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Why Fall Leaves are Your Garden’s Best Friend

Are fall leaves getting the best of you? Sounds like it’s time to put them to work in your favor. Dried, dead leaves are one of Mother Nature’s best fertilizers. Without them, our forest floors wouldn’t provide the same quality of rich, loamy soil needed to nurture buried seeds. In fact, without leaves, moisture would evaporate more quickly and pests and diseases would have a better chance at gaining access to tender new shoots.

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While they may feel like the enemy at times, in truth, fall leaves are one of your garden’s best friends. Here are some important facts to know about fall leaves.

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They’re jam-packed with nutrients. Trees roots worked hard all spring and summer extracting nutrients from the soil to feed their trunks, branches, stems and leaves. Those leaves are now full of phytonurtrients that will be recycled back into the soil for the next generation. Phytonutrients also feed earthworms and microbes that improve soil quality.

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Leaf mulch is economical. In a Houzz article, Therese Ciesinsky talks about her town’s “leaf collecting day.” Residents blow fallen leaves into the street and a municipal truck comes along to vacuum them up. She writes, “What I see being vacuumed up are dollar bills, the money these homeowners will spend next year on lawn and garden fertilizers, mulch and bagged compost.” Instead, use a mulching lawn mower to gather and mulch leaves to use for your spring and summer gardens. Doing so can put hundreds of dollars back into your pockets.

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Organic matter improves soil structure. Our Rocky Mountain geography is comprised predominantly of sandy, well-draining soil. While this is suitable for our most hardy native plants, your landscape’s soil will appreciate the structure provided by additional organic matter from leaf and kitchen compost.

Are you planning on removing fallen leaves from your landscape? The Lifescape Colorado maintenance team will be happy to remove fallen leaf material and compost it for you. Contact us online or give us a call at 303.831.8310 today.

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.

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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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.

Is Your Garden as Green as You Think?

A Colorado garden can look and feel like a natural haven, but many landscapes are not as earth-friendly and sustainable as they appear. Your gardening practices, such as the types of plants you choose and the details you focus on, can make a huge difference on your garden’s environmental impact. Here are some tips for making your garden a little bit greener.

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Incorporate drought-tolerant plants. Drought is such a common issue in Colorado, but you can conserve more by reducing your garden’s need for water. One way to do this is by choosing drought-resistant plants. These include many colorful growths native to our state, as well as other eye-catching plants, such as the yucca.

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Water plants the smart, sustainable way. Reduce water waste by watering early in the morning before temperatures start to rise. This can be accomplished by watering low to the ground, using soaker hoses or low sprinkler systems and installing a smart irrigation controller.

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Create your own compost. Put yard waste into a compost pile rather than throwing it away. Most kitchen scraps, with the exception of meat products and dairy, can be added to compost. After everything breaks down, you’ll be left with a nutrient-rich compost to add to your garden soil. Many plants don’t require much more fertilizer than dark, rich compost.

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Control pests, naturally. Many common garden pests can be controlled without spraying plants with harmful chemicals. Instead, use horticultural oils and let helpful bugs, such as ladybugs and spiders, live in peace in your garden. You can also create inviting habitats to attract particular types of native birds that feast on harmful insects, such as bluebirds. These natural pest control solutions cost little in time and money and can prevent chemical contamination.

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Use sustainable hardscaping. Omit solid paved paths in favor of permeable pavers, pea gravel or natural mulch. These features allow rain to flow down into the soil throughout your garden rather than being lost to evaporation.

For help creating a more sustainable garden, contact us at Lifescape Colorado. Our experts understand the special requirements for growing and maintaining a green and sustainable landscape.