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April Lawn Tips

We are about to the end of time to put down your lawn crabgrass preventer. It is effective if you have a problem with crabgrass. You need to get it put down soon in order for it to be effective.

Do you have apple or pear  trees? Are you tired of your apples or pears have holes from bugs? Chances are that the wholes in your apples or pears are from codling moths. In order to stop these ugly little monsters from ruining your fruit, you must spray or you can use codling moth traps. Codling moths traps are great to manage the damaged caused by codling moths by luring them and trapping them before they have a chance to lay their eggs. In order for them to be effective, they must be on your tree approximately one week before the blossoms open.

We all get tired of the grays and browns of winter and start to get a little cabin fever as spring approaches.  I, for one, always look forward to those early blooming woody plants that let us know that spring is here.  Certainly when we talk of early blooming plants Forsythias come to mind, but I thought I would mention a couple of my favorites that you may or may not have known about.

King Edward VII Currant:

It is time to prepare your garden for planting. Adding organic matter to our soil is the best way to break up that heavy clay. Building decent soil here in Colorado takes time. Compost is always a good place to start.  Always be sure to use compost from a trusted source and be careful with uncomposted products such as manure, as these can cause salinity problems and burn the roots of your crops.  If you are having trouble with your garden, we are always more than happy to help.

Anytime after April 1st the ground will be warm enough to plant spring bulbs. When you mention spring bulbs many people think you have to dig them up in the fall. For some, this is true but there are also some that you plant and are considered perennials (lily of the valley, foxtail lily, crocosmia, oriental lily, lady’s lord and asiatic lilies).

With Mother’s Day right around the corner we are all scrambling thinking of great gift ideas. A perfect gift for Moms everywhere is a Hybrid Tea rose bush. Hybrid tea roses provide beauty and sophistication year after year. Whether it is a gift for Mom or a treat for you, roses can be a great addition to any yard. There are endless varieties of roses to choose from, so I will profile some of my favorites and some new roses.

Pope John Paul II Rose

Rosa JACsegra

Early in the spring is the time that we’re all itching to say goodbye to the harsh winter weather and get some color back in our yards.

One way to do this is to put in early blooming plants to get a jump start on the growing season.

Do you want to be the talk of the neighborhood in late March when you have shrubs that are blooming and no one else does?

The following are all shrubs that are blooming right now and could provide a yearly relief from the drab grayness of winter.

With it being spring, things are blooming and the gardening season is about to be in full swing. If we’ve learned anything from the recent economic happenings, it is that we all would like to save some money.

One great way to do this is by growing your own produce. Make your yard work for you as much as you work for it!

Apple trees are always a very popular choice. Apple trees will not only provide fruit for your enjoyment, they are also a beautiful addition to any yard.

Bareroot Basics

Planting bareroot plants can be very intimidating if you’ve not done it before. Luckily, you have us to help eliminate the anxiety of planting bareroot.

At a glance, bareroot plants do not look like much more than a stick with some ‘hairy’ roots hanging from them, but if given the chance they can transform your yard into a beautiful green-filled paradise.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’

The enormous cone shaped blooms on this beauty start out a vanilla white, changing to a soft pink and finally to a ripe strawberry red. Remember, new flowers keep the multi-color show going from July into the fall. This plant is 6’-7’ tall and 4’-5’ wide. East or North exposure is best or placed under a large shade tree (Zone 4).

Prairie Rose Crabapple

Malus 'Prairie Rose'