thankfully there are currently no water restrictions but our domestic landscapes and the native areas are feeling the effects of the drought.

Image: NIDIS

Now, we can’t change what has happened in the past, so what can we do?

Water!

That is the no brainer answer, right? But let’s dive a little deeper into what that really means. Our native landscape is used to receiving a heavy snowfall during winter and throughout the spring that snow melts at a somewhat steady rate. They are used to not receiving substantial rain until July or August. Native plants have adapted to the environment they live in, which is why they can thrive better during drought than our landscaped trees. Since a majority of trees in the valley didn’t have snow on them over winter and irrigation is turned off, the trees were already stressed coming into our dry spring. This set the trees up to be vulnerable to insects and diseases. The trees need deep and infrequent watering during dry winters and dry springs to help them store enough energy to make it through until the monsoons.

Image: This is an image of how dry the trees in this valley were coming out of winter before most people had their irrigation systems turned on.

Another element we should discuss is fertilization. During droughts trees are using all their energy to survive. Do you remember as a kid looking at the lines on tree stumps? You could see thick lines and thin lines and count the age of the tree. The thicker lines signified increase growth, meaning a good growing season and plenty of water and nutrients. Thin lines meant the tree was stressed and stored the energy rather than go through a major growth spurt. That being said, trees know when to store their energy and when to grow. Adding fertilizer to stimulate growth can actually be detrimental to drought stricken trees, so water is the best option. Most fertilizers stimulate a foliar growth to make the trees look nicer. There are types that are specific to root health. During drought if you choose to fertilize, make sure to choose wisely to help your tree through this rough time.

Image: With our injection wands we can provide your trees with the necessary water and fertilizer they need to thrive.

Old Growth offers multiple different options to help care for your drought stressed trees. Give us a call if you have questions or want to discuss what your trees might need most.

As always, use water wisely! Do a little rain dance to help the monsoons arrive with an abundance of rain.

*Featured image from The Denver Channel

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Marcelle Pellerin
14:47 06 Aug 19
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Ilene Gauger
Ilene Gauger
20:11 16 May 19
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Glenn Frommer
Glenn Frommer
13:56 08 Nov 18
This is the email I wrote to Mike Earl, the owner of Old Growth, after they completed the removal of 15 Aspens and cleaned up 15 others. Mike - your crew did a really terrific job. I was amazed at how skilled they are at getting trees to land exactly where they want and was delighted by how thorough they were on the clean up of the job. Really appreciate your time in working with the Planning Board. Great job all around and we'll be working with you for years to come.read more
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15:54 29 Oct 18
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Todd Bar
Todd Bar
19:59 20 Aug 18
I used Old Growth to remove 4 large dead Aspens that were less than 10 feet from our home in Beaver Creek, CO. They did a very good job at a fair price. I would definitely use them again if the need arose.read more
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18:54 08 May 18
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18:54 02 May 18
We highly recommend Old Growth Tree Service. They removed four trees from our yard.. were timely and left the areas very clean. Don't hesitate to call them for your tree needs.read more
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Gary Blamire
14:18 24 Apr 18
Removed a large, partially fallen tree from my property. I was concerned the tree would fall into the house. They assessed and removed the tree the same day. Very professional. Thanks to Matt and Mike.read more
William R.
William R.
15:05 09 Aug 17
I switched from another service to Old Growth TreeService, and am very glad that I did. Mike Earl is a skilled arborist and definitely knows what he is...read more
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Bo P.
10:53 30 May 17
Mike and his crew are top notch! Mike makes it his personal business to keep our trees healthy and thriving which can be pretty tough in our climate. We...read more
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thanks for the help

-Bernie K, Eagle Vail
July 11, 2018

Score 10

Very professional.

-Alex D, Eagle
July 11, 2018

Score 10

You did what you said you would do in a very professional manner.

-Dean W, Eagle Vail
June 29, 2018

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