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2022 plants of the year

Date posted: January 3, 2022




Each year, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) chooses its plants of the year in several categories: annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, and edible plants. This year they also added a houseplant to the roster. Below are their picks for 2022. Take some time to learn more about these trendy plants and plan to add them to... Read more »


Wildlife in your landscape

Date posted: December 21, 2021




Did you know that your landscape can support wildlife? There are many birds that overwinter in Colorado, including chickadees, juncos, crows, and the striking cedar waxwing (pictured above). A healthy landscape can provide food and shelter for them. Many landscape plants can be a home or a meal for birds. Sunflowers, yarrow, and blue flax... Read more »


Gifts for the plant lover

Date posted: December 13, 2021




This Sunday is National Poinsettia Day. Poinsettias are a great gift for this time of year. While they are not edible and could cause mild illness, they aren’t poisonous to kids or pets. Use them to decorate your home without fear but know that it can take some effort to keep them alive and healthy... Read more »


Decorate planters for winter

Date posted: December 6, 2021




If you’ve got some big planters in your landscape, they don’t have to stay empty and boring this winter. The rest of your landscape might be dormant, but your containers can add a pop of color and interest until spring blooms return. A colorful container can be a decorative element by itself. Use brightly colored... Read more »


Have you thanked your landscape?

Date posted: December 1, 2021




Over the last couple of years, many of us have spent more time than ever in our yards. When you were giving thanks yesterday, we hope that you spent a moment appreciating all that your landscape does for you. Our outdoor spaces can give us: Better health. Gardening is a great method of exercise. It’s... Read more »


Water your landscape

Date posted: November 22, 2021




The Front Range continues to experience drought conditions. To avoid winter drought stress, we need to water our landscapes. Drought stress can dehydrate roots. Freeze damage can leave plants vulnerable to insects or other stressors later. Stressed lawns can attract pests like turf mites. By the time summer heat returns, your plants may no longer... Read more »


Time for tool care

Date posted: November 15, 2021




Are your garden tools ready for winter? Take some time now to clean them up and protect them from the elements. You’ll thank yourself next spring when they are ready and waiting when it’s time to get into the garden again. Once you’ve mowed the lawn for the last time this season, prepare it for... Read more »


Do your trees need a blanket?

Date posted: November 8, 2021




Were you one of the many people who planted new trees during the pandemic? If you’ve got a young tree with thin bark, you should consider wrapping it for the winter. Why wrap a tree? Colorado’s big temperature swings can cause frost cracks or split bark. Our sunny winter days can cause sunscald on tree... Read more »


Did you plant bulbs yet?

Date posted: November 1, 2021




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... Read more »


Ready for frost or freeze?

Date posted: October 25, 2021




It’s been warm this week, but along the Front Range another frost like we had last week could come with little notice at any time. If you haven’t yet winterized your sprinkler system, do it now—or call a professional to get on their schedule soon. Hard freezes typically involve temps at 28 degrees or below for a... Read more »


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