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Make Your Home Look Like A Winter Wonderland With Lightning Hacks

Are you prepared for Christmas this year? We are here to help!

“The foremost sign that shows you are ready when your home’s interior and exterior is decorated with garlands, wreaths, bows, and lights. I took a picture of the house that really perks up the holiday mood” stated by Chris Dominy, a local owner of BestYard.com and the Weed Man Lawn Care for Douglas and Arapahoe counties.

Below mentioned is an explanation of an array of decorating techniques used.

  1. Roof lighting is divided into two categories. Facia lighting forms sharp angles and lines,while ridge lighting highlights depth and height.
  2. Window lighting brightens the main area of the property and can be relished from either outside or inside of the house.
  3. Stack lighting adds the lower range to your illumination program by outlining beds, driveways, and walks.
  4. Daytime Decoration comprises features likea wreath that drawl any or all doors and windows. Decorated wreaths can be lit, unlitorfixed with a full bow. Lit garland is wrapped over the railing,draped around pillars or utilized as an accent across the front door. Unlit garland is also available for various purposes.
  5. Tree and shrub lighting done by anexpertis graceful and spectacular.

If you would like to seek the help with your holiday decoration, contact us. We can help you with installing lights, take down, and storage making the whole process a hassle-free affair!

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Do a Fall Clean Up in November

Take time to put your yard and landscape “to bed” in fall, your lawn will reap the rewards.

Give your lawn a healthy start next spring by managing these fall tasks.

  • Trim shrubs and ornamental grasses
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  • Divide plants. If your perennials are overcrowded, fall is an ideal time to divide the root ball and replant. Cutting back the plants prior to transplanting can help reduce shock.
  • Plant fall bulbs. Plant in fall to enjoy spring’s first blooms – crocus, daffodil, tulip. The best time to plant is after the first frost so the bulbs will stay cool all winter. Dig holes for bulbs and fertilize before replacing soil.
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  • Pick up leaves. Fall cleanup will save time for gardening come spring, and clearing your lawn of leaves and sticks will prevent the heavy, wet foliage from suffocating the turf. Dark, moist environments are breeding grounds for disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Decorate for the holidays. Fall is the time to think festive! Draw attention to your landscape with lighting, and find ways to incorporate a pop of color by filling containers with seasonal selections – mums for fall.
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  • Clean up. Wash down the patio furniture and store it for the season. Make sure to pick up toys so they don’t get buried or lost.

7 Secrets to a Beautiful Lawn This Fall

Has the grueling summer heat taken a toll on your yard this year? Is your lawn stressed or have weeds, insects, or disease? Or, is your lawn just getting by, but not the best yard in your neighborhood?

BestYard.com has produced “7 Secrets to a Beautiful Yard this Fall”.

This guide will tell you “how and when” to help your lawn recover from the summer stress, create a beautiful lawn this fall, prepare it to survive our harsh winter, and thrive next spring.

1. Get Rid of Unsightly Weeds in August & September.

Weeds compete with grass for water, space, light and nutrients. They are very aggressive and can easily take over a lawn if not kept in check. Protect your investment with a customized weed control program that will help eliminate unsightly broadleaf weeds.

Weed control – combined with regular fertilization, proper mowing and correct watering practices – will keep your grass thriving while weeds disappear.

Get Rid of Unsightly Weeds in August & September

2. Apply an Early Fall Fertilizer between September 15 and October 31st.

Use a 65% slow release granular fertilizer that feeds your lawn over 6 – 8 weeks vs. cheaper liquid or Big Box store granular fertilizer that quickly releases the nitrogen over 7 – 10 days.

This will avoid burning your lawn during the last of summer making stress conditions worse.

Apply an Early Fall Fertilizer between September 15 and October 31st.

3. Get to the Root of the Problem. Aerate Your Lawn in September.

The stressful combination of hot, dry weather and a season full of foot traffic leaves your soil compacted and making it difficult to breathe.

To alleviate this problem CSU professors recommend fall aeration to open pockets of air to allow your turf’s root system to breathe, grow deeper, and absorb nutrients and water. Over seeding is often done with aeration.

Get to the Root of the Problem. Aerate Your Lawn in September.

4. Over Seed to Improve Turf Density in September.

Fall over seeding helps your turf to become thicker and choke out weeds that grew during the grueling summer.

The new growth will fill in areas where the grass is thinning or where there are bare spots. The best time to over seed is with aeration because much of the seed will go into the plug holes from aeration.

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5. Apply an Early Winter Fertilizer between October 15th and November 30th.

Because your lawn is recovering from a grueling summer it is more vulnerable to winter damage. Most of lawn care experts agree that the early winter application of fertilizer is the most important one for lawns.

It promotes a healthy, thriving root system, store vital nutrients for the winter and early spring, and aids the cold hardiness of your turf from winter damage.

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6. Apply a Mite Control Application in November to Mid-December.

Do this if your lawn or your neighborhood had mite damage in 2017. This is one area where an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Mites can cause considerable damage to your lawn if left undiagnosed and not treated in 3 weeks or less.

Almost all serious injury by grass mites are related to winter drought stress. South-facing hills with sun exposure are typical areas where turf damage can be expected.

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7. Do a Fall Clean Up in November to mid-December.

Take time to put your yard and landscape “to bed” in fall, your lawn will reap the rewards.

Give your lawn a healthy start next spring by managing these fall tasks.

  • Trim shrubs and ornamental grasses
  • Divide plants. If your perennials are overcrowded, fall is an ideal time to divide the root ball and replant. Cutting back the plants prior to transplanting can help reduce shock.
  • Plant fall bulbs. Plant in fall to enjoy spring’s first blooms – crocus, daffodil, tulip. The best time to plant is after the first frost so the bulbs will stay cool all winter. Dig holes for bulbs and fertilize before replacing soil.
  • Pick up leaves. Fall cleanup will save time for gardening come spring, and clearing your lawn of leaves and sticks will prevent the heavy, wet foliage from suffocating the turf. Dark, moist environments are breeding grounds for disease.
  • Decorate for the holidays. Fall is the time to think festive! Draw attention to your landscape with lighting, and find ways to incorporate a pop of color by filling containers with seasonal selections – mums for fall.
  • Clean up. Wash down the patio furniture and store it for the season. Make sure to pick up toys so they don’t get buried or lost.

OF COURSE we would love to care for your yard.
BUT, whether we provide for your yard or not, we want it to be the best it can be.
THEREFORE, we want to provide you the best professional advice for your lawn care in this guide.
THIS IMPROVES our neighborhoods, community, and environment.

If you have some items on your “to-do” list and want to move some to someone else’s “to-do” list call 720-851-7550 or click Do It For Me to discuss your lawn care needs or request your FREE lawn care quote.

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How Your Vegetable Garden Can Keep Its Cool During A Heat Wave

By July 4th we have had several weeks of a heat wave. We now face waves of scorching temperatures in July and August that will threaten our vegetable gardens.

Here are the Top 3 Do’s and Don’ts to help your veggies keep their cool and beat the heat.

Top 3 Do’s

          1. Provide Filtered Shade

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During a heat wave, too much sun threatens the health of our vegetables.

Provide your vegetables filtered shade using shade cloth (from your garden center) and temporary stakes or bamboo to cover your vegetables.  This lets plenty of light in but protects the vegetables from the scorching sun.

       2. Water Properly

During a heat wave, when and how you water is important to plant health.  The Top 3 Watering Tips are:

  1. Water early in the morning or in the early evening: This allows the plant to absorb more moisture when the sun is not evaporating it.  Avoid late evening or night watering as this often leads to disease.
  2. Water Deeply: Water to at least 6 inches to develop deeper and stronger roots.  This helps the plants resist heat stress during the remainder of the summer.
  3. Use Automatic Drip Irrigation: The advantage of automated drip irrigation is the plant roots will receive more consistent moisture than manual watering, or waiting for you to come home to water, or with spray heads.  Spray heads lose too much water to evaporation, and run off from the yard and concrete areas.

        3. Keep Your Water

Keeping water in the plants root zone means healthier and better vegetables.  The best ways to do this are by adding mulch and a new patented technology named Moisture Manager.  Mulch helps is slowing evaporation and controlling weeds that will suck up water.  Moisture Manager uses tiny granules of a new, patented wetting agent attracts water molecules out of the air and surface areas to deliver moisture to your lawn’s root system for 3 months.

Results

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Top 3 Don’ts

  1. Don’t transplant or re-pot: This adds more stress to the current heat stress. Transplant when temperatures are cooler.
  2. Don’t prune off wilted growth: This wilted growth provide shade to leaves below. Let the plant recover from heat stress and prune on a cooler day if the wilted growth needs trimming.
  3. Don’t fertilize vegetables during a heat wave: Dry edible plants can take up too much fertilizer which can cause leaves to burn and even die.

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Imagine a Beautiful Yard…and the Time to Enjoy It!

Imagine a Beautiful Yard…and the Time to Enjoy It!Is your yard like Grandma’s?

Back in Grandma’s day, lawns or landscapes were more like a window dressing around a building. They had a token tree or two, a few evergreen shrubs, maybe some perennials for color out front and a small flower bed for marigolds.

But today’s landscape is not your grandmother’s yard. Today, we require more of our landscapes than ever before. 

Do you now expect more than just one pop of color, more shade to cut the AC bill in the summer and a livable area with outdoor ambiance where you cook, eat and entertain?  Do you want more curb appeal and increased property value? Are low maintenance and lower water costs also on the list?

Even more important today, do you also want your landscape to clean the air, deal with the heat islands in cities, purify water as it moves through the soil, mitigate storm water, grow healthy veggies, attract pollinators and repel the deer that want to chew up our petunias?

That’s a tall order for a yard that once just sat still, looked kind of nice and had to be mowed once a week.

So what’s on your wish list for this year’s gardening season?

Here are a six ideas to get you thinking:

  1. ID the worst eyesore in the yard and put it at the top of the to-do list.
  2. Decide what you want to see when you’re sitting on the patio. Is it more color, another tree or just a bigger, nicer patio?
  3. Could you change just one thing that would require less maintenance? For example, is there a shrub you hate to prune because it has thorns? How about replacing it with a colorful and lower maintenance plant?
  4. Is it too dark in the areas where you would like to expand outdoor living? Would it be more usable if there was outdoor lighting?
  5. Can you find a placefor the fire feature that is now on your outdoor living wish list
  6. Also, walk across the street and look at your house from the neighbor’s perspective. This is how they see your yard every day. Rate the curb appeal. If it reminds you of grandma’s place, think about a facelift.

As with other projects, make the list, prioritize it, and develop a plan. 

Do you want this “DONE FOR ME” or is this too complicated?

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We are confident we can please you, too, give us the opportunity.

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Tune-Up Your Sprinkler System this Summer

Tune-up Your Sprinkler System this Summer

Small Changes could make Big Improvements!

The sun and heat in the summer season could create hassles for your lawn in the form of certain disease and brown spots.

Have you noticed that your sprinkler is performing much below par this summer as compared to its efficiency at the time of installation? Perhaps, newly broken pipes or clogged heads could also be the reason behind its poor performance. Even if the sprinkler system is working well with basic fall and spring maintenance, it is wise to check it monthly to adjust to changes as your landscape matures or for slight malfunctions.

The Top 4 Sprinkler Problems:

BestYard.com sees while taking care of sprinkler systems in Aurora, Parker, Castle Rock, and Highlands Ranch are listed below along with ways to fix the problem.

  • Flowers or shrubs hide the heads – At the time of installation of sprinkler system, it is likely that the shrubs and flowers were of lesser height. However, you need to keep a check on their growth and make sure to cut them back to prevent the heads from malfunctioning. As a second option, you could move the heads from some selected areas if cutting the shrubs poses a setback to the design of your garden. As a third option, you might need to raise sprinkler heads to spray over the current plantings.
  • Crooked Heads – Thawing and freezing cycle of the winter season affects the positioning of the sprinkler heads. Specifically, ground heave of the winter can cause misalignment of spray heads. In such cases, it is wise to straighten the heads so they are perpendicular to the ground. This could enhance the performance of the sprinkler head coverage.
  • Too low Heads – Was your sprinkler system installed at the time of initial lawn installation? If so, as the lawn grows over the years the sprinkler heads may be too low to spray over the grass or shrubs to provide proper coverage. The solution is to raise the heads so they provide sprinkler head to head coverage.
  • Tuning, Malfunctions and Tuning – Several problems could lead to brown spots in your garden, such as:
    • Broken lines and valves
    • Clogged or damaged heads
    • Malfunctioning solenoids
    • Controllers not adjusted for summer conditions

Correct these minor problems to ensure that your lawn gets proper water coverage during hot summer conditions.

Does your lawn also face one or more of these issues?  Do you find fixing your sprinkler system too complicated? If yes, then our certified irrigation experts are always there to fix the issues and gear up your lawn to face the conditions of hot summer.

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Are Brown Patches in Your Yard Due To Chinch Bugs?

Here is some educational information to help you diagnose your lawn. Mites and chinch bugs can cause considerable damage to your lawn if left undiagnosed and not treated in 3 weeks or less.

Have you seen any chinch bugs lately?

We are seeing an infestation!
These tiny insects live in lawn grasses above the soil,
feeding on lawns by sucking out the vital juices of the grass plant.

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Your Lawn Is At Risk

When chinch bug eggs hatch and the young begin feeding, small patches of brown grass start to appear. If a homeowner ignores the problem or mistakes it for drought, the patches will continue to grow. Chinch bugs can devastate an entire lawn in as little as three weeks if no control methods are taken.

Signs of Potential Chinch Bug Damage:

  • Dry patches that do not improve with lawn watering
  • Damage on sunny hillsides
  • Scurrying insects among grass blades

We are seeing the worst infestation of active mites and chinch bugs in 27 years.

About every fifth client is calling in complaining about huge brown spots in their yard.

It’s due to the extremely dry winter and lack of heavy moisture this spring.

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Life Cycle

To control an insect population we must understand its habits and its life cycle. Chinch bugs survive the winter as adults seeking shelter from the cold and snow under shrubs, hedges and leaf litter. In the latter part of the spring they come out of hiding and venture into the lawn. Here they will mate and the females will seek a hot dry location in which to lay their eggs (usually a south-facing, sloping hillside). Chinch bugs like hot dry locations.

The adult female will lay approximately 250 eggs in the lawn. In about 3 weeks time the eggs begin to hatch and the young chinch bugs (nymphs) begin feeding. Two or more generations can mature each season. The eggs are laid very close together so that when the eggs hatch and the young begin feeding, small patches of small grass begin to appear. If a homeowner ignores the problem or is unaware of it the patches get bigger as the insect matures and seeks food further afield. Chinch bugs can totally ruin a lawn in 3 weeks if no control methods are taken.

Control

If you see suspicious brown patches starting to appear in the lawn DON’T HESITATE.

Call us at 720-851-7550!

  • If you do have chinch bugs we can protect your investment in your property by promptly treating the problem.

If your brown patches are due to lack of water we can advise you on correct watering procedures.

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Still Brown Patches in Your Yard?

Mites and chinch bugs can cause considerable damage to your lawn if left undiagnosed and not treated in 3 weeks or less. Here is some educational information to help you diagnose your lawn.

Mites

Grass mite differs considerably in appearance from the other turf-damaging mites. It is smaller and lighter in color. During most of the season, it is green; the young stages are a paler color. During periods when the mites run out of food or environmental conditions are unfavorable, they may temporarily turn bright red.

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Dead grass takes on a brownish-yellow color and the blades are stiff. Under favorable conditions, severe injury can progress rapidly. Almost all serious injury by grass mites are related to winter drought stress.  South-facing hills with sun exposure are typical areas where turf damage can be expected.

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Chinch Bugs

These tiny insects live in lawn grasses above the soil, feeding on lawns by sucking out the vital juices of the grass plant.

Chinch bugs are also lethal due to their tiny size, only about ⅕” in length. Due to their diminutive size, you may not even know you have an infestation until the damage is already done.

The best place to look for these insects are on the stems of your live grass, near the soil surface. After you sit and watch closely, you’ll be able to spot them crawling around.

These tiny creatures can cause big damage!

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Learn more about Chinch Bugs by viewing this videos.

What can we do for you?

If you observe the early signs of injury or significant numbers of insects in your lawn, give us a call at

Our professionals that provide insect control service trained to identify the insect, its life cycle, and the level of infestation. Based on the infestation and type of insect, our insect control professional will decide the best solution for a given problem.

Our employees trained to diagnose insect damage carry fact sheets, which can tell owners more about pests, such as mites, chinch bugs, and white grubs. Our consultation is free; you can call for any type of insect problem, we will diagnose the problem and set up the proper program.

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Grass Brown? It Could Be Lawn Mites or Chinch Bugs!

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We are seeing the worst infestation of active mites and chinch bugs in 27 years.

About every fifth client is calling in complaining about huge brown spots in their yard.

It’s due to the extremely dry winter and lack of heavy moisture this spring.

Signs of Potential Mite or Chinch Bug Damage

  • Dry patches that do not improve with lawn watering
  • Damage on sunny hillsides
  • Scurrying insects among grass blades

Diagnosis

A quick way to determine if brown patches are much more than winter kill is to go to where the grass is half green and half straw or brown colored and remove a clump of grass and sprinkle it on a white piece of paper. If all you see is grass, you could have a fungus. But if you see little dark specks, it might be mites or chinch bugs.

Your Lawn May Be at Risk

When mites or chinch bug eggs hatch and the young begin feeding, small patches of brown grass start to appear. If a homeowner ignores the problem or mistakes it for drought, the patches will continue to grow. Mites or chinch bugs can devastate an entire lawn in as little as three weeks if no control methods are taken.

If you see suspicious brown patches starting to appear in the lawn DON’T HESITATE.

Call us at 720-851-7550!

  • If you do have mites or chinch bugs we can protect your investment in your property by promptly treating the problem.

If your brown patches are due to lack of water we can advise you on correct watering procedures.

Click “DO IT FOR ME” to request a quote.

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Water Saving Tips for Your Lawn & Garden

Cut Your Watering Bill up to 50% with BestYard.com’s Moisture Manager Program!

  • Are you upset at the high costs of watering your yard?
  • Do you want to reduce your watering cost?
  • Are you concerned that drought conditions will damage your yard?
  • Do you still want to have a beautiful, lush green healthy lawn?

How Does it Work?

Tiny granules of a new, patented wetting agent attracts water molecules out of the air and surface areas to deliver moisture to your lawn’s root system for 3 months.

Results

Lawn Drought Stress Test in July
Lawn Drought Stress Test in July
Left – treated with Moisture Manager
Right – not treated
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Is it Expensive? 

This treatment is comparable to the cost of a regular fertilizer application, and is dependent on the square footage of your lawn. It lasts up to 3 months, is comparable in cost to a regular fertilizer application.

Is It Safe For My Family & Pets?

Yes.  They can be on the yard immediately after application.

Lawn Benefits include:

  • Increase water penetration in root zone.
  • Reduce Water Bills 20% to 50% by increasing irrigation efficiency.
  • Less Lawn Disease.
  • Improved Lawn Color.
  • Maximizes Your Fertilizer & Control absorption in the soil and roots.
  • Reduces runoff on sloped areas so low areas aren’t wet and high areas aren’t dry.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO WATER YOUR LAWN?

DID YOU KNOW?

When you water your lawn, you’re paying a fee for water, and a fee for storm water in Aurora and Centennial / North Douglas County Water & Sanitation Districts.

BestYard.com has researched the cost that that your municipality charges you for your residential water and storm water fee.  The rates are per 1,000 gallons, then per gallon.


Aurora Per 1,000 gallons Per gallon
20,001-40,000 gal. $9.69 $0.000969
40,001 gal. + $11.24 $0.001124
Parker Water & Sanitation    
6,000 – 20,000 gal. $4.25 $0.000425
20,001 + gal. $8.77 $0.00877

 

  • Centennial Water & North Douglas County Water & Sanitation District

Usage of Budget – (Your residential water budget is set each year)

  • Up to 100%                                                           $6.49                                                   $0.000649
  • 100 to 120%                                                          $7.68                                                   $0.000768
  • 120 to 140%                                                          $10.06                                                 $0.001006
  • 140% and over                                                     $13.64                                                  $0.001364

BestYard.com developed the worksheet below to help you calculate you spend on watering and the potential saving from using new water saving technology Moisture Manager.

Just use the “Sample Calculation” as a guide, then “Enter You Data Here”

As a Guide:

  • The time is the addition of all the program run times on your sprinkler clock
    • Be sure to count the total time if you water 2 or more times per day
  • Most sprinkler zones use about 17 gallons per minute
  • Use the gallons from last year’s water bill to determine your rate per gallon
  • Your sprinkler clock settings will tell you the number of days per month you water
Sample Calculation  
Enter the average time you water per day in minutes (8 zones x 20 minutes/zone) 160
Times
Average Gallons Per Minute of Water Your Sprinklers Use: 17
Equals
Total Gallons of Water Used to Run Sprinklers: 2720
Times
Your Average Water & Storm Water Rate Per Gallon $0.00877
Equals
$$$ Cost To Run Sprinklers Once $23.85
Times
Number of Days in a Month You Water: 13
Equals
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Your MONTHLY Watering Costs:
$310
Average Monthly Savings with Moisture Manager
At 30% Savings $ 93
At 50% Savings $ 155
Enter Your Data Here  
Enter the average time you water per day in minutes

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Average Gallons Per Minute of Water Your Sprinklers Use:
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Total Gallons of Water Used to Run Sprinklers:
Times
Your Average Water & Storm Water Rate Per Gallon
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$$$ Cost To Run Sprinklers Once
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Number of Days in a Month You Water:
Equals
$$$
Your MONTHLY Watering Costs:
Average Monthly Savings with Moisture Manager
At 30% Savings
At 50% Savings

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  • Castle Rock
  • Highlands Ranch
  • Lone Tree
  • Castle Pines
  • Englewood
  • Centennial
  • Greenwood Village

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