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The Best Time of Year to Plant Trees
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After purchasing some fruit-trees, you must, of course, plant them. Proper planting depends very much on the subsequent evolution of the tree, so it is good to keep in mind some aspects and avoid planting randomly.

Ideally, pits will be dug a few months before planting, as this favors a sterilization of the place. For example, for autumn planting, specialists recommend that the pits be dug in August, and for the spring plantings, pits will be dug in warm days during the winter. The size of the pits is best to be as large as possible, to provide ample growing space for roots and crown. Recommended tree pit size is 5 feet by 10 feet. Contact Colorado call before you dig services before doing any digging to ensure the safety of your home and maintain good working order of buried cables and water pipes.

mom and her child plant sapling tree

Digging the pits also aerates the soil, which will turn to be helpful for the development of the roots, especially in the case of hardened soils.

Tree planting is the work by which the trees obtained in the nursery are moved to their definitive place. Planting must be done in two moments of the year:

  • in September-October, when the soil is soft enough
  • early in the spring

Preparing the trees for planting begins with the removal of the injured parts of their roots, as well as the renewal or smoothing of the wounds that exist on the roots thicker than 3-4 mm. These operations must be performed in order to maintain a healthy root system and make the planting successful.

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By Harriet
Winter Yard Maintenance Tips
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To ensure that the space around the house will survive intact to the cold season, it is important to take some precautionary measures in advance.

small young blue spruce covered with snow

Protect alleys, fences and other exterior structures

Exterior structures, whether they are made of wood, stone or composite, need your attention during the cold season. If you have wooden deck floors, cobblestone pavements or fences from different materials, autumn is the ideal time to provide them protection against the upcoming low temperatures and moisture.

At the same time, you can now also check for any problem areas; sick trees and roots, and tilted fences etc.; they will degrade even more during the winter, if you do not take action.

Here is what should do:

  • Paint the wooden surfaces. The exterior floor and other wooden structures require annual care to prevent rot and degradation
  • Evaluate the condition of stone and composite elements and take the necessary protective measures
  • Pay attention to outdoor furniture! Store it indoors, in winter, or cover it with a waterproof film

Protect the lawn

You must not neglect your lawn, during the winter. Cut the grass periodically and apply fertilizer until the end of the fall season, before the first frost.

If you run into maintenance problems, make sure you find underground cable locator professionals to check out your lawn for cables or wires before any digging repairs take place. This will ensure the safety of everyone doing the work, and minimize the opportunity for more severe problems to crop up over time.

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Maintenance Tips for your Yard
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A yard is not complete without a beautiful lawn, with green grass carefully trimmed. Here are some maintenance tips, recommended by specialists.

  1. Weed control

With perseverance and using a good technique, the war against the weeds can be won. Many of the weeds can be removed using mechanical means. However, if you are not successful in the end, you will have to consider some herbicides.

  1. Mowing the lawn

Regular grass trimming is important because it will make it thicker. Regarding the trimming technique, it is better to cut the grass more often than at long intervals. When using the lawn mower, change its direction several times, so that the grass is not pressed in the same direction each time.

  1. Fertilization

Cutting grass removes nutrients that need to be replaced, in order to have a beautiful and healthy lawn. Therefore, you must fertilize it every 4-5 weeks, starting with the beginning of spring.

  1. Watering

If you want a green lawn that enhances the entire aspect of your yard, then water it properly. The frequency of this process depends on temperature and humidity. When the grass needs water, it will get a gray-blue tint and will begin to twist or wither.

Please make sure that before you do landscaping repair or maintenance that involves digging, you schedule underground wire location services by calling Colorado 811.

 

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Tips for DIY Landscaping: Alley Patterns
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Create wonderful garden paths from tiles scraps

If you recently moved in or renovated your home, you may still have some broken tiles that just lay around with no purpose. Here is an idea: break the remaining tiles into small pieces, mix them and use them to pave the alleys in the garden. You will get stunning results that will only bring you praise from your guests.

Garden paths made of useless pieces of construction materials

Responsible people focus more and more on recycling, so here is another interesting idea: take bricks, natural stones and even hollow bottles or pieces of glass. Bury them partially into the fresh concrete, make sure that each piece is visible enough but not very preeminent, because you need a smooth and easy to walk surface after all.

A mosaic made of gravel arranged with care

If you are an extremely patient person who like the things made with care and who even wants to get involved in all kinds of DIY projects that demand attention and focus on details, perhaps the mosaic-alleys, made from gravel, will catch you attention. All you need is an extra-dose of patience, but the result is worth the effort.

Please be reminded that before starting any project involving digging,  you contact trained utility location services to identify buried pipes and cables.

 

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By Harriet
Best Trees to Plant in Colorado
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The selection of trees for gardens and public landscaping should be made responsibly. The climatic particularities in Colorado make some trees better to be planted than others. Besides resistance to local weather conditions, other tree planting considerations must include the growth rate, the form of the trees and their size at maturity, as well as pest resistance and maintenance issues.

As such, some of the best trees to plant in Colorado are evergreens. However, the larger ones, such as blue spruce and the various pine and fir types are not suitable to be used as street trees; on the other hand, smaller evergreens like Piñon (Pinus edulis), Hawthorn species (Crataegus spp.) or Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) are.

Small ornamental trees are also successfully used for landscaping. Canada red cherry and Mayday tree with their white flowers, Canyon maple (which is a Rocky Mountain native), Ginkgo biloba, American linden and Sycamore trees are only a few examples.

The trees recommended for Colorado front range communities include many species of large shade trees, such as English oak, Hackberry, Bur oak, Swamp white oak, Honeylocust and American elm.

On the other hand, there are also a few species that are not recommended to be planted in Colorado, for various reasons: their susceptibility to diseases, their tendency to spread and out-compete native species etc. We are talking about Silver maple, Russian-olive or White-Barked Birches, among others.

Before planting any trees in your yard, call professional Colorado utility locate technicians to ensure buried cables are undisturbed and functional throughout your landscaping project.

 

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Low-Water Plants For Landscaping
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All plants need water to survive, it is just that some of them are able to resist longer without water.

Agave

The Agave plant stores the water in its thick leaves and develops very deep roots that collect the necessary water. Landscape planners often use the agave plant because of its interesting foliage and also because it does not require special maintenance.

Bougainvillea spectabilis

Bougainvillea spectabilis is a champion among low-water plants, being able to resist in extreme conditions. This colorful flower plant is very easy to grow and maintain.

Lantana or chameleon plant

Lantana or chameleon plant is a perennial plant with parti-colored green-yellow leaves and a reddish stripe at the edges. It loves warmth and dryness and can grow in any kind of soil. Its flowers attract butterflies, bees and birds.

Leander

Leander is a tropical plant. It produces flowers of different colors – yellow, pink, white and purple. It is known as a plant that adapts easily to drought and grows well in seaside areas, preferring sunny places.

Lavender

Lavender is a light perennial plant that grows easily and is tolerant to heat. You can plant it either directly in the earth or in decorative containers, but make sure that the pot is well drained because this plant does not bear excess water.

Cactus and succulent plants

Besides the reduced need for water, cacti do not require any special care. Many varieties can be easily grown in the garden.

Please note that it is always important that in Colorado call before you dig with any landscaping project to keep underground plumbing and cables in tact and functional.

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By Harriet
Should I Install My Own Sprinkler System?
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Installing a sprinkler system might seem like an overwhelming task at first, but with the easy to assemble systems available today, putting together a great sprinkler system is a breeze and it also saves you a lot of money. The systems available in the stores or from online suppliers are all different and they come with detailed assembly instructions, so in what follows we would like to provide a few ideas that work with any system:

  • Start with system design – before you buy the system, make sure you know exactly how many sprinklers you need and what kind of terrain obstacles you will need to work your way through.
  • If you think you need help with the design phase, many stores offer free design consultancy or you can turn to an expert who will design the system for you for a small fee.
  • Consider systems that use rotor sprinkler heads – they are the most efficient and use the least sprinklers.
  • Be prepared for hard work – you will need to dig a trench that is suitably wide and deep for the drains, then you will also need to cover the trench after you placed the pipes and the other components. Before digging ensure you call Colorado 811, the underground cable locator professionals, to ensure buried cables are left intact.

As you can see, this process can be time consuming and back breaking! Good luck!

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By Harriet
DIY Landscaping Design Ideas
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DIY landscaping is a great, cost-efficient way to improve your home’s curb appeal, but if you have never done anything like that before, you night feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the project. However, not all landscaping procedures require expertise and know-how – here are a few landscaping ideas that will improve the way your yard or garden looks without requiring you to break your back or the bank:

  • Start the design process with a thorough clean-up – remove all the clutter that has accumulated in the corners and around the shed or anywhere else in the yard or in the garden to be able to see what the space you will work with looks like.
  • Put it all on paper first – you can use online landscape designs for inspiration and then draw your own design on a piece of paper to see the overall picture.
  • To keep buried electrical and plumbing cables in good working order, make sure before digging you research underground wire location by calling Colorado 811. They will be able to map out the areas to avoid when digging.
  • Use a landscaping app available online – there are many that are easy to use even for beginners and are also available for free.
  • Choose the focal point of the garden or of the yard and work on that first. A few shrubs or a statue placed in a strategic location changes the appearance of the entire space at once.
  • Research plants that are easy to handle, not very sensitive, but attractive – look for plants that are suitable for beginner landscape artists, but look as if they were planted by a pro.
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What Types of Trees Have the Least Disease?
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If you are currently in the process of landscaping your front yard or your garden and you are looking for trees that you can use, you must know that appearance and recommendations related to altitude and watering needs should not be the only aspects that you take into consideration. Some trees are less susceptible to fungal, viral or bacterial infections than others – here are some of the hardiest tree species that thrive well even among harsh conditions:

  • Paper bark maple – an attractive and disease-resistant species that works perfectly as the focal point in any garden and has something special and beautiful to offer in any season, such as the cinnamon-colored exfoliating bark.
  • Western red cedar – it grows slowly, but over time it becomes a huge tree that is very resistant and long-lived.
  • Sourwood – the species is native to the eastern part of the US and is a colorful addition to any garden, yielding beautiful flowers in spring and turning completely pink and red in fall. The tree is resistant to most tree diseases and it grows to be about 30 feet tall.
  • Magnolia – a spectacular and very hardy species that will embellish your garden the year around with its beautiful flowers in spring and with its evergreen foliage.

Please ensure that prior to planting any trees, before digging, you contact experienced utility location services to make sure buried cables stay secure and in good working order.

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What Is the Best Grass Seed for Colorado?
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Colorado has spectacular nature and spectacular colors everywhere, the amazing deep green of the grass being one of the hues that makes the area so amazing. Colorado climate is excellent for cultivating the healthiest, strongest, velvety green lawn around your home, but no grass species is suitable for all situations, so not every type of grass seed can thrive in the area – here are a few aspects that you should bear in mind when choosing the seeds:

  • Usage – will the lawn be used and stepped on a lot by children or pets or is it only a design component?
  • Maintenance – how much time can you spend taking care of your lawn?
  • Elevation – some types of grass grow well only at lower altitudes, while others stay green and strong even higher than 6500 feet.
  • Pests – some grass species are more resistant to pest attacks, while others are more sensitive, so the grass seed selection process should be informed by the local history of pest-issues as well.

One of the most widely used grass species cultivated around Colorado is blue grass – it is resistant to temperature variations and it thrives well on the plains and in hilly or mountain areas as well, but there are numerous other seeds that can work well in your area and give you the lawn that you want.

If you do find yourself interested in completing landscaping, planting, or sprinkler system updates, ensure you employ Colorado utility locate safety services to keep underground wiring and plumbing protected and in good working order.

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