Winter gardening in Colorado isn’t impossible, but it will require a few changes on your part. If you don’t want your landscape to look like a bleak midwinter snowstorm, container gardening is a wonderful way to enjoy winter interest on your patio and around other areas of your yard.
Keep your container garden going this winter with a few of these helpful gardening tips. Source: Lifescape
You can even enhance your container’s visual impact by adding some inanimate seasonal and/or holiday cheer. However, before you dive into your next project, there are a handful of container gardening mistakes you should keep in mind. Here are five you’ll want to avoid this winter.
- Buying pots that aren’t suited for our climate. Make sure you purchase pots that can handle freezing temperatures without cracking or falling apart.
- Filling and planting the container in the wrong spot. A full container is a heavy container and moving it can be back-breaking work. Place your containers where you want them, and then fill them with rich organic soil that will help nourish plant roots all season long. If you want to keep your containers mobile (recommended if the containers aren’t sheltered), purchase containers with wheels or buy small platforms on castors to make the move easier.
- Not paying attention to each plant’s individual needs. In an effort to plant a beautiful and proportional container garden, it’s easy to forget that different plants have different needs in terms of sun, soil and water. Make sure to grow plants that have similar needs, so they remain collectively healthy.
- Over/under watering. First, make sure your containers have ample drainage holes, so you don’t have to worry about root rot. Then, pay attention to each plant’s watering needs. Most containers need to be watered everyday or every-other-day.
- Neglecting fertilizer. Fertilizer doesn’t last as long in containers as it does in the ground. Therefore, containers need to be fertilized more frequently.
Lifescape Colorado specializes in customized holiday container gardens for the winter and holiday seasons. Contact us today to plant, maintain, or spruce up your winter container garden.
During the winter season in Colorado, while much of the landscape is dormant and the ground is frozen, it can be easy to forget that your landscape still needs care. Since you are not really mowing the lawn and trying to plant a garden, that’s no reason to bypass winter lawn care. Take a look at a few tips you don’t want to forget this winter season.
Checking soil moisture. Photo Credit: sunset.com
Turf mites and winter kill can be a problem over the winter months. If there are long periods were there is no precipitation, lawns can dry out and decline. It will help if you put a note on your calendar to check your lawn’s soil moisture each month and water as needed, of course if the ground is not frozen. And remember to pay special attention to south and west facing areas, these areas will dry out faster. Slope are another area that needs more frequent checking because they also dry out faster than flat areas.
Have you started to preparing your Denver landscape for winter yet?
Driveways, pathways, walkways, stairs…they don’t always have to look so boring. Many times homeowners fail to realize that their hardscapes can be just as eye-catching as the garden. What could give you more curb appeal or visually pleasing aesthetics than attention-grabbing color? If you are still a little unsure, take a look at a few of these hardscapes:
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What a difference color can make! If you live in the Denver area and want to inject some color into your yard’s hardscapes, now is the best time to act! There is still time to take advantage of Lifescape’s winter construction discount! For more information on this wonderful Winter Construction Discount, call Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310. To see all of the Colorado cities and communities we service, visit www.lifescapeassociates.com.
Since Fall is here and the holidays are beginning to be the focus on everyone’s mind lets talk about a popular holiday tree, the Colorado blue spruce tree. A lot of times people start out buying the tree as a potted plant for indoor holiday decoration. Then after the holidays, they will plant their blue spruce trees outside as a landscaping plant.
Colorado blue spruce trees usually grow to be about 30 to 60 feet high and their limbs and needles spread out to about 10 to 20 feet. It’s pyramid shape and silver-blue needles make then a great classic choice for Christmas trees. They are also great for winter landscaping. In areas in the North were it snows, the Colorado blue spruce provides a picturesque winter scene that is very beautiful and natural.
As far as caring for the Colorado blue spruce tree, you won’t have to do a lot of pruning. However if you prefer denser foilage, the tree can be pruned. You want to plant the tree in a location where it will receive full to partial sun and where there is moist, fertile soil.