Spring is a unique season in the Rocky Mountains. We can experience winter, spring and summer in a single day. This makes it tricky for gardeners who yearn to transform their winter landscape.
The following Colorado gardening tips can help you prepare your landscape for the warmer seasons, regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.
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Have a vision. Use this downtime to create your vision. Have you fallen into a gardening rut, planting the same things in the same location? Visit with professional landscape designers to gain a fresh perspective. Then, start drawing up the plans or laying down the borders, so you can finalize your shopping list.
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Use containers. If you’re dying for a little color, consider the benefits of container gardening. Smaller containers can be easily moved undercover or indoors when a freeze or spring storm is predicted. Place larger pots on flats with wheels before planting for easy moving. Containers can create colorful focal points in a garden that isn’t quite ready to explode into full splendor.
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Reshape the lawn. Are you ready to cut back on your lawn and add more drought tolerant plants? Has your lawn usurped some of your garden beds? Use the dormant season to reconfigure your lawn’s size and shape, keeping in mind the mowing path come spring.
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Work with the soil. This step requires a little soil know-how. If you jump the gun, you’ll be working — or trying to operate heavy equipment — in a muddy mess. Pick up a handful of soil and compact it into a ball. If it breaks up relatively easily when agitated or dropped from a height of about 3 feet, you’re good to go. If it remains lumped together, you should wait until soil moisture has evaporated a bit more.
Prune and shape. Your vines, trees and ornamental grasses will enjoy a little pruning and shaping attention just as much as you’ll love reacquainting yourself with them.
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Today is the first day of spring! We’ve been getting used to some pretty spring like weather thus far and it’s exciting to finally be in the season of colorful blooms, fragrant outdoor aromas and gorgeous landscaping! Are you wondering what you can do to get your yard ready for spring? Take a look at 4 things you can start doing today:
1. Cut back last season’s growth on ornamental grasses. You want to get rid of the old before the new comes in, because separating the two is quite a difficult task.
2. Rake the lawn to remove all debris and dead grass that collected during winter. This is also good prep for the first mowing.
3. If you planted perennials for winter interest, now is the time to cut them back and clean them up.
4. Time to plant early season veggies. If the ground is workable here are some that would be great to plant: carrots, peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes.
What are you looking forward to seeing in your yard this spring?
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Have you started thinking about what colors you want to see in your landscape this spring season? Now is a great time to start thinking about what seeds to get in preparation for the planting season. Why spring color? There is nothing that perks up your yard more that a healthy dose of vibrant color. From the back garden to flower pots on the front porch, colorful annuals and perennials make all the difference in enhancing our outdoor environments.
Here are a few spring blooms that will inspire you to think about what colors you want to see in your landscape this spring.
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Is the gardener in you just dying to get outside and go to work? Lifescape Associates understands. Take a look at five things the ALCC says you can start to do now in order to get your garden ready for the spring season.
1. Compost. Even if the ground is snow covered, throw some fresh compost over the garden to let it settle into the soil so come planting time, you can work the soil right.
2. Planting Seeds. Start planting your cool season crops once the ground can be tilled in March and April.
3. Choose your crops. “Carrots, spinach, lettuce, beets, green onions, radishes, pak choi and peas are veggies to plant soon.”
4. Plan what will grow where. A good practice to do every year is rotate your vegetable placement. This is to avoid insects and diseases that can overwinter in the soil and attack specific vegetables.
5. Before you start to plant, rototill or hand till the ground to work in the compost.
What are you looking forward to planting in your garden this year?
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