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Dealing With Spring Snow

Here are some useful tips to deal with the spring snow.

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The roller coaster of spring weather continues here in Colorado. It’s still March, traditionally Colorado’s snowiest month, and it looks like we can expect more snow before we reach April. If you are staying home per the governor’s order, one advantage is that you can keep an eye on your trees and shrubs to help them weather the storms.

Deep snowfalls, especially the ones during spring, tend to be heavier and wetter than powdery winter snows. The snow load can break tree limbs, smother and crush ornamental grasses and splay upright evergreens.

Some tips for helping trees weather the storm:

  • Keep an eye on snow accumulating on trees—on both deciduous and evergreens. If branches are sagging under the weight, use something long such as a broom handle to gently shake snow off the branches as high as you can reach. Start at the lowest part of the tree rather than at the top. If you start dusting snow off the top, it will add even more weight onto the lower branches.
  • If you have trees that are already leaning, or branches that are at a sharp “V” with one already growing more to the side than upright, avoid standing or putting property under them. These may be signs that a tree could fall over or a branch could break under snow load. Cottonwood trees, for example, are often susceptible to breakage.
  • Branches of columnar, upright evergreens can spread apart under heavy snow. Gently shaking snow off these evergreens can help minimize damage.

After the storm:

  • Inspect trees for broken branches or “hangers.” These are broken branches that seem to be hanging on by a thread. Schedule an expert to cut the branches properly; if the damaged branches pose a danger or hazard, they may be permitted to address the issue now. Check with your municipality for a list of licensed arborists in your area.
  • For upright evergreens that have splayed, contact a garden center for material that can be wrapped around the branches to restore their upright shape. Many garden centers are currently offering curbside pickup if you call ahead.
  • If ornamental grasses have been crushed, they won’t bounce back. When the weather is warm, cut grasses back. This needs to be done in the springtime anyway before new shoots emerge.

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BestYard.com response to COVID-19

We are dedicated to the health and safety of our Clients and Team while continuing to provide full service to our Clients. Our work is done outside your home with no physical or face-to-face contact with you.

CDC GUIDELINES. We implement CDC guidelines to keep both you and our Team safe:

  • DAILY MONITORING. Team members are monitored to ensure no one has a high temperature.
  • FOLLOW NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
    • IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
    • IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE SICK, keep them at home. Do not send them to school.
    • IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS TESTED POSITIVE for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE:
    • Wash your hands frequently or use alcohol wipes.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces like phones, steering wheels, etc.
  • AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS in groups of more than 10 people.
    • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – Use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
    • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term facilities unless to provide critical assistance. Respect that older people and those with health conditions are at risk.
  • OPERATIONAL SAFETY PRACTICES. In addition to the CDC guidelines, here are some of the things we are doing to give you peace of mind and keep our Team safe and healthy:
    • Employees receive online CDC COVID-19 symptoms, protection, hygiene training.
      • Other operational and safety training will be done online, or outside with more than 6 feet social separation, not in close contact training rooms.
    • Keeping crews small to minimize chances of cross-crew contamination.
    • Staggering start times for crews to reduce exposure and keep crew members healthy.
    • Delivering materials to our warehouse minimizes visits to stores and vendors.
    • Providing quality service independently without interacting with you face-to-face.
    • Communication can be done via phone, email, or text to avoid face-to-face contact.
    • Estimating, scheduling, invoicing and communicating with you by online, email, phone or text.

For those wanting quotes, call us at 720-851-7550, or use our “Request a Quote” on the BestYard.com website. For many, we can measure your yard using a satellite view and provide a quote. If we feel that an appointment is necessary, we can discuss options on how to perform this.

Some office personal may work remotely from home. In the event, you reach our voicemail, leave a Voice Mail message, or send us a text or email. We will get back to you ASAP during normal M – F business hours.

We know these are uncertain times. We will keep you and your family at the top of our minds. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any new practices we may need to implement.

Thank you for your understanding.

Plan for Pollinators

This blooming season, introduce Pollinator-friendly plants for beautiful and healthy landscape.Welcome butterflies and birds

While there may be bulbs blooming, resist the urge to plant—it’s still too early in Colorado—and use that time to plan your spring and summer landscape. Consider planting for pollinators. Create a habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, insects, and maybe even bats. They play an important function within our collective urban ecosystem and around our home veggie gardens.

Pollinator-friendly plants are easy to incorporate in your landscape. You may already have some of them. Think about the plants you have at home and plan to add more.

A variety of plants attracts and meets the needs of many kinds of pollinators throughout the growing season. Some, like hummingbirds, enjoy long, tubular flowers, while some butterflies prefer a wide flat flower that serves as a landing pad.

Annuals like dianthus, nasturtium, zinnia, and lantana are good at attracting pollinators. Got limited space for plantings? Do your part for pollinators by planting flowers in containers on porches and patios.

Choose an assortment of perennials with staggered blooms times to give pollinators food and shelter throughout the growing season. Consider Colorado Columbine, echinacea, gaillardia. penstemon and salvia.

For more suggestions, talk with a landscape professional or your local garden center pros to find out what will do well in your landscape while also benefiting a range of pollinators.

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Good Landscapes Can Pay Off

Follow these landscape ROI facts, if you are planning to sell the home.

Good Landscapes Can Pay Off

Your landscape offers health benefits, environmental benefits, and enhances your community when it is properly planned. It can also increase your property value. Some experts claim that landscaping can yield the highest return on investment (ROI) of any home upgrade if you are looking to sell.

A 2017 study at Colorado State University found that for every dollar invested in a residential landscape, the average return is $1.35, or 135%. A high-quality landscape can increase the value of a home as much as 10 percent.

More landscape ROI facts:

  • Research has shown 7% higher rental rates for commercial offices having high-quality landscapes.
  • Large street trees add a 3% to 15% value to a home and continue to appreciate in value over time.
  • A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000, according to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.

While trees, especially mature ones, often offer the best bang for your buck, features like outdoor living spaces and efficient landscape lighting also add value. So use these cold winter days to research ways you’d like to boost your curb appeal this year.

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Design for Safety

Follow these environmental safety measures while planning the landscape for your home.

Design for Safety

When planning your landscape, keep home safety in mind. Most burglars are not the slick, sophisticated type seen in films; many break-ins are hastily planned. A few strategic design decisions could provide the deterrent needed to make a potential burglar rethink their actions.

Security professionals and law enforcement often recommend the following environmental safety measures for homes:

  • Reduce hiding spots. Avoid big hedges around the front of your property. Don’t plant large shrubs near windows or entryways, where potential intruders might hide from view. Be sure neighbors or passersby can see any suspicious activity.
  • Use noisy ground cover. Using gravel on pathways and in areas near windows can amplify the sound of footsteps on your property. Trespassers might reconsider if they know they can be heard.
  • Place low, thorny plants around entryways. Prickly plants like roses or yucca can deter an intruder looking to enter through a window.
  • Light up the night. Well-placed LED lighting can add cost-effective curb appeal to your home and shine a light on anyone considering a break-in. Place motion-activated lights in dark corners.
  • Hide your tools. Don’t make a burglar’s work easier by leaving them tools for breaking in. Keep ladders, shovels, and landscape tools locked up when not in use.

Choose plants and features that do double duty by making your landscape look good while also adding protection for your home.

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Spring Begins Next Month

Here are few tips for the spring month!

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With the current wintry weather along the Front Range, it’s hard to believe that the first day of spring is next month. It’s not a good time to work outside, but you can still think ahead and make plans from the comfort of your living room.

Make a plan

Use a trusted online source (CSU Extension has reliable Colorado-specific resources) to help you decide what you want to grow and where. Check your local library for reference guides, or sign up for a community class on water-wise landscaping, pollinator gardens, or whatever you want to see in your yard. Consult a landscape professional for expert guidance in putting the right plant in the right place.

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Find your seeds

Did you harvest some seeds from your first tomatoes or save your marigold seeds? Take a moment to locate those seeds you set aside last year. Review the guidelines for each type of plant so that you know when it’s time to sow them.

Place orders

Need some new tools, parts for outdoor equipment, or new seeds? Check prices, find the right supplier, and order items soon so that they arrive before you need them.

Schedule with the professionals

If you need sprinkler activation, weekly mowing, renovations, or any landscape services this spring or summer, contact a professional for estimates today and get on their calendar. Don’t lost in the scramble of procrastinators calling for appointments on that first warm spring day.

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Go Beyond the Bouquet

Change the tradition and say “Happy Valentine’s Day” with a plant.

Go Beyond the Bouquet

Roses traditionally say, “I love you,” but a bouquet lasts only so long. Why not say “Happy Valentine’s Day” with a plant that will show them love beyond February?

Stick with roses, but give them the whole plant

Your valentine can keep it indoors for now and move it outside when the weather warms. With proper care, roses will continue to bloom indoors.

Bring some blooms inside for winter

Looking for something different from the usual roses? Cyclamen is a popular indoor flowering plant in the winter. It is available in many colors ranging from white, pale pink and hot pink to red. It needs some sunlight and regular watering, so make sure your valentine has the right spot to help it thrive.

Go green

Leafy green houseplants make a perfectly on-trend gift. Plus, having plants at home can give your loved one benefits like better moods and improved productivity, according to research. Visit a local garden center for expert advice on the right plant

Try a durable plant that isn’t finicky

Cast iron plant, like its name implies, is a hardy plant. It grows 2-3 ft. tall and has narrow, dark green leaves. It will live in dark rooms with infrequent watering. It spreads slowly so it rarely needs re-potting. If your sweetie doesn’t have a light-filled room or a green thumb, this might be a good choice.

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Turf Needs Year-round Care

Here are some winter lawn care tips to keep your lawn healthy and green.

Winter lawn care

Your lawn does not actually die each winter; it goes dormant. Dormant grass needs care too, especially in periods where there is lack of precipitation. Turf needs water in 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 as early as February 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. Don’t water frozen soil.

And while we may not have to worry about managing snow right now, 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 and a little attention this winter to make sure it returns to a healthy green this spring. Consult a landscape professional if you’re unsure about how much water your turf needs or are concerned about pests or disease.

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