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Importance of Mulching Explained by The Arbor Experts

August 16, 2017

When the warm season arrives, many homeowners know the drill: time to mulch! Mulching is an important aspect of landscaping. Not only does it look great, but it helps your trees, shrubs, flowers and more thrive. As you plan to handle some of your outdoor yard work, it’s important to understand the importance of mulch and the role it plays for your yard. Learn about the basics of mulching, ideal times each year to mulch, and dos and don’ts by Denver tree pros.

Basics of Mulching

Mulch is the first level of defense a plant, tree, shrub, etc. has against the elements.  It enhances everything that you do for your trees and shrubs. This is what it needs to get the proper amount of water and let it soak in. In addition, it also helps to keep weeds from sprouting. It allows for protection from compaction, weed eater/mower damage, moisture conservation and consistency, and temperature consistency.

Fewer weeds to pull is a win, right?

Mulch is also great to help your plants maintain the proper temperature. While you have a variety of types of mulch to use, organic ones are the best. This can be tree bark, shredded wood or compost manure. Compost manure should be hand tilled in to a depth of 4-6” and be sure that you are using well aged compost. Using organic mulch and not a synthetic mulch will help provide nutrients to your landscaping. There are also many benefits provided by mulch to the landscape and environment as the mulch breaks down.  Read more about mulches for home grounds.

Ideal Times per Year to Mulch

Late spring and early summer is an ideal time to mulch your landscaping. As you plan on purchasing mulch for the landscaping in your lawn, take into consideration how much you need. Know that you do not need to add a lot of mulch to your shrubs, trees, etc. While mulch plays an important role as a barrier and giver of nutrients, too much of it can suffocate your plants. You only want two to three inches of mulch. And keep in mind the amount of mulch or needle debris that currently exists under your trees.  Do not pack it down either. Three inches is the maximum you should do on your tree, shrub, and perennial beds, which you can discuss with a local arborist to see exactly how much you need. Prior to mulching, make sure you remove any existing mulch. It’s also important to remove any other debris or weeds. From there, you can add on the new layer.

Another reminder when mulching is to leave some room between the mulch and where the trunk or base of a tree of plant starts. Give it one to two inches around the base that’s mulch-free. Prior to mulching, do edge around the area you will be adding in the mulch. This will help reshape the area and will look great!
When it comes to handling mulch for your lawn this season, American Arbor Care has excellent lawn care and fertilization services to help your landscaping flourish. No matter what your needs are, we can help. Give us a call today at 303-639-8584 to get started on ways we can help!

Proper Pruning of Spring Blooming Shrubs from Your Tree Service Company

August 9, 2017

Do you know the proper way to prune your blooming shrubs? What about the exact time of year? Improper care can lead to the downfall of your shrubs. To protect your investment, it is best to make sure you are caring for your plants properly. With just a little bit of work, you can ensure the care of your plants all season long. Learn more about the best times to prune after flowering, tips for pruning, and overall general care tips from your tree service company.

Tips for Pruning

Pruning is a crucial piece of maintaining the overall health of your plants. Pruning is the method of cutting of dead, dying or damaged branches and twigs. This helps to remove any infected parts of a plant. Pruning also helps to keep the overall health of the plant in good shape. Removing old branches also helps infected areas to stay away from healthy ones that could be further damaged. When pruning, you can cut of the tips off branches. Not much needs to be cut, just the edges. You can also thin out and trim them back to the branches.Pruning also stimulates growth and flowering. For an in depth look at the advantages of pruning, read what CSU has to say about pruning shrubs.

Best Times to Prune After Flowering

The late winter and early spring is the ideal time for you or a local arborist to handle your pruning. However, you should always monitor the health of your plants and shrubs and prune as you find dead or dying areas. When handling pruning in the summer, it is your primary key to monitor plants for damage and trim and remove them as needed. You will need to keep an eye on how much you are trimming as trimming too much can stunt re-growth for the remainder of the year. However, in most cases, it will re-grow the next season.Spring blooming shrubs are best pruned right after flowering has finished.  Summer blooming shrubs are best trimmed in the spring.  Green foliage shrubs are best trimmed in the late summer to early fall.

General Care Tips

Summer is one of the prime seasons to monitor and care for your plants. First, if you have not already mulched, make sure you remove old mulch and add new mulch. You only need one to three inches and refrain from adding mulch all the way up the bark or trunk of the plant. You should also monitor the amount of water that your shrubs are getting. When watering, aim to water before 10 a.m. once or twice a week.  
Are you looking for help with your pruning, tree removal and stump grinding? American Arbor Care can help. Whether you need assistance with your pruning or maintaining your landscaping, utilizing the help of an expert is a great way to maintain your investment. Not sure about pruning? Make sure to check out the Denver tree pros debunk the most common tree pruning and trimming myths. To see how we can help you with your landscaping and pruning needs, call us at 303-639-8584. 

Your Summer Seasonal Checklist for Your Lawn and Tree Landscaping in Denver

July 12, 2017

Summer is an exciting time! Now that this season has kicked off, it is important that you work through your summer seasonal checklist. By just a little bit of effort, you can make a difference to be one of the best houses on your block. This will also ensure your landscaping in Denver stays in tip-top shape. Learn more about tips to water your lawn, trees and flowers, mowing and trimming, and safety tips while working. 

Tips to Watering Your Lawn, Trees and Flowers

When it comes to watering your lawn, trees, plants, shrubs and flowers, it is important to make sure they get enough water—but not too much. Too much water will hurt your plants. Kentucky blue grass is a cool season grass and does need 2-3” of precipitation a week.  It is not uncommon for Kentucky blue grass to be stressed during the peak heat of the season. This includes any rain, so you will need to plan your watering accordingly. Utilizing an irrigation system will also help to not over or under water. For the best time to water your lawn and plants, early in the morning should be your goal. When watering plants, make sure the water hits the bottom of the plant and not the leaves. If you find that you are struggling with keeping your lawn, plants to trees healthy, work with a local landscaping company and arborist. For more advice on watering an general lawn care, see what CSU has to say.

Mowing and Trimming

Do you know your turf? Denver Water explains there are seven common types of turf. Depending on your type, you will need to treat and mow accordingly. If you have one of the types of cool season grasses, they may not grow as well in the warmer climate. This is something to keep in mind if you notice your grass is not growing, browns or does not grow as well. You can work with a local landscaper or arborist to find solutions to best help your grass in the heat. For healthy, growing grass, you should avoid cutting your grass too short. This can make it more difficult for long term growth. For your mower, make sure the blades are always sharp.  For your plants, you need to make sure to trim off any dead or dying branches.

Safety Tips

During your summer seasonal landscaping care, safety should be a top priority. When trimming, it is important to wear protective gloves to avoid cuts and slices from shears. When mowing and cutting, particles can fly into your face. One of the best ways to protect yourself is by wearing safety glasses. For loud work, you can invest in ear plugs or other protection to avoid the effects of loud noises.
In addition to handling your checklist for your summer lawn maintenance, be sure to review the four threats to your lawn’s health this summer in Denver. For help with your trees and landscaping, contact American Arbor Care in Denver, CO for help. We have a variety of professional tree, shrub and landscape maintenance services including pruning, removal, disease management, tree planting, fertilization and more. 

Colorful Blooms that Flourish in Your Denver Landscaping

July 6, 2017

One of the best things about spring and summer are the beautiful flowers that bloom! It’s an exciting time of year and the perfect time to enhance the curb appeal from the front of your home. Plus, if you do not have a green thumb, that will not stop you from having a gorgeous landscape, either. Learn about the types of colorful flowers that you can incorporate into your Denver landscaping, shrubs and trees to plant and the benefits of hiring an arborist to help you create your beautiful landscape.

Colorful Flowers

There is a plethora of colorful flowers to plant to brighten up your yard that can be planted in the late spring and early summer. Be aware of which flowers will thrive in the sun (sun perennials) and which will thrive in the shade (shade perennials). There are also perennials that fall somewhere in the middle, preffering some shade and some sun. While you can find a full list and pictures in the no-fail perennials of the Mountain West from Better Homes and Gardens, here are a few highlights. First, if you are a fan of purple, there are quite a few options. The Rocky Mountain Columbine has blue and purple outer petals with a small white inner area. These can grow up to two feet. Another great purple/bue flower is the Blue Mist Spirea. These beautiful flowers are very low maintenance while also making for great butterfly attractions. Looking for a classic look? Try the daisy. Its white petals pair well with virtually everything else you have in your garden. You should also consider mixing textures and colors for a more complete look. Talk to your arborist about reccomendations.

Shrubs and Trees

Another great way to liven up your yard is with shrubs and trees. The Japanese Tree Lilac is a small tree that can be placed towards the front or the middle of a yard. It is simple enough to be able to plant other flowers and shrubs around it. It can grow to be up to 20 feet tall and has white flowers that bloom all around it in the late spring. The Japanese Maple is another great option that will add a great pop of color. It only grows to be about eight feet in height and has thin, red leaves. It also grows in unique shapes that will set your house apart from the others on the block. For shrubs, consider an Apache Plume. The can grow out four feet and have a variety of little white flowers. They bloom from the end of spring through the middle of fall allowing you to have a beautiful shrub to highlight your home throughout the warmer months.

Benefits of Hiring an Arborist to handle Landscaping

Hiring an expert to help you create your perfect landscaping outside of your home is an investment worth making. That said, working with a professional ensures your plants are planted with the proper nutrition and watering requirements. They will also work with you on care tips so you know the exact needs of your newly planted flowers, shrubs or trees.
To create the perfect landscape for your yard, American Arbor Care has you covered. Learn more about our Denver landscaping tips for turfgrass usage, benefits and watering. To get started on finding the best options for your home, call us at 303-639-8584.

Aphid, Mite and Other Treatments from Your Tree Service in Denver

June 7, 2017

Now that spring is in full swing, caring for your landscaping is a top priority. With the warmer weather and nicer days (minus the exception of those last few snow storms trying to hang on from the winter), it is a great time to work on making sure your plants, shrubs and more are at their best. May is the ideal time to start treating your landscaping with aphid and mite treatments. In addition, it is also the time to use elm leaf beetle, elm leaf weevil and elm leaf minor treatments as well. Learn more about aphid and mite damage and treatments and other landscaping tips to prepare you this spring.

Aphid/Mite Damage and Treatments

Aphids and mites are common pests that can create wilting plants in your yard. While they are very host specific, there are over 200 species in Colorado alone. In some cases, it can make it hard for newer plants to grow. They typically will suck out all of the nutrients by feeding on the leaves and sucking the sap out for themselves. They are small, shaped like a pair and are typically yellow, green, black, white or orange. While aphids can be seen, mites are much harder to see because of their small size. They typically feed on plants and in some cases, animals and people. The best way to keep aphids from destroying your plants is to take on preventative measures. You can spray treatments on your lawn and landscaping this spring to avoid an infestation. Be cautious to look out for the warning signs to make sure your plants are not damaged by aphids. Learn more about how to identify and get rid of aphids.

Elm Leaf Beetle, Weevil and Leaf Treatments

Elm leaf beetles are long in shape, have wings and are yellow in color. When elm trees have leaves that turn brown, or are losing leaves before the normal season, it is a sign that there is potentially an elm leaf beetle problem. Often times, elm insects and their feeding are the culprit of premature leaf drop. Elm leaf weevils are different than beetles. Smaller in size, these pests typically eat holes in leaves right around spring. In addition they lay eggs that hatch in the fall, leading to further damage. By spraying and treating your plants now, you can prevent damage.

Other Landscaping Tips

As spring has arrived, make sure you take time to care for your landscaping. Remove old mulch and re-mulch one to three inches around your plants. Make sure you leave space around the base of the plant so mulch is not right up against it or packed down tightly. Make sure you work with a local landscaping company and arborist on pre-treating your lawn and plant beds to avoid insects like aphids, mites and elm leaf pests.
For help caring for your plants, landscaping and trees, American Arbor Care has you covered. As you plan to enhance your landscaping, read more about spring tree fertilizations and insect treatments via soil injection for your Denver landscaping. Now is the best time to treat your plants, shrubs and trees to keep them in the best condition for spring. To see how we can help you, contact American Arbor Care in Denver, CO today.