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Winter plant care

Plants are a great living gift to keep in your home during the winter months.
Be sure to know how to adjust indoor plant care during the winter, and your houseplants will keep bringing you joy well into springtime.

For most houseplants, follow these guidelines:

  • Keep warm. Put them in a room with a steady temperature of 60-75 degrees.
  • Avoid temperature swings. Do not keep them near cold, drafty windows or heat sources like fireplaces or radiators.
  • Make sure they get plenty of sunlight.
  • Water less and ease up on the fertilizer. Like us, plants slow down in the winter. They will not need as much water, and they may not need any fertilizer at all.

If you want to be a hands-on “pet parent,” wipe down their leaves with a damp cloth.
Since homes can be dry in winter months, your plants may also benefit from a little mist of water or a humidifier.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Turf needs year-round care

  • Your lawn does not actually die each winter; it goes dormant.
  • Dormant grass needs care too, especially in periods where there is a lack of precipitation.
  • Turf needs water in the winter, though not as much as it does in the heat of the summer.
  • Simply turning off the water until spring leaves your lawn at risk of drought stress.

 

  • Drought stress creates favorable conditions for problems like turf mites.
  • The damage (brown, straw-like patches) can show up early and can devastate the entire lawn if left untreated.
  • The best defense against mites is to water turf over the winter.

 

  • Just be sure to water when the soil is above 40 degrees. Do not water frozen soil.
  • With the new snow, remember that salt or ice melt used on walks and driveways can end up in the lawn and cause damage.
  • Use only when needed and avoid brushing or shoveling it onto nearby grass or plants.
  • Give your landscape water a little attention this winter to make sure it returns to a healthy green in the spring.

Call BestYard if you are unsure about how much water your turf needs or are concerned about pests or diseases.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

How green do you decorate?

It’s traditional to deck the halls during the holidays with greenery dressed up with bows and lights.

  • Artificial or natural tree?

Artificial trees are less of a fire hazard and don’t drop needles to create a mess on the floor as the natural ones do.

Being pre-lit so all you have to do is plug them in is a time saver as there are no lights to string around the tree.

You don’t have to worry about either getting this tree outside or delivered for recycling.

For many, those factors are the tipping point for the artificial tree.

  • Natural Tree.  On the other hand, if you love the smell of fresh evergreens and

keep them watered regularly to reduce fire hazards and slow the needle drop, a fresh tree might be the one for you.

Even though it seems wasteful to remove a live tree from its natural habitat, you’re actually acting sustainably.

  • An artificial tree must be used for 20 years to have a lower carbon footprint than a natural tree. 

One acre of Christmas trees growing on a tree farm creates enough oxygen to support 18 people.

So, if you like the fragrance, control the mess and keep your tree fire safe, go for the natural one.

  • Other ways to go green

Reduce energy with LED lighting. Whatever your tree, light it up with LED lights.

They are safe because they generate no heat to ignite the tree.

They require less power and many fewer outlets.

Many strands can be plugged end-to-end and into one single outlet.

They are energy efficient.

  •  Reuse what you have

Use the lowest branches cut off a natural tree to a vase and bring the evergreen fragrance to another room.

Gather pinecones and branches with berries from the yard and make them part of your fresh holiday décor.

Look for branches such as red twig dogwood to add interest in outdoor containers and indoor arrangements.

  •  Re-purpose materials

Such as turning pinecones into fire starters.

Dip, dry and re-dip pinecones 4-5 times in melted wax to create fire starters for a fireplace or outdoor fire pit.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

The color of the year

The color that can help shape the year ahead is Viva Magenta. The global color authority reveals its Color of the Year every December.

For 2023, the choice is a vibrant relative of the red family. Magenta exuberants optimism and joy, it is powerful and empowering.

 

It is an animated red that encourages experimentation and self-expression without restraint.

Add magenta to any landscape to create a soothing, calm, and uplifting look.

Pairing magenta with colors like gray foliage with pinkish-purple brink is one example of a great way to highlight this bold color.

Throw in a dash of a light blush pink and you have the perfect cottage garden.

Popular Magenta plant and flower suggestions:

  • Dianthus
  • Dahlia
  • Petunia
  • Hybrid tea rose
  • Magenta red rose
  • Yarrow

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Protect your lawn when it snows

It is that time of the year again, the snow has started.

But when you break out the shovel do you ever forget where your walkway or your driveway ends, and your lawn begins?

It is important to protect your lawn against winter. Lawn care is still needed during the winter months.

Mark your lawn

  • As you shovel you want to make sure you are not hurting your lawn.
  • Putting markers around the edges of your lawn will help you identify where your driveway ends, and your lawn begins.
  • This will prevent you from hitting your lawn and digging up the soil.
  • Shoveled snow is heavier than normal snow, so make sure you do not have any precious plants in harm’s way.
  • Identifying the area of your lawn will save its edges from snow removal tools.

Snow is a good thing

  • Snow acts as an insulator for roots and protects your lawn.
  • The blanket of snow provides water for your lawn.
  • It is best to keep an eye on your fragile plants and try to avoid putting extra snow on top of them.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Did you plant bulbs yet for next spring?

If you haven’t planted bulbs yet for next spring, there may still be time.

Planting now gives them time to develop roots before the ground freezes.

It’s an easy project as long as you know a few things to do – and not do – when planting.

Do:

  • Choose a location that is well-drained and gets plenty of sun.
  • Plan your planting around bloom time. Daffodils and crocuses will appear early in the season, while tulips will come along later.

Check with your bulb seller to learn the expected bloom times for each variety.

  •  Mix it up with more than just tulips and daffodils. Consider early-blooming snowdrops (Galanthus), which produce small white flowers that hang like bells and spread easily.
    Also consider late-blooming giant allium (pictured above), an ornamental onion that features purple flowers atop tall stalks.
  • Water your bulbs right after you plant them. This will help them settle into the soil and establish roots.

Do not:

  • Use the time-consuming method of spacing bulbs and planting them one at a time in rows.
    If a bulb does not bloom, you’ll end up with “holes” in your display.
    Try grouping them in pockets of 10-12 bulbs for a burst of color next spring.
    Dig a hole or trench 3 times deeper than the bulb height.
  • Plant all bulbs the same way. Large bulbs such as tulips and daffodils should be spaced 6 inches apart, so you’ll need about 5 bulbs per square foot.

Space smaller bulbs such as crocus and grape hyacinth or miniature daffodils about 4 inches apart.
You will need 8 small bulbs per square foot of garden area for those.

  • Forget to fertilize and top-dress. Help your bulbs establish roots with a fertilizer high in phosphorous used when planting. Then top dress the beds with shredded wood mulch or mulched leaves.

Then wait patiently for spring, when your efforts will be rewarded with beautiful blooms.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Extend your evenings with landscape lighting

Withs days getting shorter, now is a great time to be thinking about how lighting can help you make the most of your yard. We are almost a month out from the first day of fall, landscape lighting can help give us more time outdoors. There are three main ways lighting can enhance our outdoor experiences; accessibility, security and ambiance.

  • Landscape lighting benefits

Whether it is lighting a walkway or stairs, adding light to darker parts of the yard, or making a patio more welcoming, we can enhance these spaces through lighting and make them more useable for more of the  year.

  • Landscape lighting technology options

Landscape lighting is continually advancing with technology. LED is common for improving efficiency. Smart controllers are available for both retrofitting an existing system or starting a fresh new one. You can even add color changing lights that can give some extra fun outside for a special event.

There are numerous landscape professionals designing and installing systems who can help you with your installation.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

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