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10 Pro Tips on How to Water More Efficiently

Industry experts estimate that 30-50% of water is wasted due to poorly tuned and poorly designed systems. It is also critical to keep your manual or automatic system tuned to get the most from your system on every watering opportunity and not waste water. Here are 10 Pro Tips to water efficiently.

  1. The Right Amount of Water. Water your lawn when it needs it. Pay attention to temperature, sunlight, wind, and natural precipitation patterns in your area. Lawns generally require from 1 to 2.25 inches of water per week during summer to thrive. Less is needed on cool or shady days and more in hot sunny summer days.
  2. The Right Time of Day to Water. Water your lawn in the early morning while the air is still cool. Afternoon watering causes water to evaporate too quickly, while evening watering promotes extended leaf wetness and the spread of disease.
  3. The Right Amount of Time to Water. Water your lawn fewer times to a depth of 4 – 6” to encourage a healthy root system. Do not do frequent short and shallow watering which promotes surface root growth, not deep root growth.
  4. Do NOT Water Streets, Driveways, and Sidewalks. Adjust sprinkler spray patterns to lawn and garden only.
  5. Lawn 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. Raise the heads up to grade and cutting the turf back from around the heads are simple but effective ways to solve this issue.
  6. Shrubs or Flowers Too Low. 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.
  7. Straighten Sprinkler 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.For greater efficiency, replace the inefficient spray heads designed for lawns with more efficient drip irrigation that saves water by delivers water directly to the plant base.
  8. Repair 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.
  9. Install 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.
  10. Install New Intelligent Controllers. If you have a smartphone, you could use a smart controller. 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.

You run your life with a Smartphone or similar device. It saves you time and that often saves you money.

If you run your sprinkler system with a device made in the last millennium, you’ve got a serious technology gap. And that’s not smart. Water is as precious as time and if you don’t run it well, that, too, will cost you money.
What is a “smart” controller?

The timer or controller is the brains of the system that tells sprinklers when and how long to water. And like the evolution of your personal cell phone, it can run on the latest technology – or merely limp along. Do you remember the limited functions your cell had in 1999? Point made.

smart controller

What is a “smart” controller?

The timer or controller is the brains of the system that tells sprinklers when and how long to water. And like the evolution of your personal cell phone, it can run on the latest technology – or merely limp along. Do you remember the limited functions your cell had in 1999? Point made.

What makes a smart controller smart?

Three technologies can go into a smart controller:

  • Some talk to a satellite that talks to weather stations and then relays info back to the controller. That weather data determines when your sprinkler system operates.
  • The controller can also talk to moisture sensors in the root zones of YOUR plants in YOUR yard. It will set operating times based on the moisture levels in the soil.
  • Some smart controllers rely on weather stations mounted on your house. They monitor real time weather conditions of natural precipitation, wind and temperature and use that data to determine if, when and how long the sprinklers run.

And you get to make your controller smarter still in the same way you enter contacts into your phone, you also need to enter personal details about your yard:

  • All types of sprinklers you have such as rotors, pop-up spray heads or drip irrigation
  • Plant type – lawn, shrubs, flowers, etc.
  • Soil type – such as clay or sand
  • Precipitation rates of each type of sprinkler, meaning how many inches of water each would apply in one hour

All this information makes the controller smart about your yard and it factors into the equations that set up watering times.

What about cost?

For a typical yard, the cost is right in the range of a new smartphone, which makes them affordable. And many controllers will qualify for rebates from your city or water provider. Add the rebate to money saved in water costs, and this technology will pay for itself in a short amount of time.

How Much Do I Spend On Watering My Lawn? How Much Can I Save On Watering My Lawn?

Most homeowners do not know how much they spend on watering their lawns. This results in some homeowners watering too much and just pay high watering bills. Other homeowners cut back their watering and suffer stressed lawns susceptible to weeds, insects, and disease, and worse.

BestYard.com is providing this Watering Calculator for homeowners estimate how much they spend on watering and how much they could save using 10 Pro Tips for Sprinkler Watering Efficiency, and 2 Pro Tips To Conserve Water.

A Sample Calculation is on the left.                                                       Enter Your Data on the right.

Water Saving Calculator

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  2. Use Tech to Save Water and Money
  3. 5 Simple Tips to Check the Efficiency of Sprinkler Systems

New Lawn Chemistry Technology Saves up to 50% on your Watering Bill!

July Smart Irrigation Month

Governor Polis has declared July Smart Irrigation Month once again for 2019.

July is a peak month for outdoor water use and a good time to make sure you’re using irrigation efficiently.

In July, BestYard.com is sending a series of 5 Secrets to help you save water, money and time in caring for your lawn and garden landscape.

The 1st week was all about sprinkler system efficiency.

This week presents a New Lawn Chemistry Technology – That Saves up to 30 – 50% on your Watering Bill!

  • 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?
Moisture Manager Granular QD

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

ResultsLawn Drought Stress Test in July

Lawn Drought Stress Test in July

Left – treated with Moisture Manager

Right – not treated 

Without Moisture Manager

Flowers with Moisture Manager                                Without Moisture Manager

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.

Need More Proof?

Click SiteOne Landscape Supply – Moisture Manager to see a YouTube presentation of this new chemistry, how & why it works, more before and after pictures, and verified scientific studies by University of Florida, Clemson University, Ohio State University, and Penn State University of water saving up to 50%. (At 7:24 it is quite through, check it out.)

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P. S.  Let us save you money on your watering bill with BestYard.com’s Moisture Manager, or upgrading your sprinkler system to be more efficient.  You enjoy your weekend.

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Pollinator Garden – Design & Plants To Attract Birds, Bees & Butterflies

Since June 17 – 23, 2019 is National Pollinator Week, here are a basics on why pollination is important to homeowners and few ideas on how to have a pollinator friendly garden.

What is a pollinator garden?

A pollinator garden is designed and planted with specific nectar and pollen producing plants that attracts pollinating birds, bees, butterflies, bats & insects.

What is pollination & Why is it important to you?

Pollination is a fertilization stage in the flowering plant life cycle. Pollen moved within a flower or one flower to another of the same species leads to fertilization. This transfer of pollen is necessary for reproduction of our agricultural ecosystem. Some is done by wind, but most is done by insects and vertebrate animals.

  • 75% of flowering plants need pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, flies, moths, ants, wasps and beetles, and vertebrate pollinators like birds, bats, and small mammals carry grains from plant to plant for fertilization.
  • One third of all foods and beverages producing $20 billion of products are delivered by pollinators.

What is the issue and What can homeowners do to help?

Colorado’s rapid urban development is reducing Colorado’s natural habit for our pollinators and wildlife. Homeowners can use our urban landscapes spaces to fill the gap by planting pollinator friendly plants that attract insects such as bees, butterflies, flies, moths, ants, wasps and beetles, and vertebrate pollinators like birds, bats, and small mammals. Pollinator-friendly native flowering plants supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes. Pollinators can lay their eggs on these nesting sites. When the eggs hatch, the leaves of the host plant are instant food.

Bottom Line – Local Gardeners Can Make a Difference to Help Protect Our Native Pollinators by Planting Pollinator Gardens!

What Are Native Pollinator-Friendly Plants?

The Colorado Native Plant Society is a great resource for learning about pollinator-friendly native plants that require little water. Listed below are their recommendations for Pollinator Gardens.

Herbs – If you like growing herbs for your the kitchen, plant rosemary, sage, thyme, basil, mint, and lavender.

Herbs

Early Season Wildflowers – Nodding Onion, Sulphur Flower, Wallflower, Prairie Smoke, Firecracker Penstemon, Blue Mist Penstemon, Pasque Flower, Golden Banner.

Early Season Wildflowers

Mid-Season Wildflowers – Pearly Everlasting, Showy Milkweed, Harebells, Aspen Daisy, Blanket flower, Beebalm, Rocky Mtn. Penstemon, Black-eyed Susan

Mid-Season Wildflowers

Late-Season Wildflowers – Rocky Mtn. Bee Plant, Common Sunflower, Prairie Sunflower, Spotted Gayfeather, Tansy Aster, Goldenrod.

Late-Season Wildflowers

Shrubs – Rabbitbrush, Chokecherry, Golden Currant, Woods Rose, Boulder Raspberry

Pro Tips on Planning for Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator gardens are designed to be primarily planted with flowers and shrubs which provide nectar, pollen, and homes for pollinating insects. Here are some Pro Tips on planning your pollinator garden.

  1. Group shrubs flowers of the same kind in large groups.
    Many insects are attracted only to species of flowers. Have three of more species of flowering plants to increase a diversity of pollinators. Planting flowers in large groups of 3 or more makes it easier for pollinators to locate their preferred plant, and it means less work in moving pollen from one flower to another.
  2. Plan for a succession of flowers for season long color.
    Choose three species of plants from each season to provide food and shelter for pollinators and seasonal color all season long. Pollinators need pollen or nectar from early spring until autumn in order breed and reproduce to sustain their species.
  3. Choose a sunny site to plant your pollinator garden.
    Pollinating insects and flowering plants do better when in warm sunny environment rather than damp and shady areas in your landscape. Butterflies and bees attracted to sunny areas have more choices to pollinate flower and lay eggs on shrubs and trees. Leave areas of bare soil for ground nesting bees. They make up the most of Colorado’s native bee population.
  4. Utilize small spaces
    Hanging baskets, container gardens and windowsill baskets can provide a welcome stop for pollinators even in the smallest of spaces.
  5. Minimize pesticides.
    Pests are rarely a problem in nature friendly gardens because they are controlled by birds and other predators. If pests like aphids become a problem use an organic method to control them such as soapy water, Neem oil, insecticidal soaps, and horticultural oils, or ladybugs. If insecticides are necessary, apply them when the pollinators are less active – at dawn or at dusk.

Pollinator Gardens – Design & Plants Selection Ideas

Below are 3 examples of Pollinator Garden and Plant Selection Ideas for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Design & Plants Selection Ideas

Bee Design

This plan includes plants that bloom from spring through fall, providing a season-long buffet for bees.

A. Chocolate Toe Pye weed.
B. Rozanne cranesbill Geranium hybrid.
C. Little Goldstar black-eyed Susan.
D. Cat’s Meow catmint.
E. Orange calendula (aka pot marigold).
F. Garden thyme.
G. Snow Princess sweet alyssum.

Bee Design

Butterfly Design

These colorful pollinator plants will attract butterflies all season long.

A. Kobold blazing star.
B. Purple Dome aster.
C. Butterfly weed.
D. Magnus purple coneflower.
E. Profusion Orange zinnia.
F. Peach Melba.
G. Snow Princess

Hummingbird Design

Hexagonal shape

can be configured in a variety of ways to suit your space.

Through raised beds

with a trellis is good against a wall.

Raised beds

Butterfly Design

Hummingbird Design.

Tube-shaped blooms in bright colors will attract hummingbirds all season 

A. Rocket’s Red Glare.
B. Raspberry Daiquiri hummingbird mint
C. Rubycunda beardtongue
D. May Night salvia (aka meadow sage)
E. Tassel™ Dark Salmon fuchsia
F. Empress of India nasturtium
G. Terra Cotta Million Bells®

2019 POLLINATOR WEEK POSTER

The 2019 poster, Endangered Pollinators and their Habitats, features beautiful artwork by Carol Schwartz. This poster displays the numerous pollinator species that are at risk and listed as federally endangered or threatened including: 1 fly, 3 bats, 5 birds, 8 bees, and 24 butterflies and moths. Disturbances such as habitat loss, climate change, and application of agricultural pesticides contribute greatly to diminishing populations and disrupting ecological interactions. Extinction can lead to a crippling disaster for ecological resilience and economic interests.

By clicking the poster below, you will be taken to the Pollinator Partnership Poster Page where you can order posters.

2019 POLLINATOR WEEK POSTER

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  4. Mulch Secrets to the Best Yard in your neighborhood

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.

Mulched flower bed
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.

Organic
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
Inorganic
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?

TREES
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.

SHRUBS
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.

FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES
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.
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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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