October is a Time for Pruning

Posted on October 25th, 2014 by +

Since severe winter storms are just around the corner, October is a great month to start pruning your Colorado garden. Here are a couple important tips that explain why pruning is important and how it can help your trees and shrubs make it through the winter unscathed.

There are several reasons why fall is an excellent time for pruning. Deciduous trees and shrubs have lost most, if not all, of their leaves and this makes pruning much easier. More importantly, most trees are going into dormancy and pruning them at this time won’t encourage them to develop tender new growth susceptible to frost damage.

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Select the Right Trees for Your Garden

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by +

Spring gets all the credit as nature’s “planting season.” Thus, many new gardeners are surprised to learn that fall is one of the best times of the year to grow trees. While it’s true that trees shed their leaves in the fall to store energy and prepare for winter, below the ground, their roots are still hard at work growing longer and stronger.

By planting trees and bare-root plants in the fall, you can protect them from heat stress and potential drought conditions. These roots will continue to grow all winter long, which means they’ll be more than ready to reward you with …
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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.

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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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