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Prepare Your Colorado Garden for Winter

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.

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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 stems and other plant parts from your vegetable garden. Plant debris that show no signs of disease or pests can be placed in your compost pile or worked into the soil.

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Keep watering trees and shrubs. As long as temperatures remain above freezing, you should keep to your current watering schedule. This moisture will aid your trees and shrubs as they head into dormancy.

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Tend to your perennials. Most perennials that have little winter interest can be and should be cut back. Evergreens and ornamental grasses should be left alone as they’ll provide nice color and texture through the winter season. Perennial beds can be treated with a layer of fresh organic mulch to give them extra protection against fluctuating winter temperatures.

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Protect vulnerable plants. Most hardy plants and shrubs can withstand the cold, but some may need a little help. For example, small evergreen shrubs will benefit from a wind blocking structure, while roses and bulb beds will appreciate a layer of organic mulch. Small trees may need barriers to protect them from wildlife. When in doubt, err on the side of caution with plants, and remember that you can always contact Lifescape Colorado to care for your garden year round.

At Lifescape Colorado, our professionals can get your garden ready for winter and flourishing by next spring. Please visit our maintenance page to learn more about our landscape maintenance services.

Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs in Autumn

Fall is a great time to plan next year’s spring garden. For stunning flowers and a gorgeous landscape, one important step you can take when cool weather hits is to plant hardy flowering bulbs. Here are a couple important tips for successful planting.

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Plant early in the fall to give bulbs a head start. Bulbs that have a good root system in place before freezing weather hits will devote more energy in the spring to produce flowers. Bulbs that don’t have an adequate root system must spend extra time in the spring to develop better roots before flowering.

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Prepare the soil. Flowering bulbs need well-draining soil so they don’t rot. This means if your soil is clay, you need to amend it with sand and peat to give it better texture. If your garden soil is low on other organic matter, add in some potting soil or topsoil meant for bulbs.

As you add amendments, work your soil to loosen it to the right depth. Smaller bulbs require at least 5 inches, while larger bulbs require 8. Note that the soil beneath the bulbs should be loose for root penetration.

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Plant bulbs with the pointed side up. On many bulbs, it’s easy to determine which side is the stem and which is the root. On others, however, it can be a little tricky. When in doubt, go with your intuition. Most bulbs will still find a way to push the stem up through the soil when it’s time. Don’t forget to water them when planting.

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Mark the space. Marking the bulbs will prevent confusion the following spring and help you avoid accidentally planting other things in the bulb bed.

Keep in mind that our skilled crew at Lifescape Colorado can create and maintain beautiful flowering bulb beds for you all year round. Visit our website today to learn more about our garden and landscape maintenance services.

Alpine Forget-Me-Nots

If you’re seeking a pretty flowering plant that grows well in our Colorado landscape, we recommend introducing the Alpine Forget-Me-Not to your landscape. This small, but vibrant perennial is a Colorado native, which means it’s well suited to our climate and growing conditions. This plant also provides much-loved aesthetic appeal with its true blue blossoms.

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Let Alpine Forget-Me-Nots Bring Life to Slopes and Rock Gardens

Alpine Forget-Me-Nots (also known as Eritrichium nanum) grow wild on Colorado mountains, as well as on high-altitude, mountainous terrain in other western states. Their blue flowers, which bloom from April through August, provide splashes of color that stand out vividly against the backdrop of their natural rocky habitat.

By adding these plants to your own sloping or rocky landscape, you can achieve a similar aesthetic effect. While Alpine Forget-Me-Nots share many similarities with standard Forget-Me-Nots, the alpine variety favor different growing conditions and have shorter stalks, growing no higher than 6 inches tall. Dainty leaves covered in tiny hairs add to the flower’s appeal.

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This flower’s rich blue blooms offer a simple way to add color interest to an otherwise bland landscape. Since these adaptable plants grow well in either full sun or partial shade, you’ll have some flexibility when choosing their bed. One of the most important considerations is soil, which should be well draining. This is typically not a problem when Alpine Forget-Me-Nots are planted in rock gardens or scree gardens.

You can propagate Forget-Me-Nots by division or by letting them self-sow. If you’re buying new plants and intend to add them to rocky areas of your landscape, make sure you plant true Alpine Forget-Me-Nots and not another species, which may be harder to grow in rock gardens.

Always remember that our professionals at Lifescape Colorado can bring expert care to your garden and landscape. Contact us today to learn about our many services.

Colorado Landscaping Tips

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.

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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, an intelligent landscape design will yield an attractive outdoor palate with relatively minimal effort on your part.

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The Great Plains. Normally, we think of the Great Plains as “out east.” In truth, 40% of our state is comprised of the same geography that stretches from Colorado’s eastern region through Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma. Temperature fluctuations are vast, water is minimal and a high-mineral content produces alkaline soil. Fortunately, drought-tolerant plants do well here and the arid climate keeps pests and diseases at a minimum.

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Postcard Colorado. Otherwise known as the Front Range, this is the region of our state that comes to mind for most of the U.S. It’s a landscape filled with steep mountain slopes, white aspens and lots of snow. As a result, landscaping in the front range requires an experienced hand. Working with a landscape designer and maintenance team will help you determine which plants will thrive the best in our climate.

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Out West. From plains and mountains, we move down into the desert where xeriscapes are a must. Without a xeriscape approach, desert landscaping requires large quantities of irrigation. Stick with plants that do well in exceptionally dry climates and keep in mind that broad-leafed trees and shrubs will require irrigation.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to design a geo-centric plan for your landscape today.

Our Expert Advice for Beginner Gardeners

Whether you’re growing a vegetable garden or want to cultivate a landscape full of greenery and beautiful blooms, a special satisfaction comes with watching your landscape thrive. When starting anything new, it’s always helpful to receive some advice from the experts. Here are a few gardening tips every Colorado gardener should follow.

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Care for the soil before planting. First, test the pH and nutrient level of your soil by using a testing kit or by submitting soil samples to a local extension office. After receiving the results, make any necessary amendments to make sure your soil is in tip-top shape.

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Choose the best locations for lighting needs. Always research particular plants’ lighting needs before planting. While some plants will thrive without much work, they’ll be much healthier if they receive adequate light. It’s typically easy to find out whether plants need full sun, partial sun or shade, but if in doubt, you can always contact a professional landscaping service.

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Plan for drought. Here in Colorado, it’s difficult to predict what the weather will be like from season to season. A wise gardener is a proactive one and considers the possibility of a future drought. Whenever possible choose landscape plants with low water needs. For all types of gardening, including vegetable gardening, protecting your landscape from drought means, in part, making sure the soil holds sufficient moisture. Extras, such as an irrigation controller, can also help you conserve more water.

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Keep things tidy. This means keeping the garden weeded, thinning plants and removing dead or diseased plant parts quickly. Although there are exceptions, most plants dislike being crowded. Furthermore, crowding can contribute to the spreading of pests and plant diseases.

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Start small. If you’re growing a vegetable garden, focus on just a few types of vegetables the first year. In time, as you learn more about gardening, you can increase the variety. Plants to consider starting with include tomatoes, salad greens and culinary herbs.

When you’re starting a new garden or want to design a new landscape, you don’t have to do it alone. Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can help you design your dream landscape.