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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.