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…

You don’t have to leave outdoor containers looking sad and empty. Nor do you have to put them in storage until spring. Your dormant landscape might need a pick-me-up for the winter, and that’s where those containers come in handy. If you choose a colorful container, that alone can add a pop of color. Use it to add some interest to your porch or stoop. Follow the same guidelines (thriller, filler, spiller) that you would in summer to combine materials.…

In the past, holiday lighting could be a complicated, even dangerous undertaking. But improved technology has made lighting up your landscape and home for the holidays safer and more energy-efficient. LED lights use a fraction of the energy that traditional incandescent bulbs use, and they often last 30 times as long, according to the US Energy Information Administration. They don’t get hot like incandescent bulbs either, which lowers the fire hazard. Check your lighting at home to see if the…

As the seasons change in Colorado we see drastic changes in colors outdoor, including our own gardens landscapes. What was green and even lush mere months ago is now brown and yellow with occassional pops of green thanks to evergreens. One of the questions posed often to Camelot Design this time of year is how to keep the landscape looking beautiful despite cold, less light, and harsh winter conditions. I like to incorporate trees, shrubs, and groundcovers that can withstand…

According to some predictions, Colorado could see a colder, snowier winter this season than we’ve seen previously. The Front Range got a sneak preview with a snow storm just before Halloween, and much of the state saw frigid temperatures. The storm this week was an early reminder to have a plan in place to keep your sidewalks and driveways safe. Here are some snow shoveling basics: Shovel your sidewalk after it snows. It’s the right thing to do, and in…

The growing season is definitely winding down, and it’s time to take care of fall landscape chores. Hopefully you winterized your irrigation system or got your sprinkler blowout done ahead of our big storm on Thursday. Now let’s think about getting our trees ready for winter. Prune shade trees so they will be better prepared to handle wind and snow. If there are dead or damaged branches from yesterday’s (or even last year’s) storms that have not been pruned, they…

Fall has just begun and now it’s time to think about putting our landscape and plants to bed for fall and winter. It’s a good time to give plants a little extra TLC that will pay off in a healthier and nicer landscape next spring. September and early October are critical times for plant care and moisture. Even with the nights cooling off—maybe you’re looking ahead and shutting down our sprinklers to avoid damage from an early freeze—you should keep…

It’s time to give your landscape some TLC before winter! Even with the grass slowing down and temperatures cooling, you still need to give your landscape a little TLC to keep it healthy as we head toward its winter “hibernation.” Follow a few steps to build a hardier lawn for the winter that will return to its full green glory next spring. Apply a final application of fertilizer. Using the same fertilizer formulation you used earlier this season is fine.…