As the days shorten, reduce watering of plants. They may become over-watered if you continue to water the same amount as in the late spring, summer, and early fall. The earlier evenings in December are a great reason to add some lighting to landscaping.

Outdoor Space: September Tip of the Month

Plant or transplant new perennials and evergreens before the weather turns cold in September. The average first frost in Longmont and the Colorado Front Range is around the end of September, so keep an eye on weather forecasts this month. During colder snaps, cover plants overnight. Continue to water as needed in September, but check…

Outdoor Space: August Tip of the Month

August’s higher temperatures mean making sure that your trees and shrubs are getting enough water. Pay attention to your watering practices, and be diligent to thoroughly hydrate areas in full sun, or on south or southwest-facing slopes. Watch out for weeds this month! Make sure they don’t grow large enough to flower and drop seeds…

Outdoor Space: July Tip of the Month

In July, mow your grass to no-less-than 2-12″ in height – remember to never remove more than 1/3 of your grass’ growth. Avoid using high-nitrogen fertilizers on trees starting in mid-July until February of the next season. Keep your garden well-mulched to protect plants from the sun in the heat of the day. Adjust your…

Outdoor Space: June Tip of the Month

Continue planting summer flowing bulbs like cannas, dahlias, and gladioli – if you plant a few gladioli each week in June, you’ll have continuous flowers blooming throughout the Summer. Fertilize your annuals and perennials with nitrogen-based fertilizer. Check your drip and lawn irrigation system for damage. Remove any sprinkler heads or emitters that are overwatering…

Outdoor Space: May Tip of the Month

Conserve moisture and protect against weeds in planters and beds by spreading mulch around flowers and shrubs. Mow lawn to no-less-than 2″ in height, and never remove more than 1/3 of blades. Water all plants, shrubs, trees, and your lawn thoroughly, but infrequently. A week after the average frost in the Front Range (May 8th),…

Benefits of Fall Fertilization

Sometime during September to early November is the best time of year to fertilize Colorado’s bluegrass lawns, (earlier if in the mountains). CSU recommends at least one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. The benefits of fall fertilizing include a healthier turf before winter, a healthier root system, and stimulating a turf that greens…

What To Do in April for a Healthy Summer Yard

Healthy lawns also play an important role in home sales because they have a significant impact on “curb appeal.” Realtors report that homes with beautiful lawns and landscaping can increase property values by 15 to 20 percent. If your grass could talk, it would offer the following care tips this month: Activate the sprinkler system,…