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Environmental Impact

Good landscaping with healthy lawns and green spaces are a great benefit to our environment. A thick healthy turf helps trap pollutants and dust from the air. A healthy landscape helps lower temperatures in urban areas, and it even reduces erosion of soil into our waterways.

These are just a few of the environmental benefits that green landscapes provide.

  • Cooling

Climate is controlled at ground level by turf grasses as they COOL temperatures appreciably, thus working as exterior “air conditioners”. Eight average front lawns have the cooling effect of 70 tons of air conditioning while the average home size air conditioning unit produces only 3 to 4 tons of cooling capacity. A well-maintained lawn and landscape keeps your home cooler on hot days by reducing ground level temperatures by 30 to 40 degrees over bare soil and 50 to 70 degrees over paved surfaces like streets and driveways.

  • Cleaning

Properly maintained landscapes with shrubs, plants and lawns are environmental heroes. Dust and smoke particles from the atmosphere are trapped by turf, which helps keep the air cleaner. Because of their filtering capability, plants prevent soil erosion, filter contaminants from rainwater, and absorb dust and soot. Groundwater is enhanced in two ways by a dense turf. Turfgrasses increase infiltration of water and also clean the water as it passes so that underground water supplies are recharged for use by us all.

  • Reducing Noise

Landscaping can reduce noise by up to 50 percent. Quiet, grassed areas affect people’s moods, thus creating feelings of serenity, privacy, thoughtfulness, happiness or sadness depending on our association with their use…home lawn, roadside rest area, city park, golf course or memorial park.

  • Increasing Air Quality

Oxygen generation by turf grasses has a major impact in making our environment habitable and healthy. A 50′ x 50′ lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four.

  • Preventing Erosion

Erosion of soil by water is highly controlled by grasses as they intercept raindrops before they disturb the soil (and slow flowing water so that it drops larger soil particles collected). A healthy 10,000-sq. ft. lawn (about the size of an average suburban lot) can absorb more than 6,000 gallons of rainwater without noticeable runoff. As over watering is a much bigger problem than under watering, automatic irrigation systems, where possible, should be considered for the most efficient watering rates.

Lifestyle Benefits of Green Spaces

  • Healing

Good landscaping is therapeutic and improves quality of life. Millions of Americans spend countless hours enjoying their yards and tending to their flowers and gardens. Studies illustrate that hospital patients whose rooms overlook landscapes recover faster and require less pain medication than those lying in a sterile urban environment. Yearly cycles of nature produce changes in the color of lawns, which are among the first areas to green up in the spring. This brings a lift to human spirits and links urban inhabitants with a symbol of the countryside and its heritage.

  • Preventing Injury

Sports playing surfaces are made safer when grassed with sure footing and cushioning sod that adds to the quality of play. Volleyball, badminton, croquet, bocce and other games are enjoyed by young and old on grassed areas. No other surface material feels as good on bare feet or is as good for playing games and even turning somersaults.

Economic Benefits of Green Spaces

Not only can a well-maintained landscape add up to 15 percent to a property’s value, but landscaping can accelerate the sale by as much as six weeks when selling a home.  We understand that your biggest asset needs to be protected and that is why at BestYard.com we treat your home as if it were our own.

If you follow these suggestions carefully, you will always have a green, envy inducing lawn.

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Simple Tips to Check the Efficiency of Your Sprinkler System

Efficient-Sprinklers2Minor Adjustments Can Make Major Improvements!

Perhaps you have noticed that your sprinkler just doesn’t seem to be working as effectively as it did when you installed it. Or, you are concerned about high water bills this coming season.

The following is a quick list of the 6 most common problems BestYard.com sees when inspecting sprinkler systems and simple ways we can help you solve them:

  • Heads Too Low – If you installed your system the same time you planted your lawn, it will only take a few years for the turf to mature to a point that the sprinkler heads won’t be able to reach above the mow height.  This keeps the sprinklers from reaching the distances they need to cover the turf evenly.  Bringing the heads up to grade and cutting the turf back from around the heads are simple but effective ways to solve this issue.
  • Heads Under Shrubs or Flowers – When you originally installed the system, chances are the flowers and shrubs were smaller.  Keeping an eye on flower and shrub growth and cutting back overgrowth will keep the heads from being obstructed.  Alternatively, if cutting back shrub growth sacrifices your garden design, the heads can easily be moved away from the problem areas and back to the turf.  In some cases you may just need to raise the head to reach above the current plantings.
  • Crooked Heads – The freezing and thawing cycle of our winters wreaks havoc on sprinkler head positioning. The smaller spray heads are particular susceptible to becoming crooked due to the winter ground heave. Nothing will improve the effectiveness of your sprinkler more quickly than straightening the heads and keeping them perpendicular to the ground.
  • Minor Malfunctions and Tuning – Clogged or damaged heads, broken lines and valves, and controllers not re-set for hot summer conditions can cause brown spots in your lawn.  Repairing these will get your lawn the proper water coverage for hot summer conditions.
  • New Intelligent Controllers– New clock controllers are WiFI enabled with the ability to react to real-time weather data specific to one’s own geographic location to adapt its watering schedule. This reduces over watering when you had recent rain and increases watering just enough in times of drought.
  • New Technology Nozzles, Drip Lines, and Flow Meters.  New technology nozzles reduce “misting” that result in water evaporation before it reaches your lawn. New Drip Lines deliver water most efficiently to trees, shrubs, and plants than older spray head technology. Flow meters alert you to a broken line or head so repair can be made immediately vs. days or weeks later.

A properly tuned and maintained system using new intelligent controller, more water efficient nozzles and drip lines, and flow meters can cut your watering bill up to 40% over older, traditional systems.

If your lawn has any of these issues, our certified irrigation experts can fix them and prepare your lawn for our hot summer conditions.

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Calculating how much time your sprinkling takes to water Your Lawn adequately

Most of the people know that their lawn needs one inch of water every week, however, what most do not know is: for how long they have to run the sprinklers to have that one inch of water in their lawn? That is what we will discuss in this blog.

The first thing that you need to know is the precipitation equation that is used to tell how much water a sprinkling system provides to a lawn; following is the precipitation equation.

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As you can see, you can calculate the precipitation rate (inches per hour) by multiplying 96.3, which is a constant, by the Gallons Per Minute (GPM) applied to the area, then it is divided by the spacing between the two rows of sprinklers.

So what is sprinkler spacing?

Sprinkler System are installed following a scheme, known as head-to-head spacing, in which the sprinkler heads are placed in an order, where the spray from a head reaches the heads next to it. The space between two sprinkler head is the sprinkler spacing; you can measure it using a measuring tape, if you do not know what it is in your system. Or any sprinkler repair professional can help you with that.

Following is an example of spacing:

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How to calculate Gallons per Minute?

To know how much water a head emits, check the sprinkler head, as the manufacturers provide this information on it.

The equation gives you all the information you need when it comes to water needs of a region, and for how long you have to run your sprinkler system. However, that is not everything; other factor that you need to know is the rainfall in your area, you have to regulate the amount of water your lawn needs based on the rainfall. If this seems too much to you, in Castle Rock Sprinkler Repair professional are available who can help you with the calculation, hire one.

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How to water your lawn during drought?

watering_lawnInadequate watering of lawn during summers or during water shortage periods, like in droughts, greatly damages lawn, sometimes permanently.

During summers or droughts when we do not water lawn sufficiently, because of the inflation in the water bills, the root system starts to adapt to new water deficient conditions. One of the most significant effects is the development of shallow roots. The roots of the lawn, instead of growing downwards, start to grow upwards, which causes permanent damage. The condition also leaves your lawn and landscaping prone to diseases.

Given the high cost of water during droughts, it is necessary that you employ water saving techniques, so you can save your lawn from the damage summers brings with itself, and also save on the expenses you incur in water bills.

  1. The first thing that you have to is to avoid run-off of water. Typically, soil during summers, is hard, which makes it nonporous. The non-porosity of the soil makes water to run off the surface, if too much of water is delivered at once. You can circumvent the problem simply by watering the lawn in short spells or cycles, letting water to be absorbed efficiently.
  2. Do not water your lawn when the sun is high and shining, as the transpiration and evaporation rate at this time is the highest during the day. It is better to avoid during such hours, instead water it early in the morning; the best time is around 5 and 6 am. Tip: Don’t water lawn at night as it can damage it will make it prone to diseases.
  3. Some areas in your lawn are exposed directly to sunrays, devoid of any shades, and at these spots, you will notice dry spots will develop. You need to concentrate on these parts, instead of watering those spots using sprinklers, poke small holes with garden claw water them using hose.

These tips will help you to maintain a healthy, disease free lawn in summers. And if you cannot give enough time to your lawn, it is better to hire in Highlands Ranch a Landscaping company, who can help you to apply these strategies.

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What does it cost to water lawn in summer?

We all know how watering a lawn inflates the water bill during a drought. Therefore, it is important to take necessary steps to cut your watering bill and summer expenses.

However, to reduce watering cost, first, you need to know what it costs you. That is why, in this blog, we are giving a worksheet to calculate how much it costs you to water your lawn. Our experts at BestYard.com studied what your municipality charges for water and storm service. Based on the information that we accumulated, we put together a worksheet that help you to calculate how much it can cost you to water your lawn during drought.

However, before that, we present you with some water saving strategies:

  1. There are some cutting-edge water saving programs, which use humectants to attract and capture free water molecules from the air. The water collected is converted into droplets, which are delivered to the root system of the lawn.
  2. To save water, always water your lawn in the morning when the evaporation rate is low.
  3. Water less in the shady area; instead focus on the dried and exposed parts of lawn.

These simple strategies can help you save water and reduce your water bill, while taking care of your lawn.

Now, moving to our worksheet: calculation

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To get to know the cost of watering your lawn, you just need to type the amount of time that you water your lawn. The calculator will tell you total gallons of water used to run sprinklers, the average water and storm rate, per day and monthly cost of watering your lawn.

The worksheet can help you plan when and how to water your lawn adequately, while keeping tab on cost. If you still find it difficult, BestYard.com can give more insight into water saving strategies by calling 720-851-7550.

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How to water your lawn like a professional?

water-the-lawnNobody wants their lawn to look shaggy, coarse, or with brown patches. However, that is what the intense summer sun does to your lawn. It takes a lot of effort to have a manicured lawn with crisp edges and lush grass like that of a riverbank. For having a yard that looks nurtured in a sweltering sun, the primary lawn care practice that you have learn about is watering.

Contrary to common notion, there are numbers of things you have to consider and understand for watering your lawn like a professional.

  • How much water does your lawn need?

From region to region, the amount of water needed by a lawn varies. If you are in Parker, lawn care needs two inches of water, each week in the summer. Therefore, you need to keep a tab of waterfall in your area, and if the waterfall is not enough, compensate it with running a sprinkler during the summers.

  • How to measure the amount of rainfall in your area?

To measure the rainfall, you need a measuring gauge, and if you don’t own one, use a tuna can, which works as fine as some gauge; it will help you to measure inch of rainfall.

  • Knowing for how long you should run the sprinkler system?

It depends on the type of sprinkler you have. If you have a rotary one, which delivers water in half-circle, then it takes 2.5 hours to deliver one inch of water, where the one that delivers water in the full-circle takes about five hours to water one inch of your lawn. Similarly, fixed spray head sprinkler takes thirty minutes to water up to one inch, in the region of its reach.

  • Calculating the Watering schedule, you should follow

Your ultimate aim is to water the lawn up to two inches per week. Once you come to know how much water your lawn has received naturally through rainfall, deduce it from the objective, two inches, and the remaining is what your lawn requires.

If you follow these suggestions carefully, you will always have a green, envy inducing lawn.

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A Brief Guide to Take Care of Your Grass Roots

grassYou probably know how the root system of your lawn plays a very important role in the life of your grass. Like all plants, the root system in grass absorbs the minerals and water needed for survival.

What you probably do not know is that it sends hormonal signals to the aboveground portion of the grass, and it stores nutrition for later use.

Put in simpler terms, in lawn care, roots are paramount. The deeper they are, the better.

Want to know, how to optimally manage the root system of your lawn grass?

Then learn about the factors that determine your lawn’s appearance, through the hot summer months.

  • Water

Contrary to common knowledge, watering too often can result in shallow root systems, and cause your lawn to die under severe heat stress periods.

To have a deeper root system, watering your lawn deeply and then leave it for a brief moisture stress period. It is no rocket science, the deeper your roots are, the more likely your lawn will survive such heat stresses as well as the dry winter months.

  • Mowing

Mowing is another factor that affects root growth.

You must wondering, is not that what everyone do? “Mow their lawn,” why it is an important factor?

Wait! There is a catch, the higher the mowing height, the more green tissue there is to catch sunlight, which increases the root mass and root depth.

So now you know, what to do the next time, you mow your lawn.

Remember, a lower mowing height reduces the ability of the grass to absorb sunlight, which in turn lowers the production of nutrients and results in a shallower root system. Taller grass also helps to retain moisture in the soil by keeping the sun off the soil and the blades shade each other.

  • Fertilizer

You need to know how much fertilizer is appropriate for grass rooting system. Sufficient and timely applications of nitrogen (fertilizer) help to have deeper and healthy rooting system.

Grass that is deficient in nitrogen will have a limited root system, which as we have already said, will affect the overall look of the lawn.

However, when applying fertilizer, it is also important to note that too much nitrogen will cause excessive growth, which in turn will quickly deplete storage of nutrients in the roots.

Now you know, what are the factors that make your grass look all green and soft. Just apply this knowledge and have a blooming lawn all around the year, even in dry season.

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Sprinkler System – monitoring and regulating water

sprinklerDo you know your turf grass lawn is approximately 85-90 percent water? Yes, that is true; water is what makes your grass look that good, or bad, when watered insufficiently.

In different regions, requirement of water by grass varies, for instance, in Colorado, a region with a semi arid climate, blue grass lawns require 2 inches of water per week from May thru September. Thus, it is crucial that you know how much water your lawn receives from your sprinkler system. To use water more efficiently, it is important to monitor your sprinkler system. To check how much water your system puts out in a given period, you can use a rain gauge or a simple “Tuna Can.”

Steps to test your sprinkler system

  • Place your gauge in an area of your lawn, and set your “clock” or “timer” for 15 minutes.
  • Measure the amount of water you recorded. In a “pop-up” system you may get 3-5/10’s of an inch of water. “180 Degree Rotary” may get 1/10”, and “360 Degree Rotary” may get 1/20” in 15 minutes.
  • After you have discovered the amount of water your system delivers for every 15 minutes, you can then adjust the time for each zone to achieve the correct amount of output for the current conditions.

Restrictions and guidelines for watering

In Colorado, there are watering guidelines or restrictions in place. They limit the number of days per week you are allowed to water. Three days per week is the general rule.And most communitiesalso have information on how much water your lawn needs each week. To water your lawn optimally in synch with the information, under the restrictions, it becomes imperative to know how much water your sprinkler system puts out in a given time. After churning these numbers, you are able to determine how long and how often to water your lawn.

Tips to water your lawn efficiently 

  • It is best to water early in the morning or in the early evening. Watering when the sun is out and shining, that is, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., is generally NOT recommended or allowed, due to high rate of evaporation.
  • Another thing to pay attention to is runoff, which occurs when the soil cannot absorb all of the water that is puts out. There is a process called cycle and soak to correct runoff. In this process, water each zone for shorter periods and multiple times on each watering day. This allows the water to soak into the soil where it can be used by the grass.
  • A broken sprinkler system can ruin all your plans; therefore, it is essential that you check for standard failures, such as backflows and clogged heads and if found, call us at 720-851-7550 to repair the damage.
  • There are tools can help you to water more efficiently, such as rain sensor and smart clocks. A rain sensor turns off your sprinkler system, when it rains. Smart clocks connect to a weather station, and use weather data to determine how much water your lawn needs.Call us at 720-851-7550 for a quote to upgrade your system and save water.

Do your bit to save water and in the process, following these tips diligently, have a lawn that your neighbors envy.

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Gardening in containers – a solution to limited space issue

Do you love gardening but have space constraints?

garden-containerThere is amazing way—container gardening—to revel the joy of conventional gardening, even though when you have limited space. This fun way allows people with little space, such as balconies or small patios, to have a garden, without hiring a garden service. The whole practice started when condominiums or multistory apartments mushroomed all over the country.

In the container gardening, as the name suggests, plants or herbs, such as bougainvillea and fuchsia, are planted in small containers. This is an inexpensive way of gardening.

Things you need to know about container gardening

  • You can use anything for a gardening container, be it pottery, plastic containers, window boxes, old barrels, or watering cans. There is no the limit.
  • The most crucial thing about the container is the drainage; the excess of water should not accumulate in the bottom, a small opening will serve the purpose.
  • You need to water them consistently, smaller the container, the more frequently it will need water. In weather when the transpiration is high, that is, during summers, hanging baskets may need to be watered daily.
  • To make your containers light, instead of using only soil as a base, use ole bark mulch and Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom half of containers. The bark helps to tie-up soil nitrogen, giving nourishment your plant needs.
  • The soil used for container gardening is special; it should allow roots to grow easily, be water retentive and also helps fast draining. The best way to have a soil with such attributes is to mix it with compost.
  • Watering the plants frequently will drain the nutrients away from the soil; therefore, it is essential that you add fertilizer. To be environmental friendly, use a water-soluble fertilizer.

What you can grow in containers?

You can grow anything that you want, unless it can be planted in a container. Most people grow annuals, perennials, tropicals, and even vegetables and herbs. However, there is a thing that you need to care about, when you choose a plant to grow in a container, be sure of the size of the plant when it will mature, the container should be of same scale.

The container gardening are not only attractive, adding beauty to your landscape but also is useful. It can provide enough herbs and vegetables. Grow a container garden in your balcony and get a supply of fresh herbs and vegetables for your dishes.

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Weeds — super resistant and adaptable freeloaders

weed1Weeds, as you already know, reproduce aggressively and are invasive in nature, which has adapted to diverse environment. What all it need a suitable condition; rain, persistent or interrupted, gives weeds a chance to thrive. In a small period, it blooms and invades. Literally, it competes with desirable species for nourishment in your garden and starves them, which actively marginalize other species. Therefore, it is essential to regulate weeds regularly, so they do not get out of control.

Determining Tolerance level for weedsweed2

Weeds in your landscape are nothing less than an eye sore; however, it is practically impossible to remove them entirely, as they flourish repeatedly even in hostile conditions. Therefore, it is advisable that you determine the degree or threshold of your tolerance level with respect to weeds. Once you decide what would be your tolerance level, you can come up to next the step: action plan.

Basic methods of weed control: 

  • Manual Pulling
    Manually pulling, the oldest way to remove undesirables is still in practice. Many gardeners stick to this method when the surface is not large. The process involves removing or pulling weeds out of the ground by hand. In this method, you need to make sure that the roots are also pulled out; otherwise, they will re-sprout, and will bloom with same vigor. Unearthing weeds eventually weakens and kills them; however, it needs persistence effort.
  • Application of weed killer or herbicides
    It is the easiest and the most effective method, which involves spraying herbicide, a toxic chemical to destroy unwanted vegetation, on weeds. Whether they are at sprouting stage or already grown up into herb. The taller weeds that are sprayed will eventually turn brown and are required to be pulled out. However, whatever the stage is herbicide will make sure that you get rid of them.

What you need to Know before using a Product
The first thing that you need to know is the effectiveness of a weed killer on a specific weed. Before applying any weed killer, read the label, pay attention to safety precautions and pollinator information.

There are two types of weed killer: selective weed killers and Non-selective weed killers

  • Selective weed killers work only on certain types of weeds. For example, for lawn care, a product is available that is used specifically for dandelions; it will kill dandelions only, leaving all other weeds intact.
  • Non-selective weed killers eradicate green plant, irrespective of the species or family. Therefore, it is more of absolute killer, which kills without any preference. These products will kill both the weeds and the grass.

When you are using herbicides, makes sure that you use them when weeds are not matured or are young. The earlier weeds are controlled, the better.

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