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.
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
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
Spring, it’s that first breath of life in Colorado after a long, cold winter. Trees, shrubs, and perennials begin to bud, bringing with them a plethora of beautiful spring flowers. Here is what our talented landscape designers recommend planting for spring color in Colorado Springs.
What are pollinators?
A pollinator is any animal that causes a plant to make fruit or seeds. The animal spreads pollen to different parts of the flower, which fertilizes the plant. Once the plant is fertilized, it is able to make more fruits and seeds, making them able to reproduce. Honey bees are the most common pollinator; however, there are many different kinds of pollinators. Bees, butterflies, beetles, wasps, flies, some birds, and some bats are all pollinators. Continue reading How to Plant for Pollinators in Colorado
While pesticides and other chemicals may do a fantastic job of controlling unwanted pests in the landscape, they are not for everyone. If you want to attract butterflies, grow an organic veggie garden, or simply live chemical free, these are some tips to keep garden pests under control the natural way.
Encourage Useful Bugs
These bugs, often called “Beneficial’s”, eat aphids, mites, and other damaging insects. Avoid insecticides as these can harm your helpers.
Green Lacewing larvae and ladybugs are fantastic for getting an aphid problem under control. Ladybugs are particularly wonderful because they devour aphids, scale insects, and mites while in both the larvae and adult stage of life. They eat bugs and pollen so it’s important to plant a variety of plants they care for. This includes:
Bambi. He’s so majestic, and part of the joy of living and gardening in Colorado Springs is watching the deer walk through your yard on a peaceful morning. That is, until Bambi gets hungry and devours your plants! Deer are not picky eaters and with a population of 445,000 in Colorado it’s a problem many a local plant lover will run into. Annuals, perennials, and even bulbs are fair game for a snack, but by choosing deer resistant plant materials and spraying safe deer repellants you can enjoy seeing the deer in your yard without feeding the neighborhood herd.
Planting flowers wisely can ensure your garden is full of color all year long. Some bulbs need to be planted ahead of time in order to bloom in the correct season, so planning your garden is essential. We’ve also included some ideas to keep your garden colorful in the freezing months without floral blooms.
During the spring months, focus on cold-hearty flowers which stand a better chance of surviving any late freezes. Think Easter colors with beautiful pinks, purples, and whites. Bulbs planted last year should pop back up this time of year as well.
- Tulips (planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
- Iris (planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
- Daffodil (planted in Fall to bloom in Spring)
- Hyacinth (bulb)
- Decorative Kale
Our plant experts and lawn care professionals put their heads together to create a 365 day landscaping timeline for Colorado residents. As always, Timberline Landscaping is available to help you make your landscape healthy year round. Continue reading Colorado Landscaping Timeline