Noxious Weed Prevention Tips

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by +

Noxious weeds can be a serious enemy to your garden. Weed control is important all year round, but it’s especially important in the fall. This is because many weeds become more vulnerable to herbicides during this season, and any weeds left to overwinter in the garden may cause problems the following spring.

Here are tips to prevent these unwelcome guests from invading your landscape.

Know your weeds. Many invasive plants can look like harmless wildflowers to the uninformed gardener. Visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture for a list of invasive weeds. When in doubt, take a sample of any suspicious plants to your local extension office.

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Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid in Colorado

Posted on August 25th, 2014 by +

Here in Colorado, gardeners often face difficult weather patterns and variations in soil types from region to region. But no matter which area you call home, gardening requires patience and knowledge as even skilled gardeners can make mistakes. Here are a few common gardening mistakes to avoid this season.

Not preparing soil well enough before planting. Soil should be tested for acidity and alkalinity. It’s better to amend soil and meet your plants’ needs instead of having to fix the problem later on. Remember to work the soil, break up clumps and add your amendments to a depth of 12 inches.

Mistaking your plants for weeds. Before many types of plants start …
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Landscaping Inspiration for Your Fall Garden

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 by +

Autumn is a time of transition from warm summer landscapes awash in bright blooms to the subtler tones of winter. With a well-designed plan, your fall garden can be a beautiful focal point, perhaps even outdoing your summer garden in terms of color and design. Here are a couple tips for planning a beautifully designed fall landscape.

Organize colors and textures. Contrasting colors and textures can draw the eye and make your landscape more visually appealing. Placing deep green plants near flowers with vivid red, orange or yellow foliage can make colors even more intense. Likewise, playing with plant textures can add visual depth to your Colorado landscape.

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Colorado Landscaping Tips

Posted on August 19th, 2014 by +

While the summer solstice has passed us by, our state’s magnificent wildlife continues to abound. There are still a couple more months before the weather shifts into fall and winter mode. You can use this opportunity to design and execute a few ideas percolating in your visions lately while keeping your Rocky Mountain location in mind.

Colorado Landscaping: Design by Geography

Where you live in Colorado plays a large part in your landscape’s design and function. The wrong layout will result in struggling vegetation, an unreasonable demand for water and using excessive amounts of energy and labor to make things work. On the flip-side, …
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A Colorado Gardener’s August Checklist

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by +

Extra heat and sunshine calls for dutiful attention to watering in the month of August. Although your landscape’s lush greenery and bountiful harvests may still be your landscape’s focal point, autumn’s chill is actually just around the corner. Here is a brief checklist of landscaping tasks for Colorado gardeners this August.

Keep an eye on watering. Water trees deeply and make sure to cover root zones – don’t just water around the base. Check your flowers and vegetables at least twice per day to make sure they’re not wilting or showing other signs of thirst. Remember, it’s best to water in the early morning when it’s …
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