As long as you are planting a tree correctly, now is a great time to add a new tree to your landscape! Follow these steps: Choose a tree that is right for your location, how much light it gets, how big its mature size will be, etc. Dig your hole! MUCH wider that deep, 2-3 times wider than the tree. Make the hole more shallow than the trees root ball. Cut the bottom of the basket off, put the tree…

It seems like summer does not want to end, but it is going to be fall in 6 days. Everyone likes to decorate their porch or patio for fall. Freshen up those tired looking pots! Even though we have not yet had frost, it has been a long season for the annuals. Some have powdery mildew, some are just leggy, some are bloomed out. There are a number of flower choices that like the cool weather of fall that we…

Fall may be approaching but keep your sprinkler system operating as it has all summer. Watch the weather as the temperatures may drop here and there – this is a good opportunity to take a day or two off from watering, just don’t forget to turn it back on when it heats up again. As we approach fall the plants still need water until well after leaf drop. What you can begin to do is ease back on the run…

It’s getting late in the season. There are only 28 days until fall. Spring and fall remain full of landscaping tasks, but there are plenty of ways to spruce up your lawn and garden as the summer ends. Check out these easy and effective end of summer landscaping tips, designed to extend the season and keep your outdoor living area healthy and comfortable. Watering your lawn and garden can be problematic, depending on local limitations. About 1-inch of water is all…

With days getting shorter, now is a great time to be thinking about how lighting can help you make the most of your yard. We are almost a month out from the first day of fall, landscape lighting can help give us more time outdoors. There are three main ways lighting can enhance our outdoor experiences; accessibility, security and ambiance. Landscape lighting benefits Whether it is lighting a walkway or stairs, adding light to darker parts of the yard, or…

Learn what is damaging your tree, and how to stop it. Distinguish between plant damage brought on by diseases, insects, or a nutrient deficiency. Learn to identify these pests and how to protect the trees. Beetles and bugs are damaging our trees. Ash Bark Beetle – These beetles are accounting for most of the decline of the Ash trees. Bark beetles infest and reproduce in live trees. They may infest the entire tree. Spring pruning and disposal of infested branches…

Japanese beetles have descended upon many Front Range communities. These exotic pests love many of our favorite plants, including roses, Virginia creeper, sunflowers, and green bean plants. But before the adult beetles wreak havoc on plants, leaving behind lacy skeleton of leaves, their white grubs are busy at work chewing on our turf roots. If your lawn is looking damaged, it could be due to any number of causes including heat stress. But if you are seeing Japanese beetles in…

Now is a good time to refresh garden areas, as some annuals have likely begun to fade. Choose some perennials that will tolerate the hot days still ahead and bring color to your garden for the rest of the growing season. Gardens are where plant science and art come together. Start by selecting plants that will grow in Colorado’s harsh hot and cold climate and that need very little water. Then select the ones you will plant based on their aesthetic…

A favorite family activity each 4th of July may be to have a sparkler and write something in the sky! The majority of people usually just throw the used sparkler on the ground and forget about it, well do not do that! It is bad for your lawn! Get a bucket of water! Fill your bucket with water and have everyone put the used sparklers straight in the water instead of burning holes in your lawn! If you have any…

Pollinators need sources of water for many purposes, including drinking. Butterflies, for example will gather and sip at shallow pools, mud puddles or even birdbaths. You can easily create one of these water sources in your landscapes. Why it is important to provide water for beneficial insects. · Pollinators need sources of water for many purposes including drinking and reproduction. · Foraging honeybees collect water to dilute honey, regulate humidity, and cool the hive. · Butterflies get salts and nutrients…