Monday, March 02, 2015

Cutting Edge Tree Care, LLC

Phone: 303-362-1002


Cutting Edge Tree Care is a family owned and operated business based out of Lafayette, CO.  We specialize in tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, pest management and plant health care, planting new trees, installing dynamic cabling systems, and taking care of any other tree care needs you may have (small and large trees).  Our crew of ISA certified arborists takes care of your trees as if they were their own.  We have an in house Qualified Supervisor through the CO Department of Agriculture to evaluate any plant health care need and determine the least toxic method to handle the issue.

We provide free estimates for people in Lafayette, Erie, Louisville, Broomfield, Superior, Boulder, Gunbarrel, Niwot, and Longmont.  If you live outside of this area, there may be a consulting fee to get you a quote.  If you have an old, valuable tree, please call to discuss.  Charley is particularly specialized in the care of older trees and wants to keep them healthy and living as long as possible (even if you are outside of our service area).

We look forward to taking care of your trees of any shape and size!


Photo Taken by John Evans

Photo Taken by John Evans. Charley in the trees outside Greeley, CO.



ISA Certified Arborists

Our climbers and estimators are all ISA Certified Arborists:
_MG_1565Charley Wagner, ISA Certified Arborist RM-2359A and
_MG_1553Benjamin Falk ISA Certified Arborist RM-7028A

Go to our “Verify Certification” tab to check current status of any ISA certified arborist.
We are proud members of the International Society of Arboriculture!

Pictures of the crew working

We can take care of small and large trees!  Stump grinding & stump destroyer.  Integrated Pest Management practices.  Planting and removals.

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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). . . Fact, Fiction, What You Should Know, and What You Can Stop Worrying About

What to know about EAB:
*It attacks only ash trees (Fraxinus spp.) Mountain Ash trees are not a target, only Green, Purple, and White Ash trees (that we have around here)
*Adult Beetles are metallic green and about 1/2-inch long
*Adults leave a D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in spring
*Woodpeckers like EAB larvae; heavy woodpecker damage on ash trees may be a sign of infestation
*Ash firewood cannot be moved out of Boulder County because of the EAB quarantine.
*Homeowners/HOA’s should expect tree companies to leave all Ash wood and woodchips onsite to decrease the spread of EAB. Wood and woodchips MUST stay onsite–the chips can be used around trees and shrubs onsite and will not harm other tree species. They should not be moved to other homes or areas. We are trying to contain the EAB to places it is already present.
*It probably came from Asia in wood packing material.

When to Apply Pesticides to Prevent EAB:
May/June 2014–No one should be applying pesticides for EAB between October 2013 thru April 2014. Anyone telling you otherwise is trying to make money off of you.

Which Method of Pesticide Application Should We Use to prevent EAB in our Ash trees?:
CETC is advocating for Tree-AZIN, a trunk injection, to be the only product used in Boulder County to prevent EAB. In the United States, TreeAzin is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a bioinsecticide (Reg. 82996-1). TreeAzin is also listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic crops. Tree-AZIN does not use any neonicotinoids (like Merit aka imidacloprid) so honey bees, other insects and soil decomposers are not as adversely effected as they are when humans use any of the other products available in the market. In addition, by injecting the pesticide straight into the trunk of the tree, we are being more environmentally conscious– by eliminating chemicals being dumped into our surface and groundwater supplies (soil injections) and eliminating particle drift and improving air quality (spray applications). Trunk injections are not as common as soil injections and spray applications, but they need to become the only method of application to deal with pests, specifically EAB, in Cutting Edge Tree Care’s opinion. This is the only way can positively contribute to the environment, ourselves, and the precious commodities of food, air, and water we need to survive on this planet while simultaneously managing a pest that is destroying our beloved trees.

TreeAzin is registered for use against:

Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, Elm Leaf Beetle, Tent Caterpillars, Leafminers, Spruce Budworm, Jack Pine Budworm, Sawflies

TreeAzin is a systemic insecticide injected directly into the base of trees. TreeAzin is produced from Neem tree (Azadiracta indica) seed extracts. Neem extracts have been used for centuries to control insects. The active ingredient in TreeAzin is Azadirachtin (5% solution). TreeAzin is NOT Neem Oil.

Click here for the Press Release from the CO Department of Agriculture dated September 27, 2013.

Go to the Emerald Ash Borer page on the right hand side of our website for more information on this pest and for a more in-depth Q&A section.

Erie Storm on Saturday August 3, 2013

We are cleaning up emergency storm damage as quickly as possible. The local news did a story on one of the properties in Erie with the worst damage–and we were cleaning it up all day Sunday: Hard Hit Erie Neighborhood Cleans Up After Storm.

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Members

Check out our listings with the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

Just Another Day In Rainy Paradise. . .

Charley is in the News!

10/3/11: Littleton Gazette Article

9/27/11: Charley was on Channel 31 news live today. Unfortunately, the link to the 3 segments (6:45am, 7:45am, & 8:45am) he did with Dan Daru are no longer available since it has been over a year since the broadcast.

7/13/11: Charley was featured on the front page of the Daily Camera today. Shortly after, 9 News called, asking for an interview before he leaves for Australia tomorrow. Of course we said yes! He was on the 6 o’clock news tonight in the first 15 minutes. Check out the videos link on our website to see and read interviews that have been done.

Charley is in the October 2010 edition of the Rocky Mountain Arborist

The October 2010 Rocky Mountain Arborist just came out. Charley is mentioned on page 9 (Tree Climbing Competition) AND page 13 (the picture in the middle of the ad talking about becoming an ISA certified arborist. Here is a copy of the Rocky Mountain Edition October 2010. Check it out.

Charley is competing in the Rocky Mountain Chapter Regional Tree Climbing Competition this weekend!

9/26/13: Charley is competing in the 2013 ISA-Rocky Mountain Chapter Tree Climbing Competition on September 28, 2013 in Lions Park in Cheyenne, WY. Competition starts at 7:30am and goes until dark. Lions Park is located at Carey Avenue at 8th Avenue Cheyenne, WY 82001 Feel free to come and watch!

Competition Results Over the Past Few Years:
September 2013: 2nd place RMC (Cheyenne, WY)
September 2012: 2nd place RMC (Fort Collins, CO)
October 2011: 2nd place RMC (Sterne Park, Littleton, CO)
July 2011: 28th place ITCC (Australia)
October 2010: 1st place RMC (Washington Park, Denver, CO)
October 2009: Did not compete (on our honeymoon!)
July 2009: 9th place ITCC (Providence, RI)
October 2008: 1st place RMC (Denver, CO)
Note: ITCC=International Tree Climbing Competition and
RMC=Rocky Mountain Chapter

Look whose on the cover of the 2009 Petzl Arborist Solutions Catalog!

Charley was on the cover of the Petzl Arborist Solutions Catalog in 2009. Once you click on the link below, scroll down to the bottom of that page to find the “Info Petzl Arborist Solutions 2009 (pdf)” catalog link. Charley is on the cover in his footlock position. There is also a picture of his back on the “Harnesses” page, page 6. Check out the link below to find the catalog directly on the Petzl page:
Petzl Arborist Solutions 2009 Catalog

For a copy of the catalog in pdf, click here: Petzl_Arborist_Solutions_2009