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Proper Shrub Maintenance for Colorado Gardens

Shrubs are not only sustainable options for a healthy garden, but they also add long-term beauty to Colorado landscapes. However, without proper maintenance, even the hardiest of shrubs may succumb to disease. To keep your shrubs healthy and beautiful for many years to come, consider the following garden maintenance tips below.

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Young or newly planted shrubs require regular watering until they’re fully established. This helps them form a strong root system, vital to health and longevity. Native shrubs are better adapted to our drought-prone climate. Nevertheless, these low-maintenance plants still need to be watered. Many newly planted shrubs require a thorough soaking at least once a week throughout the growing season. You should continue watering through the fall until the ground freezes, especially your evergreen shrubs.

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Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses to water the soil throughout the root zone. Overhead watering is more wasteful, and sometimes water left on foliage leads to sun scorching. Soil amendments and fertilizer should be applied according to the needs of each specific type of shrub. If you don’t know your soil’s pH level, have it tested and amend it as necessary for your shrubs. Some shrubs prefer more acidity than others do.

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Pruning is important for aesthetic reasons, as well as for shrub health. Avoid pruning haphazardly or at the wrong time. Shrubs that flower in early spring can be pruned as soon as they stop blooming. If you prune too early, your shrubs might produce fewer blooms. Shrubs that bloom in the summer should not be pruned until winter after they’ve become dormant or in very early spring before you see them greening.

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Both new and established shrubs will thrive better if you remove old, damaged or diseased branches so healthier branches can receive more airflow and sunlight. You should also remove branches that are tangled or are rubbing against other branches.

Good shrub maintenance takes some time and effort. If you’d rather leave the hard work to our experts at Lifescape Colorado, just contact us today, and we’ll get started. We offer a variety of garden and landscape services that can keep your shrubs looking healthy and beautiful.

Prepare Your Colorado Garden for Winter

In the late fall — when temperatures drop and plants go into dormancy — is the perfect time to prepare your Colorado garden for the long winter ahead. All steps taken now will give your landscape a better chance of flourishing with fewer pests and disease next spring. Here are four important steps that should not be overlooked.

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Clean up your landscape. This helps prevent pests and disease from over-wintering. Concentrate on first removing and discarding all diseased or pest-ridden plants and debris that have fallen to the ground. Next, inspect your plants and trim off diseased parts. Pull up dead annuals, and make sure you remove old stems and other plant parts from your vegetable garden. Plant debris that show no signs of disease or pests can be placed in your compost pile or worked into the soil.

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Keep watering trees and shrubs. As long as temperatures remain above freezing, you should keep to your current watering schedule. This moisture will aid your trees and shrubs as they head into dormancy.

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Tend to your perennials. Most perennials that have little winter interest can be and should be cut back. Evergreens and ornamental grasses should be left alone as they’ll provide nice color and texture through the winter season. Perennial beds can be treated with a layer of fresh organic mulch to give them extra protection against fluctuating winter temperatures.

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Protect vulnerable plants. Most hardy plants and shrubs can withstand the cold, but some may need a little help. For example, small evergreen shrubs will benefit from a wind blocking structure, while roses and bulb beds will appreciate a layer of organic mulch. Small trees may need barriers to protect them from wildlife. When in doubt, err on the side of caution with plants, and remember that you can always contact Lifescape Colorado to care for your garden year round.

At Lifescape Colorado, our professionals can get your garden ready for winter and flourishing by next spring. Please visit our maintenance page to learn more about our landscape maintenance services.

Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs in Autumn

Fall is a great time to plan next year’s spring garden. For stunning flowers and a gorgeous landscape, one important step you can take when cool weather hits is to plant hardy flowering bulbs. Here are a couple important tips for successful planting.

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Plant early in the fall to give bulbs a head start. Bulbs that have a good root system in place before freezing weather hits will devote more energy in the spring to produce flowers. Bulbs that don’t have an adequate root system must spend extra time in the spring to develop better roots before flowering.

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Prepare the soil. Flowering bulbs need well-draining soil so they don’t rot. This means if your soil is clay, you need to amend it with sand and peat to give it better texture. If your garden soil is low on other organic matter, add in some potting soil or topsoil meant for bulbs.

As you add amendments, work your soil to loosen it to the right depth. Smaller bulbs require at least 5 inches, while larger bulbs require 8. Note that the soil beneath the bulbs should be loose for root penetration.

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Plant bulbs with the pointed side up. On many bulbs, it’s easy to determine which side is the stem and which is the root. On others, however, it can be a little tricky. When in doubt, go with your intuition. Most bulbs will still find a way to push the stem up through the soil when it’s time. Don’t forget to water them when planting.

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Mark the space. Marking the bulbs will prevent confusion the following spring and help you avoid accidentally planting other things in the bulb bed.

Keep in mind that our skilled crew at Lifescape Colorado can create and maintain beautiful flowering bulb beds for you all year round. Visit our website today to learn more about our garden and landscape maintenance services.

Tips for Starting a Garden in the Fall

The time for fall planting often comes sooner than you think, so it’s best to start preparing early. Starting a garden in the fall can bring new life to your landscape long after summer crops have withered. Here are some great tips for starting a bountiful fall garden.

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Choose the best spot. The sun is lower in the sky during the fall and winter, which means your summer gardening spot might not be the best for your fall garden. Most plants need around six hours of sunlight each day, which includes cool season vegetables such as kale. In addition to sunlight, it’s important to consider wind protection and accessibility.

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Boost the soil. Good soil contains sufficient nutrients and is well draining. Clay soil can be amended with sand and peat to improve texture and drainage. To improve sandy soil, you may need to add compost and topsoil. Alternatively, consider gardening in raised beds. You can fill raised beds with premium topsoil, rich compost and other nutrient-rich loamy additions. Since creating raised beds is often difficult work, you can always let Lifescape Colorado handle the load for you.

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Plant your seeds in time for a good harvest. Many cool season crops take a full 60 days to harvest from seed. Although the weather may still feel a little warm, cooler weather is just around the corner, so you shouldn’t wait too long to start planting.

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Keep your garden adequately watered. Don’t let cooler weather fool you. You might not get as thirsty as you did in the heat of summer, but your plants’ watering needs should never be neglected. Keep in mind that seedlings should be kept moist or they’ll perish easily. Mulching around plants is especially helpful in the fall by keeping the ground warm and moist.

Planting and maintaining a garden can be a lot of work. Remember that our experts at Lifescape Colorado are happy to help you with all of your gardening and landscaping needs. You can learn more about our services on our website.

The Importance of Autumn Composting

Composting is an easy way to recycle organic waste, while producing a healthy, sustainable product for your garden. Autumn is the ideal time to focus on creating compost, as well as for adding compost and other amendments to improve soil composition and texture. Here are some of the top benefits of soil improvement and composting in the fall.

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Composting puts organic garden debris to excellent use. One of the important garden and landscaping tasks in the fall is to remove dead plants and clear away old stalks, stems and leaves. Nearly all disease-free plant matter, whether green, brown or decayed, can be collected and added to the compost pile. This keeps organic waste from needlessly filling up trash receptacles, while offering a valuable soil amendment. You can remove old compost to free up bins for newly collected plant material.

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Adding compost in autumn renews depleted soil. During the spring and summer, plants rely on nutrient rich soil to grow. Compost can be added around flowers, trees or shrubs and worked into the soil for next year’s vegetable garden. This revives soil in one of the most sustainable, earth-friendly ways.

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Creating well-balanced compost is the easiest in the fall. As trees shed leaves in preparation for winter, there’s an abundance of both decaying and fresh leaves, which each add value to compost. Brown, decaying leaves add carbon and can break down compost faster, while the nitrogen in green leaves, grasses and other fresh plant debris, feed microorganisms that break down raw organic substances in compost.

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Organic soil amendments require time to release nutrients. By adding compost, kelp and other appropriate amendments now, enough time will have passed for the nutrients to release into your soil in the spring.

Our experts at Lifescape Colorado understand how to create and maintain green and sustainable Colorado gardens through all seasons. To learn how we can help you this fall or any other time, contact us today.