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Bluegrass Care Tips

Proper watering can promote a deeply rooted, healthier lawn. Summer conditions such as hot, dry and windy days can dictate watering practices. During these hot summer days we know that a healthy lawn of bluegrass needs 2.25” of water each week. Each time you water, it is important to moisten the root zone of your lawn. With a small shovel or soil probe you can take a look at your root zone to see the depth. A healthy bluegrass lawn would have a good, deep 6” depth on its root system. If the lawn root depth is 6” then you would moisten to 6”.

Dividing Irises

Irises are best divided in the fall. It is safe to divide them now until frost. When irises become crowded they will no longer bloom, so dividing them helps with overcrowding. It is important to inspect the tubers and make sure they don’t have any insect problems and that they aren’t diseased after you dig them up and before you replant. Cut the foliage down to about 3’ before planting. Remember that irises don’t like to be planted too deep. In fact, the top of the tuber should be showing. Give them plenty of room to grow!

July is a great month to get things done around the yard:

-This is the last month we really recommend fertilizing the trees and shrubs, as they need time to harden off before winter. So if you haven’t done it yet, there is still time.

-Dead head (cut of the spent flowers) on your perennials and roses. Then fertilize them to get them blooming again.

-Check the drip system and make sure all the emitters are working properly.

-Prune trees and shrubs if needed.

-Plant a few new perennials for added flower power.

If you live in Colorado, you probably can appreciate the importance of shade that a tree can provide. Do you really understand the importance of trees? Trees absorb carbon dioxide and provide us with the oxygen we breathe. Trees also provide sources of timber, food, essential oils, gums, resins, latex, medicines, as well as wonderful cooling shade.

It has been wonderful to experience a real spring again. The plants have really enjoyed the moisture. It was a slow start, but it has been more like spring traditionally should be.  I have really enjoyed watching everything come to life with such vigor.

It is time to get things in good health. Fertilizing trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns should be done now.

I don’t know about you, but the winter we have been having this spring is really starting to affect my gardening habit. I am so ready to get things going in my garden and this weather has really put a hold on things. I have potatoes, onions, lettuce, peas and carrots in my garden. Last year I had everything in my veggie garden planted by now and it was thriving.

The moisture has been awesome and I haven’t had to water my lawn yet - so I should be grateful for that, right?

We all know that we are experiencing drought and that all cities seem to be talking about some kind of water restrictions for your landscape. However these restrictions can be dealt with, as most of us apply more water to our landscapes than they really need.  Don’t just water on your watering day, check the ground to see if it’s dry and needs water. It is always easiest to just set that irrigation controller to run and ignore it. Although, the better thing is to check the ground to see if it needs water.

• Crabgrass preventer is a pre-emergent and works best if put down mid-March.
• Apply pre-emergent weed and grass preventer to your shrub beds.
• Re-mulch your shrub beds.
• Time to cut your perennials back and clean up your landscape beds.
• It is time to aerate your lawn (of course you get a better plug if the ground is moist).
• This is a great time to rototill compost into your garden and prepare it for planting.
• Plant your potatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, carrots, spinach, beets, kale, and other cool weather crops. 

Christmas is coming and if you have not found the perfect gift for the gardener in your life, we have great news for you!

All Christmas items are 50% off!

All garden gifts are 20% off!

We will be open Christmas Eve from 8:30am to 12:00pm for your last minute shopping.

After Christmas Sale
December 26th thru December 29th
9:00 am-5:00pm
50% to 75% off all Christmas items

We will be closed December 30th 2012 thru January 20th 2013 while we take a short break.

We are extremely dry and even if you have established trees, you need to water them. Although plants are dormant, they still require water in the winter which they would usually get from natural snowfall.

A great rule of thumb for winter watering is a 2” tree requires 10 gallons of water a month in the winter. We recommend you water every two weeks if we have no measurable snowfall. It isn’t a lot of water really, just enough to keep the hair roots supple. Protect your investment and water.