Residential Services

Tree Pruning / Tree Trimming

Pruning your trees and shrubs is a crucial part of maintaining the health of your landscape. It is the most common tree maintenance procedure, and there is a science behind it. Pruning enhances the health, beauty and structure of your trees. How often you need to prune depends on the age and type of tree or shrub.

Why should you prune your trees?

  • Pruning for health: Removing diseased and dead branches is crucial to keep your trees healthy.
  • Pruning to Reduce Risk: Removing weak or dead branches can protect against storm damage, and the danger of fallen limbs.
  • Pruning for Appearance: Aesthetic tree care is important, particularly for mature trees when the characteristic form of the tree has deteriorated.
  • Pruning for Visual Access: Is a large branch blocking your view of a picturesque natural element, like a mountain peak or lake? Vista pruning can solve that problem; increasing your landscapes natural beauty and value.
  • Pruning Young Trees: Developmental tree pruning helps to ensure young trees have desirable branch shape and structural integrity. This process reduces potential problems and the need to additional support as the trees mature.

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Protecting your trees and plants from pests is an important part of maintaining a healthy landscape. When left untreated, pests can wreck havoc on your trees and create costly problems down the line. IMP targets existing pests, and creates a plan to prevent future pest infestations.

What’s involved in IPM?

  • Inspection: A thorough inspection of your landscape to identify issues is the first step in creating an IPM plan.
  • Targeted Treatments: These treatments are used to address existing pest problems. The treatments used only affect the pest or disease that is being treated.
  • Preventative Measures: We create a comprehensive plan to prevent problems from developing to stay ahead of the pesky pests.
  • Pest Monitoring: We identify trees that are especially susceptible to pests and monitor them for signs of pests.
  • Preparing for Seasonal Changes: Is it likely that there will be over-wintering insects? Fall cleanup and sprays can prevent a spring population explosion before it starts. When hot weather rolls around having a rich and well-mulched soil and the right irrigation in the spring can prevent water stress in trees making them more resilient to insects.

Common Pests Affecting Colorado Trees

  • Emerald Ash Borer
  • Mountain Pine Beetle
  • Bark Beetle
  • Boxelder Bug
  • Ips Beetles
  • Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Essential Watering

Watering your trees is key to happy trees. Did you know that one of the most common watering mistakes is actually too much water? The time of day you water, the amount of water you use, and watering consistency all play key roles in your trees health.

Why is watering important?

  • New Tree Establishment: Newly planted trees and shrubs need extra care and require more frequent watering than established trees.
  • Energy & Growth: Water is used in the process of photosynthesis which allows the trees to grown and stay healthy.
  • Transpiration: Water also acts as a natural air conditioner for trees through the process of transpiration.

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Tree Repair

Trees can be damaged a number of ways including: construction accidents, car accidents, and storm damage. Depending on the level of damage it may be possible to save the tree by repairing it. Our arborists will evaluate the level of damage to see if tree repair is an option.

What’s kinds of problems can be repaired?

  • Split Branches and Forks: Steel rods, cables and bolts are used to draw the branches back together.
  • Tree Wounds: Wounds that are larger than 2″ are coated with a wound dressing or pruning paint. This will protect the tree from drying out and provide a cosmetic effect.
  • Small Uprooted Trees: If the tree is large, it cannot be saved and therefore must be removed. For some smaller trees it may be possible to straighten the tree and brace it using guy wires or cables.
  • Torn Bark: Effected bark will be trimmed away to allow new bark growth

What if my tree can’t be repaired?

If our team evaluates your tree and determines that your tree cannot be saved the next step is to consider removing the tree. Once the old tree has been removed our team can consult with you about options for planting a new tree in its place.

Tree Removal

Tree removal is highly technical and requires trained and qualified professionals. However, sometimes removing a tree is necessary for the health, aesthetics, safety, and liability of your property. Strategic tree removal can give competing species a chance to develop and mature. In certain instances, it may even be necessary to remove a living tree if it’s interfering with the health of other trees or threatening buildings, driveways, or utility wires.

Tree Removal Alternatives:

At Preservation Tree Care our chief goal is to preserve trees. We never recommend removing a tree unless there is no other option. The first thing we do is determine whether there is a reasonable alternative to tree removal that will allow you to keep your tree.

While proactive tree care and maintenance is the ideal way to ensure longevity, there may be some options for saving a tree you think may need removal.

  • Cabling and Bracing This can provide supplemental support to structurally weak trees. This helps to prevent injuries to your trees, such as crotch and branch failure, and provides some protection against wind and storm damage. This practice can extend the life of large feature trees.
  • Disease and Insect Treatment: These may be options, depending on the state of your tree and the problems it is suffering from.

If your tree can’t be saved, here is what you can expect during the tree removal process:

  • Careful dismantling of branches: Our highly trained personnel, utilizing state-of-the-art machinery, will carefully dismantle your tree to ensure the protection of your home and property.
  • Branch Cutting: Upon request we can cut wood into logs to be used as firewood or for other purposes
  • Wood Chipping: Branches and limbs will be put into a wood chipper.
  • Stump Grinding: Our team will cut your stump as low to the ground as possible. We can grind the stump upon request. Grinding the stump will allow space for a new tree to be planted.


Proper tree planting and transplanting is often underestimated. If done incorrectly, it can impact the growth and longevity of your trees. Our tree and shrub planting starts with a site analysis to help you choose the right tree for the right place. Then we hand pick the best quality nursery stock, deliver and install your new tree and guarantee it for one year. During this first year we monitor the tree to make sure that it is on its way to creating memories.

Factors to Consider When Deciding What Kind of Tree To Plant:

  • Space: How much space do you have for this new tree? This is the most important factor when determining the right tree for your property. Many people make the mistake of planting large trees too close to their home or too close to other trees.
  • Purpose: Are you looking for a shade tree? A tree to provide privacy? A decorative ornamental tree? Getting clear on what purpose you want your tree to serve will help you narrow down the choices.
  • Maintenance: Certain trees are more hearty in the Colorado region than others. Maintenance levels on trees also vary.

If you feel lost and aren’t sure where to begin, our team of certified arborists can consult with you to determine the best tree for your property.

What does it cost to plant a tree?

Many factors go into determining the cost of planting a tree.

  • Size: In general, the bigger the tree the higher the cost.
  • Time: How long it takes to plant the tree can affect the cost of the project.
  • Crew & Equipment: The number of crew members and type of equipment needed to plant the tree will affect the cost..
  • Location: The location you desire to plant the tree can play a role in the cost. If the location is difficult to access it can increase the price.

Our Guarantee

If you choose Preservation Tree Care to plant your tree we guarantee it for one year. During this first year we will monitor the tree to make sure that it is healthy and growing properly.

Lawn Health

Building and protecting the health of your lawn is an important investment in your landscape. We focus on the whole system to create a healthier lawn. This includes: proper water, soil conditions, and essential nutrients will help your lawn not just look healthy, but be healthy. Our program helps reduce the amount of pesticides applied to your property, and allows you to better enjoy a healthier lawn.

With Our Lawn Care Program You Can Expect:

  • Proper Watering: We make sure the right amount of water is going to each area of your yard. Some plants and trees require more water than others. Our team identifies these areas and creates a customized plan.
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What Makes Us Different:

Environmentally Friendly Products: Now more than ever, homeowners and property managers are paying attention to the materials, such as lawn fertilizer, being used by their lawn and garden service providers. People are increasingly seeking natural and organic options for everything from food to landscaping materials. That’s why we offer an all natural lawn program that includes ingredients reviewed by the Organic Materials Review Institute.


Our team of certified arborists are experts in their field. Make use of our knowledge with a consultation from our team. We can answer your questions, provide an evaluation and come up with a plan to ensure you love your landscape.

We Can Consult with You On:

  • Tree Health: Do you have a tree that you suspect might be diseased? Is the new tree you just planted not thriving like you expected it to? We can evaluate and provide our suggestions.
  • Tree Planting: Our team can help in the process of selecting a tree and determining the best location on your property for planting.
  • Property Evaluations: We will examine your property, mark the locations of existing trees, and provide our assessment of the best landscape plan for your property.