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Choosing the Right Size Tree for Your Colorado Springs Landscape

Choosing the Right Size Tree for Your Colorado Springs Landscape

There are so many choices when it comes to selecting a tree for your landscape. You want something that is going to be beautiful, hardy in the Colorado climate, and last a long time.

But, one of the most important things is making sure your tree has the space to grow. When a tree is planted too close to structures or the tree does not have the space to grow to its mature size, it can harm the tree. Planting in an area that is too small stunts tree growth and can even decrease the number of years the tree will live. Trees that are stunted may be less hardy and even attract harmful insects and diseases.

This is why it is important to plan for the future of the tree and consider the mature tree’s dimensions. Height is how tall the tree is likely to grow and spread is the width.

Below, our tree experts have included the large trees that many people know of and the substitutes that may be better suited to the size of your property. The tree categories we discuss are:

  • Evergreen trees and substitutes
  • Deciduous trees and substitutes
  • Ornamental trees great for small to medium spaces

Choosing the right size tree for your Colorado Springs landscape:

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Your Colorado Fragrance Garden Guide_ Must-Have Plants

Your Colorado Fragrance Garden Guide: Must-Have Plants

There’s nothing quite like walking outside in early spring and breathing in the smell of fresh flowers. Your fragrant garden will attract pollinators and make your yard more enjoyable to spend time in.

Many of the scented flowers will be in bloom from spring to fall depending on the variety. We collaborated with Heidrich’s Colorado Tree Farm to create this list of must-haves for your fragrance garden in Colorado.

Before you get started, Heidrich’s recommends this tip for planting your fragrance garden: “Place the garden in a location that you will get the most out of it and where you and your guests will walk past it or by a window that you will have open. Make sure to consider the amount of sun the locations gets as you will get better bloom production with full sun exposure. Be sure to place plants together by their water needs as well. This will ensure that one is not drowning or staying too dry in the area. Deadheading, by cutting off the old blooms, will ensure more bloom production as well.”

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4 Steps to a Functional and Aesthetically Pleasing Veggie Garden

Compared to the beauty of flower gardens, vegetable gardens get a bad rep. Vegetable gardens provide so many benefits, from the delicious veggies they produce that will cut your grocery costs, to the control you have in selecting seeds, and even the health benefits of reducing stress and providing fresh air. The problem is, traditional veggie gardens are not aesthetically pleasing, but you can have the best of both worlds. Here are 4 steps to a functional and aesthetically pleasing veggie garden:

  • Garden Structure and Layout
  • Plant Selection: Think Color and Growing Season
  • The Fun Part: Plant Layout
  • Aesthetic Bonus Points

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Growing an Edible Garden in Colorado

Growing an Edible Garden in Colorado

Growing an edible garden in Colorado can be more than a fun backyard project. When done right, your edible garden will provide you control over what chemicals and pesticides touch your foods, and can promote a healthy, organic diet.  It can also save you money on groceries and can serve as a great educational piece for children.

What edible garden areas you’ll learn about:

  • Fruit bushes and trees
  • Vegetables
  • Herbs

As well as how to:

  • Encourage pollinators
  • Protect your garden from pests

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Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants

Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants

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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Planting for Privacy

Planting for Privacy

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
• Windbreak
• 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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Colorado’s Native Pollinators

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

3 Important Things You Should Know Before You Landscape in Colorado

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