Management, Inc., has
worked on a sizeable and varied group of projects a few of which
are highlighted on this page. Below you will find a brief
description of some of our representative projects and by
CLICKING ON EACH PHOTO
more detailed information will be presented.
If you are unable to view the following information, you can
download Adobe Reader at:
Ranch/Pasturelands tend to become infested with Noxious Weeds
either from some form of development i.e. roads, excavation for
buildings, etc; through the prior introduction of weed
contaminated feed/hay; and by weather, animal or mechanical
spread factors. Large land holders are taking steps to preserve
their properties by placing them
into Conservation Easements for
which the protection of natural habitat plants is desired.
Easements / Private Ranches
upon which VMI works are spectacular properties whose owners
harbor both a pioneer spirit as well as a firm commitment to
preservation and recognition that an ongoing weed management
program proves to be a good course of action.
Bareground is another service VMI provides.
This type of
application can be done on almost a year round basis and is
particularly effective to treat areas on which the client
desires NO Vegetation, such as under asphalt, along fence lines,
railroad tracks, equipment pads, etc.
can be done on a variety of surfaces. VMI has conducted a
number of such activities for Excavators, Airports, Utility
companies, Industrial sites and Railways located throughout
More and more Federal agencies are budgeting dollars for Noxious
Weed control in Parks and
Some of the agencies that have contracted with VMI to engage in
these activities are
Colorado State Parks and United States Forest Service.
/ Forest Lands
are vital and precious resources that get visited regularly by
both people and animals which can cause disturbance of soil and
subsequent distribution of seed. The agencies which are
responsible for the daunting task of managing such lands
recognize the need for developing Integrated Pest Management
programs in which VMI is pleased to play an active role.
City Governments and Local municipalities manage a wide array of
open space/common area lands within
Front Range communities which are utilized and appreciated by
Colorado residents. As control efforts continue
to be sponsored by these proactive groups, it is anticipated
that reduction in non-native plants should enhance these public
Governments and Local Municipalities
have recognized that lands under their control contain sizeable
amounts of noxious weeds. Some such populations consist of
Purple Loosestrife and Tamarisk both of which are on the State’s
eradication Iist. With ongoing efforts conducted by VMI these
populations are being controlled.
subdivisions have placed stress on much of the native habitat.
soil and damage to native grasses, wildflowers and trees occurs
as the area continues
to be populated. As a result, homeowners and their associated
open spaces require
assistance to control the inevitable weeds that come from
construction related activities.
are becoming increasingly aware of the predominance of a variety
of weeds. Among a few concerns are Dalmation Toadflax found to
be occupying the Front Range foothills and Myrtle Spurge, a
recent addition to the eradication list, which up until recently
was purchased in nurseries and used in Colorado landscape
gardens. These weeds are extremely tenacious and concern for
eliminating them from property is admirable and necessary.
Colorado have been hit hard by the Mountain Pine Beetle. Grand,
Summit and Eagle counties have a particularly difficult road to
travel with the current state of health in their surrounding
forests. As the population increases and more people continue
to develop vacation and retirement homes in these communities it
is important to become familiar with the issues facing
them in management of their trees.
Many individuals are becoming increasingly knowledgeable and
concerned with protecting their trees by investing in
Mountain Pine Beetle Spraying and Inspection. We offer
consulting services to individual landowners as well as
homeowner associations regarding how best to deal with diseases,
insects, and general health of the forest.
One of the most severe pests in the Southwest today is Tamarisk
also known as Salt Cedar. With the ability for each individual
plant to consume between 200-300 gallons of water a day it is
critical that this plant be controlled.
who contract with VMI to control Tamarisk / Russian Olive
are to be applauded for their role in the reduction of these
plants which have established an amazing foothold in the west.
Perhaps if more companies would allocate funds toward this end,
it might enable Colorado to enjoy more watershed and at the same
time increase watersports such as fishing and rafting/kayaking.
An enormous amount of turf weeds inhabit the lawns of Colorado
and in an ongoing effort by municipalities, public gardens and
privately managed common areas the grasses that we enjoy
throughout the summer months can be romped upon happily by
abound all over the Front Range and VMI is helping to keep them
weed free. From Dandelions and Field Bindweed to Redstem
Filaree and Common Mallow lawn care weeds are tackled regularly
along with keeping tree rings clean so tree bark is protected
from lawn mowers and weed whackers. Typically such work is
conducted for neighborhood common areas versus individual
The destructive effects of Insects and Diseases on trees in
landscapes and forests can be managed through careful
inspection/diagnosis of the problem and appropriately timed
Insects and Diseases on trees can be quite effective in
controlling a variety of problems. The health of forests and
particularly special trees in the landscape which serve as show
plantings as well as offer shade and habitat for wildlife is
very important and a worthwhile investment.