August 2022


Many of you remember the wet and heavy snowstorm that made its way across Colorado in May. As you can imagine we were inundated with storm damage work, in addition to our standard everyday work. Our crews have been working tirelessly daily to fit as much work into one day as possible. Right now, we are about 2-3 months from the acceptance date to complete any approved work. We know everyone is really excited about getting their trees and shrubs pruned  or removed, please know we are doing our best to get your work completed as quickly as possible without compromising the integrity of our work. We do have an option for you to move your work to the winter months, (December 1st-March 1st). While this may be a little later than you would like, we do offer a 10% winter discount for us to perform the work during the winter. We thank you all for your patience and understanding while we are working as hard as we can to get to everyone. 


We would like to introduce the Lawn departments dynamic duo who will be taking care of our Lawn Department, Seth and Jace! Both are young lawn professionals working hard every day to expand their knowledge and treat your lawns with love and care!

Seth is our newly appointed Lawn Manager. He has been a member of the Autumn Tree family for four years now. Two of those years have been working in our Lawn Department. He is knowledgeable and works hard to be efficient and keep your lawns looking good.

Jace has been a member of the Autumn Tree family for eight months training under Seth. He is also very knowledgeable, a fast learner, has a lot to offer the company and works hard in our Lawn department efficiently completing all your lawn care needs

We are confident in this teams ability to do a great job for all of you, we trust that you will be in good hands with these two. We encourage you to contact the office if you have any questions.

Afternoon rain storms plus high heat pushes fungal problems in trees and turf. 

Heavy rains don’t negatively affect the leaves, stems and branches of plants directly. The water just drains off of them. However, we do generally see an increase in the number of foliar fungal diseases after a period of wet weather. Why? Because the leaves stay wet over a long period of time. The spores of most fungi that infect leaves need a film of liquid water on the leaf to sprout and cause an infection. The more leaves stay dry, the less opportunity exists for fungal infections to occur. The more the leaves stay wet, the more likely fungal spores will land on wet leaves, sprout and cause infections.

How does this affect your lawn? While the rain this may have your grass screaming green, too much rain/water can cause big problems for your lawn. Necrotic ring spot (NRS), is caused by a fungus – water and fertilizer exacerbates the fungus. Symptoms typically arrive in late July and August. NRS is now actively attacking lawns. At first, lighter green or straw-colored rings begin to appear. Grass inside the ring remains green and healthy, but the rings themselves become matted as the grass dies. If left untreated, NRS can cause a LOT of damage. With proper application of fungicide treatments, coupled with good lawn management practices, NRS can be suppressed and your lawn will thrive. If you have noticed any of these thing




We are still recommending bio-stimulants for your trees, helps with recovery from damage sustained by may storm, also with stress from rising temps across the US. Bio-stimulant can be thought of as all-natural plant growth supplements. Just like multivitamins, they are designed to support immune systems and foster development. Altogether, this paves a way to optimal health. They leave your landscape flourishing, both internally and aesthetically. 



Tussock Moth was spotted near Colfax and Garrison, these have not been seen in Colorado for several years. The caterpillar of the Douglas-fir tussock moth is grayish with brightly colored tufts of hair and a shiny black head. There are also two long horns of black hairs behind the head and another at the rear of the body. Eggs hatch from mid-May to early June and caterpillars feed on the current year's developing foliage. Young larvae are 4 to 7 mm long and covered with long, thin body hairs that later develop into tufts. Because the female moth is wingless, the primary means of dispersal from tree to tree is by windblown larvae. Young larvae congregate on the tops of defoliated trees and drop by silken threads that may be over 3 meters long. These threads eventually break from the tree and give a ballooning effect to the larvae.

Mature larvae are about 20 to 30 mm long with a gray or brown body and a shiny black head. Two long hair pencils project forward from behind the head and another occurs at the rear of the body. Severe outbreaks can cause significant mortality of both overstory and understory trees relatively quickly (1 or 2 years). Top-kill occurs in less severe outbreaks. Bark beetle epidemics can occur in tussock moth defoliated areas.



First, the weather may just be the culprit! This fungal disease typically plagues lawns when the weather alternates between hot, dry periods and cool, rainy conditions. The disease most often affects turf that is stressed. This disease will spread very fast by foot traffic, rain, and improper lawn mowing practices. Ascochyta Leaf Blight is a stress-induced fungal disease found in lawns during the late Spring and Early Summer. Many grasses are susceptible, but Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue and Perennial Ryegrass are the among the most common victims. Ascochyta Leaf Blight causes bleached, dead, or straw-like irregular patches in the grass that come on very quickly, sometimes even overnight. From a distance, the straw-colored areas can resemble drought stress. 


Bill bug activity is periodic in the Front Range; billbug grubs are much smaller than many lawn grubs. The damage normally begins as yellow areas along the edges of driveways and sidewalks. Damage is usually observed in June. Much like other types of grubs, the damage they cause progresses in irregular ways and the grass can often be pulled up easily. The difference between mite and billbug damage is the overall appearance of the grass. Mites attack the grass blades, billbug grubs hit the roots. Because of this, mites leave the grass bleached and crunchy while billbug grub damage leaves the tops of the grass alone so it is still soft to the touch.


Cranberry girdler is a pest at or below the soil surface. The larvae remove the bark and conductive tissues of the stems, thereby “girdling” them and cutting off movement of water and nutrients in the plant. The result can be death of uprights in small localized areas or in larger patches. Larvae overwinter in cocoons in plant duff. Adult moths appear in May, June, and July. Larvae reach 0.5 inch long and are dirty white with a brown head. They feed on stems and runners beneath plant duff. Feeding may kill all or part of the plant.


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