2014-2015 Winter Tree Damage
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NOTE: Subsequent to this blog, recommendations for tree service have been received. These can be found on
We received two comments within a couple of days in late March, 2015.
I got a call back from the City of Lakewood forestry expert, John Dzialo (not sure I got the spelling right). He said he’s been getting lots of calls about distressed trees and they just had a meeting to discuss city trees that are all presenting brown/burnt needles. He said the suspect is the quick severe freeze(s?) over the last winter. The city is taking a wait and see approach, hoping most established trees can recover. He said he may come by to look at our trees. I told him our bushes and others in the neighborhood are also showing stress and he said that would probably be due to the same issue. So I’m hopeful our trees aren’t all dying. Whew!
Actually the arborist came out and said our trees have beetle kill. :( We are going to lose 3 trees. Maybe if others have the same problem, we can get a group discount.
I notice that there are three ponderosa pine trees within a block of the Alaska Drive/DeVinney Drive intersection that show signs of stress. One looks mostly dead. I'm not an expert, but it sure seems like this could be a problem for neighbors who also have ponderosa pine trees in their yards. Is there a possibility that the GMCA could take advantage of economies of scale and arrange with a tree service to offer protective tree care to members of the association at a reduced cost?
Lakewood Website Resources
Forestry Home Page
Tree Contractor Information (must have a Lakewood Tree Contractor’s License)
Tree Information and Resources
Urban Parks Division
2775 S. Estes St.
Lakewood, CO 80226
Anyone who can add to this knowledge base, whether with additional damage descriptions, successful cures, or perhaps most helpful, names of successful Tree Contractors, PLEASE post here by adding a comment.
3/24/2015 06:14:12 am
Please folks, please pay attention to this tree problem. I am about to take down my 60-70 foot DEAD scotch pine and there is going to be 10s of thousands of beetles looking for a new home. My neighbors wont answer their door and prevented me from paying to protect trees between our properties - the only privacy we both have between us - because they dont like chemicals. There are SEVERAL really effective protective chemicals out there with very limited harmful effects, very short term exposure that will save all the other trees if we can just educate folks. I moved to Green Mountain Estates because of the mature trees. I was quoted $1500 for removal and about $6000 for replacement (only 18 ' high tree). It's worth the cost and short term chemical exposure to TREAT OUR TREES!
Neighbor message: "We have a tree branch that extends over our property and could break and interfere with our neighbors' telephone and electricity. Can you recommend a removal service for senior citizens on a limited income."
4/8/2015 02:23:11 pm
If a powerline or telephone cable servicing neighbors is threatened then contact electric company or Century Link and they should send someone to check it out. They may send a crew to remove the threatening limb(s).
4/3/2015 04:03:43 am
Bailey Tree has done excellent work on our house and we've referred them to others here in Green Mountain Estates. Their crew is awesome. Rated A on Angie's List & 5 stars on Yelp.
4/7/2015 01:10:35 am
Before jumping to a broad chemical solution (and introducing poison into our local wildlife's food chain), problem verification would be a sound approach. That was an awfully abrupt and deep freeze in Nov. Does beetle kill square with what Lakewood and Jeffco arborists tell us? Has there been noticeable beetle kill in Jeffco parks? Tree services are in the business of selling chemical solutions. I'm not saying they're wrong, only that we should be a bit cautious about indiscriminate use of pesticides.
4/10/2016 02:42:37 pm
No jumping to conclusions. I had a professional diagnose the tree and it was evident by the sap and numerous holes in the tree AND the beetles on the ground that the tree was dying from beetle kill. That is how the professional identified the beetles. I had trees with winter tree damage as well, and this damage occurred at the top of my trees last winter. Now is the time to tree your trees, if you want to reduce the risk. I was told that the scotch pine was stressed and that is why it was targeted.
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