In Colorado, we love our landscapes and are spending more time outdoors where we can enjoy them. While we had some rain early this week, we are reminded that drought is a fact of life in our state. We should look for plants that are easy to grow, can handle summer heat, and don’t need a lot of water. Annuals for patios and porchesPorches and patios don’t seem complete without a container or two of annual flowers. Choosing the right…

Tip of the Week If you’re spending more time at home and in your yard, you might be tempted to water the lawn often—but don’t. This is a critical time for your grass; spring is when it grows its feeder roots that capture water all season long. Resist the urge to spoil your lawn. Don’t let its roots get used to over-watering, or it can have negative effects for the rest of the season. Over-watering can cause turf roots to…

Your lawn doesn’t die each winter – it goes dormant Dormant grass needs care too, especially in periods where there is lack of precipitation. Turf needs water in winter, though not as much as it does in the heat of the summer. Simply turning off the water until spring leaves your lawn at risk of drought stress. Drought stress creates favorable conditions for problems like turf mites. The damage (brown, straw-like patches) can show up as early as February and…

Your lawn is stressed out too Your irrigation system should be shut down for the season, but you still need to give the lawn a drink. You’ll need to drag out the hose and sprinkler. You may have seen—or still see—snow on the ground, but don’t count on that snow to be enough to get your lawn through the winter. Snowfall usually provides far less moisture than rain, so you’ll need to supplement that with some winter watering—though not while…

The general rule of thumb has been to wrap young trees in late November and remove the wrapping in April. But here in Colorado we know that weather patterns don’t read calendars. Freeze can, and recently did, occur early in the fall. But don’t despair if your tree got caught without a “blanket” in October. If you planted a new tree this fall or have a young tree in your landscape, it’s not too late to wrap it. Despite the…

National Dog Day is Monday, August 26—time to celebrate our four-legged friends. If you’ve got a canine family member, keep them in mind when maintaining your landscape. Avoid potentially dangerous plants Many dogs dig up or chew bulbs and plants. If your dog is a curious type who likes to dig or taste what’s growing, keep dangerous plants in an area that pups can’t access or avoid them altogether. Some plants that could make your dog sick: Spring flowering bulbs…

The summer heat started later this year, but July is finally earning its reputation as the hottest month of the year. If your plants have been thriving as a result of early summer precipitation, a return to hot, dry weather could be a difficult transition. The best defense is a good offense The best way to help your plants survive Colorado’s altitude, intense sun, cold winters, and hot summers is to select plants that like to live here.We’re not in…

July is Smart Irrigation Month and a peak month for outdoor water use and a good time to make sure you’re using irrigation efficiently. Considering using smart technology to save water and money. By investing in smart irrigation technologies, you can save water, money and time in caring for your landscape. Here are three irrigation technologies worth considering on your next upgrade: Rain/freeze sensors. Irrigating in rain and freezing conditions needlessly wastes water and can damage your landscape. A rain…

Temperatures are rising in Colorado, and our plants will be thirstier. If you got a late start on your garden due to the late-spring storms, you will need to water regularly to be sure plants are established and healthy. The drought is over—for now—but doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still try to conserve water. Give the plants the water they need and don’t waste a drop. One way to save water and dress up the landscape in the process, is to…

One spark can send a dry tree up in smoke in a matter of seconds and spread fire quickly throughout the home. Watch this video to see how quickly this happens. Christmas tree fires can turn devastating and deadly within seconds. Here are 5 care tips for your fresh trees: Select a tree stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water. Immediately before placing the tree in the stand, cut off a few inches of the base so the…