Denver Alternative Energy
called with a problem
they were having with some newly installed
solar panels being shaded by a large black walnut.They needed
the occluding limbs removed, without damaging his new panels.
Or the new flagstone patio, the communication and cable
wires, and the power line running directly underneath the
The homeowner wanted to talk to a neighbor
about a full removal, because on the other side of the fence
the tree interfered with a satellite dish, a glassed-in
sun patio, communication and power lines, an antique pot-bellied
stove, and a vegetable garden. They decided to remove the
It was as technical a removal as I've ever
done, every limb and stem painstakingly tied off, cut, and
lowered to avoid damaging the surrounding delicacies. It
was also one of the most rewarding. Denver Alternative Energy
was ecstatic about the increased output of their new solar
system, and the homeowner was graciously thankful for the
care we took in our task. The neighbor was happy not to
miss the game on TV.
A distraught tree lover called
over the damage an early snow storm had done
to her honeylocust. She was worried that her favorite tree
was damaged beyond saving and needed to be cut down.
Upon inspection, I determined that several
large, overgrown limbs had indeed broken under the snow
weight and folded in on the interior canopy, but due to
the unusual shape and growth pattern of this tree, the damage
could be pruned out with minimal effect on the appearance.
I explained the tree could be saved, and set to work culling
the damage. With a few creative cuts and some careful climbing,
the tree came out looking better than before the damage,
with a truly unique canopy. She was glad that her favorite
shade tree was saved.
Empire Lakewood Nissan
received a notice from the city
informing them their trees had been improperly
pruned, or "topped", and they needed to remove
them all and re-landscape with new ones. Hoping to forego
this expense, they asked me what could be done?
I determined that while the tress had been
"topped" pretty severely, they could still be
properly pruned to eliminate the topping cuts and bring
them back into compliance with the city code. After a thorough
re-pruning, the city was satisfied the trees were compliant,
and the business was spared the expense and hassle of re-landscaping
their lot. It pays to hire a professional first!
A client had just purchased
her dream house
complete with expansive backyard replete with
many large, mature trees. She was dying to have a summer
barbecue party as a housewarming get-together, but there
was a big problem; the trees were completely overgrown and
had not been maintained in decades. Dead limbs fell out
of them weekly, windstorms left the yard littered in tree
debris, and the state of neglect cast a general feeling
of dark foreboding over the yard.
I came out to prune the trees and give them
the attention they had so sorely been denied. By removing
the dead and broken branches, raising the drooping lower
limbs, and selectively shaping and thinning the canopies
to allow for light penetration, the space was transformed
into a peaceful, naturally lit sanctuary. The difference
was remarkable, and the party to celebrate her new home
came off in the perfect setting.
The Department of Forestry
issued a warning
to a client that a large silver maple on
his property was a hazard and must be removed. He called
me to take a look at it, and apart from some large dead
limbs, I didn't see the criteria for a hazard tree. I climbed
the tree and conducted bore-tests in different locations
to determine the holding wood density in critical locations,
and checked the depth and breadth of visible hollows.
None of my findings indicated the necessity
for removal, so I met with the city arborist who issued
the ticket. Based on my bore samples, she agreed that the
tree was not a hazard, and could stay. I pruned out the
deadwood and the tree is still standing today.