Create a Sustainable Backyard Getaway

Posted on July 28th, 2014 by +
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Virtually all private home landscaping was sustainable up until the post-war era when everything became “revolutionized.” This included the pesticide and herbicide boom, expansive green lawns, genetically modified plants with no ability to re-seed themselves and so on. Fortunately, we’ve all learned a little lesson about moderation, and now the pendulum is swinging back to a more sustainable pace.

You can enjoy this swing by taking steps to create a sustainable backyard getaway. The byproducts of your efforts will be cleaner soil and groundwater, a healthier ecosystem for your family, improved air quality and a safe place for birds, bees and …
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Summer Gardening Tips & Tricks

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by +
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If you speak with any long-time gardener, you’ll hear stories of trial-and-error, great ideas gone wrong and accidental happenings gone right. Take advantage of this wisdom, and apply these Colorado gardening tips to your own landscape design.

Learn New Colorado Gardening Tips & Tricks for Your Summer Garden

Raise the mower blade. Sure, a perfectly manicured lawn is attractive, but it also means your grass is more prone to heat and water stress. Shade from taller grass blades protects the soil from dehydration and mowing grass more than one-third its natural height can cause root stress. Raise those blades a little and leave the lawn clippings in place …
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A Colorado Gardener’s July Checklist

Posted on July 13th, 2014 by +
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July is a month in which your Colorado landscape may require a little extra planning and attention. While your landscape transforms into a colorful oasis, most of your gardening tasks may entail an early morning wake up call so you can head outside before the summer sun heats up.

Here’s a quick garden checklist for you to follow in the month of July.

Enjoy the floral bounty. If you’ve heeded our advice and created a mostly native landscape plan, then many of your plants will be on auto-pilot this time of the year. You’re getting the visual benefit of the late spring and …
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Dealing with the Effects of Heat in Your Colorado Garden

Posted on July 7th, 2014 by +
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As long as you’re planting drought-tolerant and drought-resistant plants, why not seek a specific kind of plant? The Drought Evader. We love this term coined by Gary Paul Nabhan in a recent Mother Earth News article. It describes plants that not only survive drought, but can also harness minimal watering to speed up its flower-to-veg cycle, bearing delicious fruits with significantly less water.

Using this as our inspiration, let’s look at four Colorado gardening tips you can use to deal with the effects of heat in your garden spaces.

Use drought evading veggies. Regardless of how conscientious you’ve been about your …
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Natural Pest Control Solutions for Colorado Gardens

Posted on July 4th, 2014 by +
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Landscaping with sustainable practices in mind can help eliminate toxic pesticides that are harmful to the environment. There’s a learning curve involved, but the benefits far outweigh any inconveniences. In addition to polluting the air, soil and water, pesticides also wipe out huge populations of beneficial insects that help eliminate harmful garden pests that can damage your plants.

Take a moment to learn about some of the natural pest control solutions you can use to eradicate the pests you don’t want, while keeping beneficial insects and critters alive and active.

Use birdhouses and bird baths. Talk about a two-fer; birds who prey …
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