Colorado Landscaping and Yards

Living in the high mountain desert can provide unique challenges when it comes to maintaining your Denver area's grass and other landscaping.

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Spring temperatures and storms in Colorado are unpredictable, so remain flexible and get the early chores finished in between these fickle weather weeks ahead.

Garden Clean Up

+ Remove any remaining annual vegetable foliage and roots from last season. Toss in the compost pile if disease or pest insects weren’t troublesome.

+ Perennial plants and ornamental grasses from last season need to be cut back in spring (if not done in fall) for new growth to emerge. Some perennials like milkweed (asclepias), balloon flower (platycodon), false indigo (baptisia), leadwort (ceratostigma), ferns and hibiscus are late waking up in the spring.

+ Many plants also benefit from spring dividing when overcrowded or not blooming well anymore.

+ Spring division

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Over the past 30+ years, the Denver Digs Trees program has provided more than 51,000 trees to Denver residents, helping to enhance quality of life in our city.

Trees beautify our neighborhoods, enhance property values, lower utility costs, improve air and water quality, and much more! Important Info:

For each tree you request, you MUST identify whether it is a 'Street Tree' or a "Yard Tree.' You may apply for 'Street Trees, 'Yard Trees,' or both!

    'Street Trees' are for planting along the street (in the public right-of-way) These trees may be planted either in the 'tree lawn' (area between the sidewalk and the curb) or, in the absence of a tree lawn, at a distance within 10 feet of the curb. In…
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Denver wants to become a certified Community Wildlife Habitat, which basically means a lot of gardens

Denver hopes to be certified by the end of 2019, joining 116 other cities and towns across the country, including big ones like Houston and Baltimore. Denver would be the largest Community Wildlife Habitat in the West.

To get there, Denver will need to rack up 750 points. The minimum point total is determined by population.

Here’s what you can do:

To get your backyard (or balcony) habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation, you’ll need to meet requirements in five categories. There are various ways to do it:

  • Food. This can include things like berries, nectar and bird feeders. Your habitat needs three of the 13 options.
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Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are the 10 most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per

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Halloween, harvest festivals, and general autumnal celebrations lead to an abundance of everyone’s fall favorite: pumpkins.

While you partake in pumpkin spice lattes and jack-o-lantern carvings, why not share some gourd indulgences with the birds? This bird feeder is the perfect use of an extra or post-trick-or-treat pumpkin. 

Materials:

• Small to medium sized pumpkin, up to 10 pounds

• Small sticks

• Twine or rope

• Birdseed

Steps:

1. Cut the pumpkin in half.

2. Scoop out the seeds, leaving a hollow inside with 1/2-inch thick shell wall.

3. Insert two sticks across the open pumpkin to create perches for the birds.

4. Knot two lengths of rope together at the center and tack the knot to the bottom of the pumpkin

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Though it may not feel like it yet, fall is upon us.

Before you know it, these hot, humid days will turn cool and crisp. We’ll trade in breezy tank tops and flip flops for cozy sweaters and boots. Leaves will turn orange, red, and yellow, and trips to the mountains will replace trips to the beach.  

But fall isn’t just about pumpkin spice lattes and football. In addition to transitioning our wardrobes and hobbies to reflect autumn, there are about a million and one things you should do to prepare your home, specifically the exterior, for the new season as well. From end-of-summer lawn maintenance to cold-weather preparation, a little extra effort between September and November can save you a lot of time, trouble, and money over the winter and

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yes, you heard that right -- put down that rake and let the leaves fall!

1. The Native Bees: Many of North America’s 3500-plus species of native bees need a place to spend the winter that’s protected from cold and predators. They may hunker down under a piece of peeling tree bark, or they may stay tucked away in the hollow stem of a bee balm plant or an ornamental grass. Some spend the winter as an egg or larvae in a burrow in the ground. All native bees are important pollinators, and when we remove every last overwintering site by cutting everything down and completely cleaning up the garden, we’re doing ourselves no favor. We need these bees, and our gardens can provide them with much-needed winter habitat.

Related post: Supporting native

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As we enter fall, many people back off on lawn care.

The summer is over, the grass is not growing as fast, and we have longer and cooler nights. We are thinking about getting kids to school, and even breaking out the skiing equipment to ready it for the snows which are only a couple of short months away.

The problem is, fall is a key time for lawn heath; ignoring it puts your grass at risk not only for the winter months but also for the following spring.

Consider what Dr. Tony Koski, Turf Specialist at Colorado State University, say about watering lawns in the fall:

“Lawn watering is often stopped in early fall. Conventional thinking is that because ET (evapo-transpiration) rates are low and the turf isn‘t growing much, it is OK to stop

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Summer is winding down, and as your grass grows even greener, it's time to start thinking about how you can prepare it for fall, especially if you plan to stage your home for sale.

Pay mind to the following tips on late summer lawn care.

1) Aerate the area. 

Late summer/early fall is a great time to aerate your soil so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer will better penetrate your grass' roots and support it as sunlight dwindles.  

2) Mowing matters. 

You'll want to keep mowing all summer and into fall, but as the days shorten, move your mower blade to the lowest setting to trim the grass tight and let more light reach the crown of the grass. Bonus: less length in your grass means less leaves to turn brown come winter.  

3) Weed, weed, weed. 

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Keep Your Pool, Trampoline and Play set Safe this Summer

Backyard barbecues and pool parties are summer staples that most of us look forward to after a long winter of being cooped up in the house. But the pools, trampolines and swing sets that are meant to make summer fun can quickly become backyard bummers if you're not prepared.

Taking simple steps to protect your family and visitors from outdoor accidents can help you rest easy at your next summer bash.

Pool safety

The first and most important rule of pool safety is creating a barrier. There should be a fence around the pool with self-closing gates and locks for the doors that enter the pool area to help keep children from wandering into the pool area unattended. In addition to the

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