Cottonwood Tree Care

Cottonwood Trees

Cottonwoods, at least the variety (narrow leaf or plains) found in your Denver HOA or neighborhood, grow fast. Their water uptake is vigorous and they tend to thrive more easily than other species. However they don’t live very long, around fifty years and frequently are hazardous to remove.

Cottonwoods are desirable as a shade tree and a low maintenance ornamental. They also are cheap to buy and plant.  However, cottonwood branches break easily and are vulnerable to cytospora canker which can hollow out leads and branches.  Finally, they are the most expensive tree to remove because of their massive size and weight.

Cottonwood Trimming

Cottonwoods are ubiquitous in Colorado.  Those huge branches hanging over your house must have the dead wood trimmed out.  Also,  your insurance company, especially at the time of a real estate transaction, may request that you remove a cottonwood too close or hanging over the house.  Obviously the actuarial tables they keep are telling you something about the hazards of a cottonwood tree.

Cottonwood Plant Heath Care

Typically cottonwoods are pretty resilient. They may require a good fertilization and spraying for aphids.  Cottonwood roots love to run along the surface of the soil. They do this for oxygen and water.

Removing a Cottonwood

Over half of the dangerous trees we remove are cottonwoods and they are the costliest to removeIt’s a good idea to plant a more desirable tree species close to a cottonwood and remove the cottonwood before it gets too big to remove economically.  That way you will have a tree to replace the canopy you lose by removing the cottonwood, but don’t get locked in to keeping the cottonwood too long.

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