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Noxious Weed Prevention Tips

Noxious weeds can be a serious enemy to your garden. Weed control is important all year round, but it’s especially important in the fall. This is because many weeds become more vulnerable to herbicides during this season, and any weeds left to overwinter in the garden may cause problems the following spring.

Here are tips to prevent these unwelcome guests from invading your landscape.

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Know your weeds. Many invasive plants can look like harmless wildflowers to the uninformed gardener. Visit the Colorado Department of Agriculture for a list of invasive weeds. When in doubt, take a sample of any suspicious plants to your local extension office.

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Stay vigilant. Keep an eye out for weeds every time you tend your garden. Hand pulling young weeds as soon as you spot them is the easiest and most organic method of control. Make sure you pull the whole root or they may grow back. Use an appropriate gardening tool, such as a garden fork, to prevent leaving the root ball in the ground.

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Mulch around plants. Mulching not only keeps soil warmer and moister, it can also help prevent weeds. A sufficient layer of mulch prevents soil from receiving sunlight, which prevents weeds from sprouting. If you use organic mulch, make sure the mulch itself contains no weed seeds.

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Apply herbicides, if necessary. When other measures have failed and noxious weeds are thriving, an herbicide is often the most efficient solution. However, some herbicides don’t differentiate between plants and will kill just about anything. When weeds are threatening to take over your landscape, it may be best to let our professionals at Lifescape Colorado handle the job for you.

At Lifescape Colorado, we understand the challenges gardeners face. Turn to us anytime for expert landscaping and gardening assistance. Check out our garden maintenance services to keep your outdoor space in the best shape possible!

Common Gardening Mistakes to Avoid in Colorado

Here in Colorado, gardeners often face difficult weather patterns and variations in soil types from region to region. But no matter which area you call home, gardening requires patience and knowledge as even skilled gardeners can make mistakes. Here are a few common gardening mistakes to avoid this season.

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Not preparing soil well enough before planting. Soil should be tested for acidity and alkalinity. It’s better to amend soil and meet your plants’ needs instead of having to fix the problem later on. Remember to work the soil, break up clumps and add your amendments to a depth of 12 inches.

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Mistaking your plants for weeds. Before many types of plants start budding, they may resemble weeds. Avoid a case of mistaken identity by placing identifying tags in the soil. If don’t have any tags, make your own with hard plastic pieces and a waterproof marker.

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Planting diseased or pest-ridden plants. A diseased or infested plant can wreak havoc on a garden quickly. Check plants carefully before adding them to your landscape. Look for yellowed foliage, brown spots and any suspicious marks that could indicate a diseased plant. When checking for pests, remember that aphids and spider mites are small and hard to find. Don’t forget to look beneath leaves, where many pests like to hide. If you don’t spot any bugs, remember to look for other common signs of infestation, such as webs or blisters.

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Overwatering or underwatering. Moisture requirements vary among different types of plants, as well as whether or not they’re established or newly planted. Familiarize yourself with your plants’ needs and group those with similar requirements next to each other. Consider also investing in a smart controller with a rain sensor.

One of the best ways to avoid these gardening mistakes is to seek expert help. Our professional team at Lifescape Colorado can answer all of your questions and keep your landscape vibrant and healthy. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you design a beautiful garden.

Landscaping Inspiration for Your Fall Garden

Autumn is a time of transition from warm summer landscapes awash in bright blooms to the subtler tones of winter. With a well-designed plan, your fall garden can be a beautiful focal point, perhaps even outdoing your summer garden in terms of color and design. Here are a couple tips for planning a beautifully designed fall landscape.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Organize colors and textures. Contrasting colors and textures can draw the eye and make your landscape more visually appealing. Placing deep green plants near flowers with vivid red, orange or yellow foliage can make colors even more intense. Likewise, playing with plant textures can add visual depth to your Colorado landscape.

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Plan your new fall beds. After surveying your landscape, draw a general design on paper, or hire a professional landscape firm to plan a personalized design. Make sure these designs include architectural features, such as walkways and arbors, as well as decorative fall beds. Drawing it, rather than visualizing it in your mind’s eye can help you see more clearly any limitations and changes that need to be made.

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Play up landscape architecture.  Find ways to combine arbors, benches or other landscape features with your fall plants to create small seating areas or other inviting spaces for repose. Soon enough, winter weather will come and deter restful moments spent in the garden. This is why many people enjoy creating special autumn nooks. Consider details such as natural wind blocks, which can help keep your outdoor space a little warmer.

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Consider ornamental grasses that offer multi-season coloration. Low-maintenance grasses, such as Little Bluestem, can add a pop of color to landscapes through spring, summer and fall. With its natural blue hue, this plant maintains its vivid coloration through summer, turning red, purple and orange in the fall.

Our experts at Lifescape Colorado can bring your landscape visions to life. Contact us to learn all about our garden and landscape architecture and construction services.

Gardening in Colorado? There’s an App for That

One of our goals at Lifescape Colorado is helping you enjoy the beautiful results of a healthy garden and landscape. We understand the particular challenges Colorado gardeners face, so this is why we’re so pleased the Denver Post is offering a free “Garden Colorado” app. We’ve highlighted a couple benefits of this app below, which is now available for the iPad, Kindle and many android devices.

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Learn about Colorado soil. Soil texture, pH and nutrient structure vary from state to state, as well as within specific regions. This app will provide helpful information about working with Colorado soil types.

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Discover the best growing methods for vegetables, from beans to tomatoes. Additionally, you’ll find helpful tips about cultivating other types of plants in this state, including many types of aromatic and blooming plants.

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Access month-to-month gardening to-do lists for your area. As the weather changes from month-to-month, so do gardening tasks. This app provides access to gardening checklists for each month of the year.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Learn about gardening challenges specific to Colorado’s climate. Growing a garden at high altitudes or in times of drought often requires a different approach than those listed in general garden resources. The Garden Colorado app offers tips that specifically help Colorado gardeners. Along with learning how to navigate climate challenges, you can learn which plants are the easiest to grow here.

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Read interesting and fun articles by local gardeners. Over the years, the Denver Post has amassed a library of enjoyable articles about Colorado gardens and gardeners. This app gives you access to both important information, as well as a bit of light reading.

Whenever you need help perfecting your Colorado garden or landscape, remember to contact us at Lifescape Colorado. We offer expert gardening services and can assist you with your landscape architecture and construction needs.

A Colorado Gardener’s August Checklist

Extra heat and sunshine calls for dutiful attention to watering in the month of August. Although your landscape’s lush greenery and bountiful harvests may still be your landscape’s focal point, autumn’s chill is actually just around the corner. Here is a brief checklist of landscaping tasks for Colorado gardeners this August.

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Keep an eye on watering. Water trees deeply and make sure to cover root zones — don’t just water around the base. Check your flowers and vegetables at least twice per day to make sure they’re not wilting or showing other signs of thirst. Remember, it’s best to water in the early morning when it’s hot outside.

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Support top-heavy plants. These will need to be staked to prevent toppling or breakage. To accomplish this task, choose sturdy stakes and use soft, flexible ties that will not injure stems. Remember, the main purpose is to keep flowers and fruit off the ground to prevent breakage. There should be a gap between the stem and stake for airflow.

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Prepare for fall. Start deadheading and removing dead or diseased foliage. It’s best to keep up with this now to save yourself extra work when cooler weather hits. If you plan to grow a cool season vegetable crop, now is the time to prepare the beds and start seeding.

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Keep up with the harvest. Leaving produce on vines attracts insects. Avoid inadvertently feeding pests by checking for any vegetables or fruits that are ready to be picked.

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Assess your landscape for changes that should be made. So much is in bloom in August, making this an ideal time to see how your landscape will function and look aesthetically. Make notes about plants or landscape features you might want to replace or add. Decide if your hardscaping design still matches your outdoor needs, so you can use the colder months to plan any changes.

Attending to your landscape can be a lot of work, especially in August, but we can help. Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn more about the garden maintenance services we provide.