When you think of the word pollinator, what comes to mind? Typically, your answer would be bees and you are correct! Colorado has 946 species of native bees, which is more than the whole eastern U.S. combined where only 803 species are known. Our state has such a high population of bee species because we have diverse habitats and regional climates within the state that are associated with changes in elevation, longitude and latitude. Colorado is very fortunate to have so many different bee species, however, we also have more than just bees that act as pollinators. Continue reading Colorado’s Native Pollinators
Choosing to hire a landscape design and install company can seem like a complicated task, but in reality, all it takes is a little research and the process can be quite simple and rewarding. Your goal should be to have a yard that you are proud to call your own and a place that you can go to relax and escape the antics of everyday life. There are a few basic things to consider when choosing a landscape design and install company.
In today’s technology-based world most people own a smart phone, a tablet or a computer. Technology is inevitable in today’s society, and the landscaping industry is no exception. We have put together a list of some high tech landscaping and gardening tools that you can use in your own backyard!
Smart Irrigation Systems
Smart irrigation systems allow the user to control their sprinkler systems directly from their smart phones. These Wi-Fi enabled irrigation controllers utilize local weather forecasts to ensure your yard is getting the water it needs and will make adjustments in hot and dry weather vs. rainy or cool weather. This ensures that you are never watering your lawn while it’s raining and in turn wasting water. For more information on Smart Irrigation and Wi-Fi controllers, check out our blog here!
As the Colorado Springs weather begins to warm up and the plants start to turn green, spending time outdoors becomes more and more top-of-mind. Parks are great places to spend time outdoors–you can run, hike, picnic, and spend time with your children and family members. Continue reading Colorado Springs Park Guide
So, you are finally making your back yard dreams a reality and hiring a landscape designer! Redesigning your landscape can be a fun and rewarding process! Being prepared for your meeting with your landscape designer can help them create your custom landscape as well as expedite the design and installation process. Here are 5 ways to prepare for your meeting with a landscape designer.
Think about the functionality of your yard
What do you want to use your yard for? You might be hosting parties for the neighborhood or after-school play dates for your kids. If you have pets that like to chomp on plants, you should consider using plants that are not toxic to your animals! For a list of pet friendly landscapes click here. Another consideration is how much maintenance you want to do on your landscape. Your landscape designer will be able to customize your yard according to your needs! Continue reading 5 Ways to Prepare for Your Meeting with a Landscape Designer
Planting a Shade Garden
Many a gardener was taught that the majority of plants love and require sunshine, but what do you plant in your yard in shady areas? People love to seek some cool shade on a warm summer day. Like people, there are a variety of plants that thrive in the shade. Continue reading Plants That Thrive in the Shade: Planting a Shade Garden
So, you want to begin a landscaping project in Colorado. How exciting! You are in for the ride of your life with this little home improvement project! Although all of those HGTV home improvement shows make it seem easy, landscaping is more than just picking out a few pretty plants and bushes and implanting them in their new permanent home. Landscaping in Colorado can be a tricky ordeal that takes some consideration and planning. Colorado has many different climates thrown into one beautiful state. Colorado is made up of mountains, foothills, high plains and desert lands, all which are affected differently based on what mountains and valleys surround the area. There are three important things you should know before you begin your Colorado landscaping project. Continue reading 3 Important Things You Should Know Before You Landscape in Colorado
When the weather in Colorado Springs is nice, spending time outdoors might be the only priority on your mind. With an outdoor kitchen, you can take grilling an outdoor meal to the next level with high-quality counter space, storage for your dishes, plumbing and a sink for cleaning, and more. Continue reading Choosing Assets for Your Colorado Outdoor Kitchen
There is nothing quite like Spring in Colorado Springs. Greening grass and budding trees make us anxious to spend more time outdoors. Whether or not you enjoy lawn care, you are sure to love our tips to make Spring and Summer lawn care a breeze. Timberline Landscaping’s lawn care professionals have put their heads together to create this list of tips to prepare your yard for spring to ensure your yard gets a healthy start this year.
Spring Lawn Care 101
Cut back ornamental grasses and Russian sage
These are the two perennial types that we recommend leaving un-cut over Winter months to provide Winter interest in your garden. Now is the time to cut them back so that you do not risk cutting the tips off newly emerging plants. Grasses need to be cut to within 3” or less of the ground. Leaving more than this creates an environment where the center will rot because it holds moisture in the remaining grass stalks. Russian sage should be cut back to 6” to allow for any stems that overwintered to sprout new shoots and leaves, otherwise, if they did not overwinter they will grow from the base of the plant near ground level. Continue reading Preparing Your Yard for Spring
For the students at Falcon High School in Colorado Springs, learning the ins and outs of landscaping and irrigation starts in the classroom. For the past several years, Timberline and the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) have worked with David Kranz, agriculture teacher from Falcon High School, to help formulate the Intro to Landscape and Irrigation course curriculum.
In addition to launching the course, Timberline has also launched six internships to support the program and give the students real-world experiences.
About the Program
The purpose of the Intro to Landscape and Irrigation course curriculum is for students to learn landscape and design skills in the classroom, and then provide the students with real-world experience via internships. David Kranz, the Career and Tech Ed (CTE) instructor who helped launch the initiative along with the ALCC and Timberline at Falcon High School, saw the value in the program from the start. Continue reading Timberline Partners with Local High School to Create Intro to Landscape and Irrigation Curriculum