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Mulch Secrets to the Best Yard in your neighborhood

A great lawn is like a nice dress, or a well-fitted suit. But what is a dress without shoes? Or jewelry, or a purse?

If you want to make everything come together, and look perfectly finished, you want mulch.

Spreading fresh, dark mulch over your flowerbeds is like waving a magic wand of perfection over your property.

Colors stand out more, grass looks greener, and your neighbors will think you’re spending a lot more money on your lawn than you are.

It is like “the icing on the cake” for your yard.

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In addition to improving the look of your yard, mulch provides 6 benefits to your yard:

  1. decreases evaporation rates by as much as 35 percent to reduce your watering bill
  2. prevents germination of weeds
  3. protects plants from hot sun and winds
  4. prevents soil erosion
  5. insulates your plants and their roots from Colorado’s extreme temperature changes
  6. it becomes nutritious organic matter for future healthy growth

Continue Watering
Continue to water plants growing in mulched soils. Water the plant’s root zone. Drip irrigation is the most effective and efficient watering method. It is best during drought restrictions that forbid everyday watering.

Not getting enough water severe stresses the plants. Shrubs have reduced foliage, flowers do not bloom well, trees have reduced foliage and do not grow rapidly. When watering, please keep in mind all water restrictions.

Types of Mulch

There are two types of mulch: Organic and Inorganic.

Pine bark, wood chips and Washington cedar are favorites. Wood chips are lie flat, do not blow away easily, and are long-lasting. Wood chips come in colors such as brown, black and red. Shredded mulch and “gorilla hair” Washington cedar mulch does not blow away easily in areas of high wind found on the front range.

Types of organic mulch
Pea gravel, crushed stone, landscape stones, tumbled glass, and river rock examples of inorganic mulches. They are available in many sizes, shapes and colors. They are good choices around your home’s foundation vs. wood mulches which can attract termites. They are good around plants in containers. These mulches do not add nutrients or decompose, but they tend to disappear into the soil.

Mulch in landscape bed
What should I do before mulching?

  1. Pull weeds or apply a selective weed killer out of the bed.
  2. Create an edge around the landscape bed for the mulch.
  3. Remove the existing mulch or top dress with the same mulch.
  4. Shovel small piles of mulch onto your flower bed instead of a full well barrow.
  5. Rake the small piles of mulch in an even layer.
  6. Water any organic mulch in.
  7. Organic mulch should be replaced every year.

How to apply mulch?

One common mistake when mulching around trees is applying too close to the trunk. Do not pile mulch around the base of the tree. This technique is known as a “mulch volcano”. It will the tree bark moist which causes rotting and it will suffocate the roots. Instead, start a few inches away from the trunk, apply much at 3 inches, and extend at least 3 feet out from the trunk.

Use the same guidelines are trees. Start the mulch a few inches away from the base and mulch large beds and groupings of plants together for the best look.

A 3-inch layer is recommended. Use finer textured mulch for vegetables and flowers than those used for trees or bushes. Use straw, leaves, or grass clippings for vegetable gardens as they break down by the end of the season. Do not use wood chips garden soil as it can slow plant growth as it decomposes due to nitrogen deficiency.

Prevent Nitrogen Deficiency
Organic mulch decomposes. The organisms that decompose the organic mulch uses nitrogen in the soil. This may cause a deficiency of nitrogen in the soil resulting in the yellowing of the lower leaves in plants. If this occurs till nitrogen amendments into the soil. Till ¼ pound of ammonium sulfate, or 2 pounds of a complete fertilizer, such as 10-6-4 fertilizer per 100 square feet of mulched area. This can be prevented by tilling 4e fertilizer into the soil before adding the mulch. Do not use a “weed-and-feed” fertilizer in mulched beds as this may damage or kill plants.

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.

P. S. Let us install your mulch. You enjoy your weekend.

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Dealing With Late Spring Snow

Last week’s late May snowstorm was the worst in 44 years. This blog has the most frequently asked questions and answers our clients asked on how to deal with a late spring snowstorm. It contains Pro Tips on How to set your plant up for a healthy rebound.

Dealing With Late Spring Snow


Last week’s snowfall dealt a blow to Colorado Front Range landscapes. Here is a list of questions we received from homeowners in Aurora, Parker, Pinery, Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

What plants are most likely to be impacted by the cold temperatures?

Dogwood, lilac and forsythia were the most impacted spring-blooming plants. Snow helped insulate many low-growing perennials in many neighborhoods. Spring lowering plants set their blooms in the late summer. Therefore, pruning these plants after the storm will not force more blooms this season. You will have to wait and see if they lost their spring blooms.

What trees are most likely to be impacted by the cold temperature?

Fruit trees and ornamental flowering trees like ornamental pear and crabapple may be at risk of losing their fruit from the storm. They may not bloom if their flowers were killed by cold temperatures. Since there are so many microclimates in our neighborhoods some trees will not bear fruit and others will do just fine.

How do I deal with snow-damaged trees?

  • Check hazards before sawing. Avoid hurting yourself or further damaging the tree by assessing the situation. Do not contact downed utility lines, stand under broken branches, or cut branches that will cause a hazard when they fall to the ground.
  • Assess the tree’s health: The tree will probably recover fully if it has its main upward branch, most of its major limbs and half or more of its crown.
  • Prune broken branches: Pruning lowers the risk of decay and insects or diseases entering the wounded tree. Pruning at the branch collar where a branch joins a larger one. Do not over-prune.
  • Reach out for help: Call a professional landscaper or arborist for more difficult or dangerous jobs.

What do I do with my roses?

Your rose’s new growth may have been killed if subjected to a hard freeze. After this snow and cold weather, it is now a great time to prune your roses. Here are 4 Pro Tips:

  • Prune all the brown and gray dead branches.
  • Prune out any cracked, broken, or damaged branches.
  • Prune crossing branches to avoid damage by rubbing together.
  • Clean up all debris to remove disease.

This pruning will trigger growth so your roses will flower this year.

What about my lawn?

The good news is our lawn will be just fine especially if you have already applied a granular fertilizer. This additional moisture will help the turf roots absorb the nutrients. If you have not applied an early spring fertilizer, not would be a good to do so.

What do I do next?

The best advice is to wait and see. There are so many microclimates in Arapahoe and Douglas County Colorado. They vary from town to town and neighborhood to neighborhood. Even in a single property there are warmer, more protected areas with less exposure to the elements.

Just consider the final snow totals for our neighborhoods southeast and south of Denver:

  • Aurora: 5.8 inches
  • Castle Pines: 7 inches
  • Castle Rock: 9 inches
  • Denver International Airport: 3.4 inches
  • Elizabeth: 11 inches
  • Franktown: 7.8 inches
  • Highlands Ranch: 3.5 inches
  • Lone Tree: 5 inches
  • Parker: 6.3 inches
  • Pinery: 7.8 inches

This late May snowstorm was the worst in 44 years. Expect to have less color this spring and summer due to front nipping buds in the bud. Let nature take its course before we decide what to do.

Use the tips above to recover and get your yard off to a good start.

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9 Flowers and Plants for Mother’s Day

Give Mom a hanging basket or container of potted flowers and plants instead of cut flowers on Mother’s Day.

They will be enjoyed month’s longer, be more fragrant, and attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

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4 Watering Tips to Help Your Lawn Grow Strong Roots This Spring

In the Spring it is important to water your lawn

  • The right amount,
  • At the right time, and
  • In the right places

In order to develop strong roots for healthy grass for the summer and fall.

Here are 4 Spring watering for lawns to promote strong root growth.

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5 Pro Tips for planting Colorado’s State Flower, the Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountain Columbine wad discovered in 1820 on Pike’s Peak by mountain climber Edwin James. The white and lavender Columbine was adopted as the official state flower on April 4, 1899, by an act of the General Assembly after winning the vote of Colorado’s school children. It is a lovely flower with a rich aroma to attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies to it’s nectar. 

Here are 5 Pro Tips on:

  • Which Variety to Select
  • Companion Plants
  • Moisture Needs
  • Soil Drainage
  • Ideal Light

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