Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Curbside Christmas Tree Recylcing - Arborscape Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release)Dec 23, 2010 – Tis the season for celebrations and festivities as we close down 2010 and look forward to 2011.  In addition to all the joy and happiness you’re spreading this holiday season, we’d like to toss you a friendly reminder to bring joy and happiness to our local environment by Recycling Your Christmas Tree this year.

Christmas Tree Recycling has many advantages for the community as well as the landscape.  If you use your local waste disposal company for tree removal, you may only be adding your Christmas tree to the already overcrowded landfills in our state since many of these companies do not recycle trees or wreaths.  If you choose to recycle your Christmas tree this year, your recycled tree will end up as mulch or other useful gardening supplies that help reinvest in our beautiful community next year and beyond.

To sign up for the Arborscape Tree Recycling Program visit our webpage at

http://www.arborscapeservices.com/services/Christmas_Tre ...

or give us a call at 303-795-2381 and we’ll get you on the calendar for a date of pickup.  On that specified morning, simply leave your tree at the curb by 8am and we’ll pick up your tree and take it to the recycling center.  It’s that easy!  And the cost this year is only $15!

So this season, help Arborscape help Colorado sustain its beautiful landscape and Recycle Your Christmas Tree!

ArborScape is a family business owned by David Merriman. David started learning the arborist trade at the age of 10, working alongside his father in and around Greeley, Colo. He has studied horticulture at the University of Wyoming, Tarrant County Junior College, and Front Range Community College. Based in Denver, CO, ArborScape was founded in 1996 and has grown from a one truck operation. In 2009, we completed over 2000 tree care and landscape projects.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter Care for Trees


This article was written by David Merriman an ISA arborist and owner of ArborScape Tree Service and Ask an Arborist

 Most homeowners realize the need for watering trees during the growing season. However, you may not realize the need to water in the winter months, defined as October thru March in the arboricultural community.  In fact, it may be more vital to water trees during the winter.

Water Management

Winter tree care begins and ends with adding water and helping trees retain water.  You should winter water your deciduous and evergreen trees up to two times a month between October and March. The reason is, during the fall and winter months, root development still occurs. Tree root systems can spread 2-3 times wider than the height of the tree. Most of the tree's absorbing roots are in the top 12 inches of the soil. Winter watering keeps this layer moist.

It’s also important to help trees, particularly evergreens, retain water. Because evergreens are still growing throughout the winter, an anti-transpiration treatment will slow water movement through the needles, helping it retain water. 

Maintaining consistent moisture in the winter months prevents drought stress. Drought stressed trees are more vulnerable to disease and insect infestations.  Keep a watchful eye for anything that looks out of the ordinary. Symptoms from lack of water can appear immediately and include browning and drying of needles.
Even though deciduous trees are dormant during the winter, their root systems need moisture to remain alive. Damage from lack of winter watering won’t show up until the following spring and could include branch dieback, or tree mortality.

How to Winter Water
Here is how winter watering works. Water should be applied within the dripline of a tree. The dripline is where the tree branches end all around the tree.

Water deeply and slowly, applying water in a triangular pattern within the dripline. You can use a soaker hose, by hand, or use a deep root feeder. If using a deep root feeder, insert the feeder needle into the soil from 2-8 inches deep and water slowly.

As a general rule, apply ten gallons of water for each diameter inch of the tree. For example, a two-inch diameter tree will need twenty gallons per watering.  

Think of it like a Christmas tree in your house. Without water, it soon dries up and dies. The same thing can happen to the trees in your yard. Water your trees in winter and give it a headstart for the summer.

This article was written by David Merriman an ISA arborist and owner of ArborScape Tree Service and Ask an Arborist

Monday, December 6, 2010

IRS Guidance on Imported Drywall

This blog posting is a summary of an article written in the November 2010 issue of the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Reporter.  The original source of the information is:  Randall Pence, Capitol Hill Advocates, Inc., ASHI's federal lobbyist.

Please review my other postings on the Chinese Drywall issue in the blog. 

In numerous instances, homeowners with certain imported drywall have reported corrosion of copper wiring and components as well as the presence of sulfur gas odors.  In Nov 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC -  http://www.cpsc.gov/ ) that an indoor air study of a sample of 51 homes found a strong association between the problem drywall, levels of hydrogen sulfide in those homes and corrosion of metals in those homes.

On September 10, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance providing relief to homeowners who have suffered property losses due to the health effects of certain imported drywall installed in homes between 2001 and 2009.

Revenue Procedure 2010-36 (www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-2010-36.pdf) enables affected taxpayers to treat damages from corrosive drywall as a casualty loss and provides a formula for determining the amount of the loss.

This procedure provides the following:
  1. Homeowners who pay to repair the damages may treat the amount paid as a casualty loss in the year of payment.
  2. Taxpayers who have already filed generally have 3 years to file an amended return.
  3. The amount of loss that can be claimed is dependent on whether or not the taxpayer has a pending claim for reimbursement through insurance, litigation or otherwise.
Links to additional information:
http://homeinfosource.blogspot.com/2010/05/update-on-chinese-drywall.html