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Denver Winter Landscaping Maintenance: Deep Root Watering, Tree Trimming, Spider Mites

January 29, 2016

The beautiful warm weather the Denver metro area is having this week is perfect for deep root watering, tree trimming, and finding and alleviating pesky spider mites.  Schedule your Denver landscaping winter service to ensure beautiful structures and new growth in the spring.
  • Deep Root Watering:  Many assume that the moisture from snowfall accumulations will be sufficient to keep trees and shrubs healthy and hydrated during the winter months. Did you know that the driest months in Denver are November through February? Root growth increases during the shorter days of winter due to a hormone that trees release. Maintaining appropriate moisture levels is imperative during this time.  As long as temperatures are above freezing, trees should be watered every 3-4 weeks.  If the soil around the tree freezes, rather than allowing the natural moisture to reach the tree’s roots, the moisture will be repelled.  This will directly damage your root system during dormancy. Keeping the soil beneath the surface moist with deep root watering ensures active root growth for a healthy and beautiful tree come spring.  
  • Winter Tree Trimming:  Winter tree trimming provides a variety of benefits.  Not only does it improve the appearance of your landscape, but trimming branches and trees are safer for you and your property as well as healthier for the trees.  Tree trimming can be done at any time of the year, but in general, the best time to trim most plants is during the winter.  Trimming promotes plant health by removing dead or dying branches that have previously been injured by disease, insects, mites, animals, storm damage, or people.  In the winter there is less of a chance of transmitting diseases from one plant to another or attracting insects to fresh pruning wounds as most fungi and insects are likely to be dormant at this time, as is the tree.  Don’t forget that we have a standing 10% discount for winter pruning available through March 1stCall American Arbor Care for your free estimate today!
  • Spider Mites:  Spider mites are not insects, but are more closely related to spiders and ticks.  While some spider mite species, such as Banks grass mite, feed almost exclusively on grasses, others including the twospotted spider mite, also feed on broad-leaved plants and conifers.  Spider mites on conifers and broad-leaved evergreens are cool-weather pests. Activity is low for these spider mites during the hot part of summer, although the damage becomes easier to see when other plants are green and flourishing. The mites can remain active even under the cover of snow and hide in the thatch and at the bases of plants during sunny days, but come out at dusk to feed during the night. Spider mites have tiny mouthparts which are used to rip holes in the leaf epidermis in order to consume the cell contents. The empty cells turn white and heavily damaged grass blades can look blanched or as if they have an infection of powdery mildew.  In many spider mite cases, damage observed during the spring is mistaken for weather effects, rather than spider mite damage!  To test for active spider mites, simply take a piece of white paper and swab your lawn; if there are brown and/or red colored streaks present, spider mites are present. 
Contact American Arbor Care today and schedule your Denver landscaping winter service to ensure beautiful structures and new growth in the spring.  With Colorado’s dry air, low precipitation, and fluctuating temperatures, it can be tough on your landscaping.  Make sure that you give it the care it needs with American Arbor Care, even if the ground is covered in snow and ice!