Although temperatures are still frigid and winter still has its tight grip on Colorado, spring is just around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about your garden and lawns. One of the first things that need to be determined is what type of flora you are going to plant this spring. This can be a difficult task in Colorado because of the rapidly changing weather conditions. However, gardenguides.com offers some tips on the best choices for spring planting in Colorado.
- Bulbs – Plant bulbs in a sunny area with well drained soil, after the last spring frost. Different types of bulbs include dahlias, calla lilies, gladiolus, and elephant ears.
- Annuals – Plant annuals after the last spring frost as well. Full sun annuals include yarrow, torch flower, mexican poppy, verbena, snapdrago, fountain grass, Dahlberg daisy, and the black-eyed Susan. Plant wax begonia, coleus, impatiens, and Madagascar periwinkle in shady areas.
- Perennials – Plant perennials after the threat of frost is over, or during the rainy season. The options for perennials include Rocky Mountain Columbine, prairie coneflower, blue flax, Russian sage, bellflower, and bloodred geranium.
Once spring begins and you need professional landscaping assistance for your lawn or garden, contact Lifescape Associates.
Now that the snow has melted and the sun’s come out, if you gardeners are dying to get outside, now is your chance. The first thing you need to do is sharpen those shovels. Go in the shed and check the sharpness of your shovel because planting time is just around the corner and you’ll want your tools to be ready to go.
Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to get those shovels ready:
1. Make sure you remove the rust before sharpening the blade of your hoe or shovel. Rust will shorten the life of your garden tools. To do this, use steel wool and a rag.
2. Use a metal file to sharpen the blade. During the gardening season, regularly use a file to maintain sharpness. If the blade is really dull, you may need to rent a small grinding wheel to sharpen the edge.
3. Check the handles also. It can be very dangerous using a shovel with damaged handles. The handles are replaceable if the blade is still good. Fiberglass handles are a good option for replacement.
Now you’re all set to start digging next month, but if you have a landscaping job that a simple shovel just won’t do, contact Lifescape Associates for your Colorado landscaping needs.
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Garden clean-up in the Fall is important because you need to know what to trash in order to prevent making a dangerous compost pile for your next growing season. Here are three tips that will help:
- Don’t procrastinate on the Fall cleanup.
By leaving dead plants and leaves on the top soil, you are making conditions favorable for harboring insects over the winter and perpetuate diseases into the next growing season.
- Trash plants that were diseased or had insect problems.
For instance, tomato plants that are dead due to insects and disease are best thrown in the trash, not the compost pile. If the compost pile does not reach and maintain a high enough temperature to kill insects or disease, you may cause the disease to continue into the next growing season.
- Pumpkins and squash debris should be trashed.
It takes up to three years for pumpkin and squash debris to decompose sufficiently to be used as compost.
Have any questions about composting for your garden? Send us a comment or give Lifescape Associates a call at 303-831-8310.
This garden tea time is not for you, but for your plants. Did you know that manure tea and compost tea offer plants a wide range of nutrients, some natural hormones and other growth factors? Or that the right brew of tea can keep some plant diseases at bay? How about keeping away those pesky winged and creepy crawly attackers with a carefully concocted tea brew? Certain tea brews can help keep your garden plants healthy and protected in so many different ways.
Take a look at this article we found on the benefits of tea time for your plants…
Gardening in raised beds is one of the best ways to grow healthy plants. Raised beds allow for the opportunity to create custom soil, more control of drainage and a set aside planting area. When you are building a raised bed, here are a few things you need to consider:
1. The Materials. Practically anything that can retain soil will work. Some good materials are lumber, recycled plastic, wood fiber and more.
2. The Height. A six inch bed height is good for soil that is well amended, but 12 inch tall beds give the plant roots plenty of room to expand and grow.
3. The Length and Width. The length is optional however the width is the most important. Make sure the bed is wide enough for two rows of plants, three rows are better. But make sure you are still able to reach into the center of the bed.
4. Pre-made kits are great for beginners. If you are just starting to get your green thumb, there are pre-made kits available that make bed setup easy and you won’t have to worry about doing any construction.