The Importance of Native Trees and Shrubs

Posted on October 19th, 2014 by +

The most beautiful and sustainable gardens always feature a variety of trees and shrubs. These plants play an important role in enhancing both a landscape’s aesthetic appeal, as well as the health of its surrounding ecosystem. Here are some special benefits of planting varieties that are well adapted to our climate.

Stop soil erosion. Tree and shrub roots help keep soil in place. This is especially helpful for gardens located on sloping or hilly landscapes.

Native trees and shrubs help sustain native insects.  Insects are a great food source for native birds and other wildlife. Additionally, pollen from native plants attracts helpful bees and beautiful hummingbirds, creating a sustainable, bountiful habitat for …
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Why Fall Leaves are Your Garden’s Best Friend

Posted on October 13th, 2014 by +

Are fall leaves getting the best of you? Sounds like it’s time to put them to work in your favor. Dried, dead leaves are one of Mother Nature’s best fertilizers. Without them, our forest floors wouldn’t provide the same quality of rich, loamy soil needed to nurture buried seeds. In fact, without leaves, moisture would evaporate more quickly and pests and diseases would have a better chance at gaining access to tender new shoots.

While they may feel like the enemy at times, in truth, fall leaves are one of your garden’s best friends. Here are some important facts to know about fall leaves.

They’re …
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Proper Shrub Maintenance for Colorado Gardens

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by +

Shrubs are not only sustainable options for a healthy garden, but they also add long-term beauty to Colorado landscapes. However, without proper maintenance, even the hardiest of shrubs may succumb to disease. To keep your shrubs healthy and beautiful for many years to come, consider the following garden maintenance tips below.

Young or newly planted shrubs require regular watering until they’re fully established. This helps them form a strong root system, vital to health and longevity. Native shrubs are better adapted to our drought-prone climate. Nevertheless, these low-maintenance plants still need to be watered. Many newly planted shrubs require a thorough soaking at least once a …
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Wise Ways to Water in October

Posted on October 4th, 2014 by +

Receiving adequate moisture in the fall will help plants and trees survive long, cold winters and flourish in the spring. October is one of the most important months to start taking special care of your landscape’s watering needs. Wise watering will keep your garden healthy while conserving a precious resource. Here are some tips for wise watering in October.

Water when temperatures remain warm enough and the ground is free of snow cover. Keep an eye on the weather, and only water when the temperature of both your garden soil and the air is no lower than 40 degrees. In addition, make sure to water …
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Prepare Your Colorado Garden for Winter

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by +

In the late fall — when temperatures drop and plants go into dormancy – is the perfect time to prepare your Colorado garden for the long winter ahead. All steps taken now will give your landscape a better chance of flourishing with fewer pests and disease next spring. Here are four important steps that should not be overlooked.

Clean up your landscape. This helps prevent pests and disease from over-wintering. Concentrate on first removing and discarding all diseased or pest-ridden plants and debris that have fallen to the ground. Next, inspect your plants and trim off diseased parts. Pull up dead annuals, and make sure you remove old …
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