Did you know that on average it takes 10 inches of snow to equal 1 inch of rain?!
This means that snowfall simply does not provide the water necessary for plant material over the winter months. All plants, newly planted trees and shrubs in particular, run the risk of frost damage or death without winter watering. Keeping the soil moist will keep roots from drying out, which prevents root loss and die back. Days over 40 degrees provide a great opportunity to get out your hose and winter water your grass, trees, and shrubs. Pay special attention to evergreens as they are more susceptible to winter dry-out.
Purchase a Moisture Meter
Moisture meters are available at local garden centers and hardware stores and will help you determine if additional moisture is needed. Consider purchasing one with a 6-12 inch probe as you will want to check moisture at the root level. Continue reading The Importance of Winter Watering
Colorado has many varieties of native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers to offer when considering what types of plants to add to your landscaping. There are several benefits of landscaping with Colorado native plants. Native plants are naturally adapted to their specific Colorado climate, soils and environmental conditions so there is no adjustment period when the plants are installed. Another benefit is that when native plants are sited correctly, they require reduced external inputs such as watering, fertilize and pruning. Using native plants also attracts a wide variety of wildlife to your property.
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July is smart irrigation month and part of being smart with irrigation means reducing water run off from your sprinkler system. One useful method of reducing water run off is called cycle and soak irrigation. This method involves scheduling several shorter watering cycles in the same day, allowing 30 minutes or more in between for the water to soak in. Not only does this method reduce water run-off and conserves water, it also is better for the health of your lawn.
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Plants and trees can make your yard beautiful, but they can also help you add a little privacy to your home. Many homeowners prefer to use shrubs and trees as a privacy fence rather than an actual fence, but there are other great benefits such as:
• Privacy from neighbors/passersby
• Sound barrier
• Snow fence
• Limit your view to hide unappealing objects
Before you start planting for privacy, there are a few things you should consider.
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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!
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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
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
It has been said that flowers not only provide beauty, grace, and fragrance, but can also give our spirits a lift. An annual bed is a fantastic way to boost curb appeal, welcome visitors, provide a burst of color year-round, and to top it off, they are great for pollinators. Ready to add a pop of color at your home or business? Here is our guide to designing and planting an annual flower bed. Continue reading Designing and Planting an Annual Flower Bed
There is a lot to consider when deciding what type of turf grass should be planted in a new landscape in Colorado Springs. Because of the elevation, temperatures, and climate, there are many types of plants and turf grasses that do not grow well in the area, especially on larger landscapes.
At Timberline Landscaping, we recommend cool-season grasses – either Kentucky bluegrass or Tall Fescue, for a Colorado Springs lawn. These two kinds of grass are two of the most popular grasses in the Springs, and for good reason. Both are extremely durable, recover nicely from foot traffic, but also stay green and lush for long periods of time.
While both perform somewhat similarly, there are some differences that could impact the decision-making process. We have compared the two to help you make a decision. Continue reading Colorado Springs Turf Grass Comparisons