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A Colorado Gardener’s July Checklist

July is a month in which your Colorado landscape may require a little extra planning and attention. While your landscape transforms into a colorful oasis, most of your gardening tasks may entail an early morning wake up call so you can head outside before the summer sun heats up.

Here’s a quick garden checklist for you to follow in the month of July.

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Enjoy the floral bounty. If you’ve heeded our advice and created a mostly native landscape plan, then many of your plants will be on auto-pilot this time of the year. You’re getting the visual benefit of the late spring and early summer blooms, as well as the new flowers put forth by your mid- to late-summer bloomers.

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Check out the birds and bees. This is a great time to set up a temporary viewing station. If you don’t have a permanent one in place amongst your beautiful blooms already, a small bistro table and two chairs can be easily moved from flower cluster to flower cluster. Sitting at a small table, you can easily watch bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other winged creatures partake of the abundant pollen and nectar of your garden blooms.

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General tree, shrub and plant care. Even though your hands will remain (mostly) dirt-free, keep an eye on your plants and trim them as needed. Remove about a third of the old growth on your shrubs as well as any ground-level suckers. Deadhead your blooming plants and remove old flower spikes and other dead/dying plant material to keep your garden looking at its best.

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Keep an eye on the water. July and August are our hottest, driest months and if you aren’t observant, plants can wither quickly if they aren’t getting enough water. Look for signs of water stress and amend your watering accordingly. Don’t forget to look for any leaks or malfunctions in your drip system and soaker hoses before watering deeply.

Remember that Lifescape Colorado offers full landscape maintenance services, and we’re happy to do all the work for you. If you’re worried about a troubling spot in your Denver landscape, contact Lifescape Colorado online, or give us a call at 303.831.8310.

Coral Bells

Today, we’d like to introduce a plant that’s beautiful, easy to grow, can survive hot dry summers, as well as cold snowy winters and isn’t too particular about its watering needs. It might sound too good to be true, but Coral Bells (Heuchera ssp.) are a beautiful addition to any landscape. These perennials are a prime example of a low-maintenance Colorado native plant that can provide aesthetic appeal to garden landscapes year after year.

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Let These Beautiful Flowers Deck Your Garden Walk

Coral Bells (also called alum root) are native American plants that grow in multiple areas of the country. They’re as appreciated for their beautiful foliage as they are for their colorful blooms. You’ll want to pay careful attention to the varieties you choose, since some of them have more dramatic blooms than others. However, what’s sacrificed in terms of flowers is made up for by the stunning ground cover their foliage provides.

Typically, Coral Bells have tiny clouds of white, red, pink, or coral blooms that are bell-shaped, growing from a slender stalk that shoots up and above their abundant foliage. They love the sun, but prefer partial shade when they live in an area that’s as hot and dry as ours. Colorado gardeners will appreciate that Heuchera plants prefer sandy and well-draining soil, since we have plenty of that in this area! They can be watered sporadically during the summer and go without water for a bit after a good summer storm.

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You won’t be the only one attracted to the delicate blooms of the Coral Bell; bees and hummingbirds will flock to them during their late spring and early summer flowering seasons. Once the blooms have faded, you can cut back the stalks to enjoy the foliage. These plants will remain happily in their beds through the winter, and all you need to do is remove their dead foliage each spring. Every three to four years, you’ll want to divide them and transplant the divided halves.

Don’t forget that Lifescape Colorado is more than happy to take care of your garden maintenance once your landscape design and build-out is complete. Contact us today for more information about our services. 

Blue Avena Grass

Are you looking for a beautiful plant to add to your landscape design? If so, we at Lifescape Colorado recommend Blue Avena Grass, also called Blue Oat Grass. If you get started now, this gorgeous plant can be established just in time to benefit from its midsummer seed-out. This occurs when groups of tan seed heads gracefully arch from the plant’s head, contrasting with the rest of it’s blue-green foliage.

Here are some of the other reasons why Blue Avena Grass (Helictotrichon sempervirens) is one of our favorite Colorado native plants.

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It provides year-round interest. So many “favorite” flowers and plants are only visually interesting for brief windows of time, but they don’t necessarily contribute much during their off-seasons. Blue Oat Grass is beautiful all year long, which is a major bonus for Colorado gardens. The spiky and perky plant will stay blue during all four seasons. Then, in mid-summer and under full-sun exposure, its visual interest increases when tan seed heads sprout, making this grass even more colorful.

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Low-maintenance gardening. One of the greatest benefits of growing native plants is their low-maintenance and drought tolerant characteristics. Blue Avena Grass is no exception — it likes dry, sandy, well-draining soil, which we have plenty of in our Rocky Mountain landscape! Once this plant is established, you’ll hardly have to water it at all.

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As happy in a container as in the ground. Container gardening adds wonderful visual appeal to your landscape. You can rearrange containers to achieve different looks on smaller patios and deck spaces. Fortunately, Blue Avena Grass is just as happy in a large container as it is in your plant beds or landscapes, which makes it a beautiful addition to your container garden.

You can grow Blue Avena Grass from seed in the spring, or buy more established clumps from a local nursery. Come next spring, you can divide these grass clumps and move transplants to new locations.

Contact Lifescape Colorado, a full landscape design and maintenance firm, to choose the ideal site location for beautiful Colorado native plants.

5 Ways to Conserve More Water in Your Colorado Garden

A fundamental part of maintaining a sustainable landscape is to minimize your impact on the Rocky Mountain water table. Water-wise landscaping in Colorado begins with a good plan, but you must maintain these conscious steps year after year to experience your garden’s full potential. The following five tips can help you conserve more water in your Colorado garden.

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Choose water-wise plants. Except for a few shade-tolerant annuals and perennials, there’s really no excuse for not growing water-wise plants. Native plants have adapted to our low-water environment, and still have all the beautiful green foliage and blooms you’ve come to appreciate in non-native counterparts ill-suited for our dry climate.

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Water deeply. Gardeners are usually content with 15-minute daily watering schedules set on their timed irrigation. Unfortunately, this frequent “shallow” watering yields plants with shallower roots, which require more water. Instead, practice “deep watering,” which requires less water in the long run. Plus, you’ll encourage strong and healthy root growth deep in the ground and save water while you’re at it.

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Create a xeriscape plan. Xeriscaping is a smart landscaping technique that carefully analyzes your site, including its geography, orientation, drainage conditions, sun exposure, etc. A xeriscape designer will then choose plants that suit a particular area’s conditions. Of course, a xeriscape is also drought-resistant. A well-designed xeriscape will require very little watering once plants are established.

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Do the finger check. If you’re an avid container gardener, do the finger check before watering. You may find your plants require less water than you think. The first two to three inches of soil should be dry before you even consider whipping out that watering can. You can use this same tactic for flower and plant beds as well.

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Switch groundcover. Get rid of that lawn, or at least large portions of it. Lawns are major water consumers. You can augment your lawn with alternative green and/or colorful drought-tolerant groundcover.

Contact Lifescape Colorado if you need assistance enhancing your Colorado landscape. We can assist you with planning, building, planting, as well as year-round maintenance for stunning outdoor living spaces.

Water Smart: A Simple Guide to Drip Irrigation

When you live in our dry Rocky Mountain climate, water conservation is a top priority. Our water resources are precious, and after planning for water-wise landscaping in Colorado, installing and maintaining a drip irrigation system is the single most important thing you can do to save water.

Unlike traditional sprinklers and hand watering, which delivers water from above and leads to water waste, leaf burn and excess moisture that causes vulnerability to fungus and disease, drip systems deliver the right amount of water at the base of the plant, so water travels down to the roots as efficiently as possible. This saves both time and money. A well-maintained drip irrigation system can save between 30 and 50 percent more water.

A Simple Drip Irrigation How-to Guide for Water-wise Landscaping in Colorado

Lifescape Colorado is happy to help you build an efficient drip irrigation system. We’re a Sustainable Landscape Charter Partner with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, and our WaterSense irrigation system is certified by the EPA as the highest water-saving irrigation device on the market.

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Create a plan. Your irrigation plan depends on your landscaping plan. Draw up a plan of your landscape design, labeled with its watering needs. This will help you choose the best equipment for each area, and will allow you to set your irrigation pressure and timers appropriately.

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Understand the components. There are a range of drip irrigation components available. Your landscape designer can help you determine which ones will be needed for your system. These include:

  • Mainline
  • Sub-main
  • Valve
  • Backflow preventer
  • Pressure regulator
  • Filter
  • Drip tubing
  • Tubing adapters and fittings
  • Emitters
  • End caps
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Use the right emitters. Once you’ve installed your main and sub-mains, you’ll need to select the right emitters for the job. These include:

  • Individual emitters – best for establishing new trees, plants and containers
  • Pressure compensator emitters - use these in areas with a slope
  • Soaker hoses – use for small runs of plants in rows, like your vegetable garden
  • Inline emitter tubing - for densely planted trees/shrubs
  • Spray – works best for dense groundcover and/or densely planted beds

 

No main line should run for longer than 400-feet and emitters should be evenly spaced about 12 to 20-inches apart, depending on the type of soil you have. It’s important to consider that a 1 gallon per hour (gph) emitter covers about 12-inches of sandy soil.

While the amount of time it takes to install the initial system design may seem daunting at first, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the season with a water-wise landscape. Would you like professional assistance designing and/or installing your drip irrigation system? If so, contact Lifescape Colorado. We’re happy to help.