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Starting Your Deep Fall Fertilization for Landscaping in Denver


September 20, 2017

With fall setting in, now is the time to begin preparing your landscape for fall to help keep your plants, trees, flowers, and lawn healthy over the winter months. By taking the time to prepare your landscaping now, you can rest assured this winter knowing you did everything you could to protect the investment that you put into the outside of your home. Learn more about your next steps for fall fertilization, changes you will need to make to your watering schedule and mowing, and mulching tips to help you prepare your landscaping in Denver.

Fall Fertilization

Fall is a crucial time to fertilize your lawn and landscape plants to help them stay healthy and come back in the spring, after the long, cold winter. Make plans to fertilize at the end of September or early October to help your landscaping recover from any issues it had over the warmer summer months. You can also look into nitrogen treatments that can be injected into your soil for trees and shrubs. When fertilizing and nitrogen treating your soil, make sure you have mowed the lawn, and cleaned up the area by removing any loose leaves, sticks, and more. Learn more about fertilizing cool season grasses and grass from Colorado State University. Fall nitrogen applications to lawn areas assists the grass with nutrient storage over the winter.

Changes to Watering and Mowing

As fall sets in, make arrangements to have your sprinkler system winterized if you have a system. This will help to eliminate all water in the system so your pipes to do crack. This will be one of the last things you do this fall though, as your lawn will still need watered before winter. You can begin to scale back on the amount you water, and make sure you water in the morning before 10 a.m. The later in the day you water, it will not soak into the soil as well and if sitting near the surface and stick to grass blades which can cause damage down the road. As you plan to wrap up your mowing, you will need to mow your grass until temperatures are consistently under 40 to 50 degrees. In your last couple mows for the year, make your mower trim the grass to be shorter.  

Mulch

When doing fall leaf cleanup, throw away leaves from trees that are diseased and repurpose leaves from trees that are healthy. In addition to fertilizing your lawn before winter, you will also need to mulch. This will also help to keep your landscaping healthy throughout the winter. Before you mulch, make sure to remove the old mulch and any debris in the area. Also, be sure to pull any weeds. When choosing a mulch, make sure you choose an organic mulch that will help provide nutrients to your soil. You can also learn tips from your Denver tree service to prevent fall pests as you finalizing your landscaping for the year.

To help with all of your fall landscaping needs, American Arbor Care will help. Our certified, professional arborists will help you with fertilize your lawn and landscaping to help you have healthy plants and trees next spring. Contact us today at 303-639-8584 to get started with your fall landscaping plans.
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Your Guide to Selection, Placement and Tree Trimming in Denver


September 13, 2017

When it comes to the trees in your yard, how much do you know about what is best for your landscaping? It all can depend on what you would like the overall look to be in your landscaping and how much time you will have to care for. As you get started, there are a few key things to know before you purchase trees. Learn about tree selection for your landscaping, planting and placement tips, and tree trimming in Denver.

Tree Selection

Choosing the right tree for your landscaping is important. Why? Once it grows, you need to make sure the area is capable to handle the tree once it has reached full maturity. You also have to consider what is in your neighborhood, and if you are a part of a homeowner’s association, that you have the ability to plant new trees. You also need to purchase trees that are sustainable. For Denver, fruit trees and evergreens are some of the best trees to plant. They are compatible with the climate and changes in the area. In addition, pine, spruce, maple and oak are some of the best for the Colorado weather and climate. It is best to talk to a local arborist to evaluate your soil and area to help you choose the best trees that will thrive in your yard.  Check with your individual city for code allowances.

Planting and Placement Tips

If you are in the market to purchase new trees, you are in luck on timing. According to Colorado State University’s recommended trees for Colorado Front Range communities, the ideal times to plant trees are from September 1 to October 15 or March 15 through June 15. They also advise to plant a tree at the top of the root ball just above the ground level and set the root ball on solid ground. They also do not recommend fertilization when planting a new tree. In addition, when planting trees, take into consideration how tall the tree will grow and will anything be in the way? How wide will it be and will it fit in the space when fully mature? Also, if you are putting the tree near walkways, will there be leaves or fruit that will fall and create issues on walkways? You will need to consider that before choosing a tree. We do recommend adding a root stimulant when planting.

Tree Trimming

Keeping trees trimmed at certain times of year are important to your tree’s overall health and growth. Through the process of removing dying or dead branches, you will help to protect your tree from damage that may further damage the tree. When you trim the tree, you will help to reduce any decay due to disease. As you learn more about caring for your trees, read how the Denver tree pros debunk the most common tree pruning and trimming myths.
As you gear up to plant more trees in your lawn, American Arbor Care will help you every step of the way. From plants and shrubs, to trees, we will help you identify the ideal trees compatible with your lawn, the best places to plant them and how to care for them. To get started, call us at 303-639-8584.
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Top 5 Ways to Prepare Your Denver Landscaping this Fall


September 7, 2017

Can you believe summer will be coming to a close soon? Fall will set in on Friday, September 22, 2017. With a new season means routine maintenance for your lawn and landscaping. In fact, it is crucial that you take all the appropriate steps during the fall to ensure your landscaping survives and thrives after winter. From fertilizing, mulching, and pest/weed prevention, and when to call the expert, use these top five tips to prepare your Denver landscaping this fall.

Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize

Fall is the prime time for deep root fertilization. During deep root fertilization, your plants and trees will have a nutrient solution injected into their root zone along with a drink of water. This is beneficial during the winter as opposed to just fertilizing on the surface. Early fall is the best time to have your local arborist handle this for you. Through this, you will help to improve microbial activity, oxygen, nutrient levels in the winter, and drought and storm resistance.

Mulch

To help maintain your plants’ gorgeous appearance, make a note to mulch this fall. By mulching in the fall, you will help to keep away any weeds that will infiltrate your landscaping in the winter and become pesky in the spring. Mulch also assists in regulating soil temperature and reduces the heaving of soil during periods of freezing and thawing. Make sure when mulching that you are using an organic type of mulch as it breaks down to provide additional nutrients. Be sure to review what CSU has to say about the benefits of organic mulches for more information. If you are unsure of what is best and want to protect your plants and trees over the winter, contact a landscaping specialist.

Pest and Weed Prevention

Fall is a crucial time to handle pest and weed prevention. It is important to not encourage growth or damage by being proactive. The more weeds you can pull now, the less trouble you will have with them next year. You will want to make sure to be watering early in the morning as winter approaches. While you will need to water less in the winter, make sure that you are taking advantage of warmer days to hydrate the soil. You will also want to make sure you deter unwanted pests from your landscaping, too. Raking leaves in a timely manner will go a long way. At the first sign of any problems, reach out to your local landscaping company for help.

Call in the Experts

If you are interested in planting a tree this fall, please schedule an appointment with one of our certified arborist to assist you with your tree selection. At any point this fall, you may run into some issues with your plants. Given how critical the timing is to get right, it is important to ask for help when you need it. You can even reach out when you are not sure. This is ideal to keep in mind so you do not lose the investment you made on your plants, shrubs, and trees.

For help with all of your fall landscaping needs, American Arbor Care is here to help. With over 20 years of experience, you can count on our expertise to help your lawn survive the winter and thrive next spring. To get started, call us at 303-639-8584.
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Proper Watering Schedule for Your Lawn and Denver Landscaping


August 30, 2017

Can you believe we are in the middle of summer? Have you taken a look at your lawn to see how it’s performing? Now is a great time to assess your lawn and any landscaping changes you need to make before fall hits. One of the most common issues homeowners have with their landscaping is issues with watering. This is why it is important to stick with a watering schedule and learn watering tips so you do not over or under water your lawn. Learn more about tips for watering your lawn, signs that you are using too much or too little water, and reasons to use a Denver landscaping company to enhance your lawn.

Tips for Watering Your Lawn

Watering your lawn is extremely important to keep it healthy and green.

The best time to water your lawn in the mornings is no later than 10 a.m. because the water has the most time to soak up in the grass. When done later in the day or in the evening, it does not soak up as well and can often create the growth of fungus.

When it comes to the amount of water, you do not want to use too much or too little. Typically, you can water your grass a couple times a week to give it about one to one and a half inches of water.

It is also necessary to factor in rainwater totals. You will want to monitor using the signs below to see if you are watering too much or too little and modify your amount accordingly. If your lawn is primarily in the shade, you can actually water it even less, which should also help you to save on your water bill. For more information learn tips for watering your lawn the right way.

Signs of Overwatering

When it comes to finding the right amount of water for your lawn, it is crucial that you know the signs of over and under watering. If you give your lawn too much water, you will notice the overall feel of the grass and soil under will be squishy.

In addition, you may notice fungus growing because of the excess moisture on the grass blades. Over watering also promotes the growth of weeds and will bring in additional unwanted insects.

Signs of Underwatering

Signs that you are not giving your lawn enough water is a little easier to see. You will notice brown and yellow patches within your yard with grass blades that are brown and dying. Learn more about signs your lawn is not getting enough water by reading more about dry patches in your mid-summer Denver landscaping.

Using a Landscaping Service

As you work to make your lawn and landscaping the best it can be, consider using a local arborist to help. When taking advantage of their services, you can be sure that your lawn is getting enough water, and has a boost of curb appeal. (This also increases the overall value of your home—bonus!) If your lawn is struggling, fall is another great time to lay down sod. This is something your arborist and landscaper can review with you.

To help you with all of your landscaping needs, American Arbor Care is here to help. With over 20 years of experience, we will ensure your lawn and trees are in their best shape. See the latest American Arbor Care special offers and call us today at 303-639-8584 to see how we can help you.
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Best Tools to Buy for Your Landscaping in Denver and When to use Professionals


August 23, 2017

As you work on your landscaping this summer, do you have all the tools you need? One of the best ways to ensure you are effectively and efficiently maintaining your yard, landscaping and plant beds is to have the right tools. This will make it easier to get the work done and is better for your lawn and plants. In addition, you will also be able to get a great return on your investment as these tools will help you maintain your landscaping in Denver for many years to come. From digging and transport items, to cutting, trimming and pruning, it is best to learn what you can do on your own and when to call the professionals. 

Digging and Transport

When digging into the ground, it is crucial to have the right tool for the job. For digging into untouched ground, make sure you have a shovel that is rounded with a point at the top. This allows for easy digging in the ground and lifting out of any dirt. If you have any trenches, you can invest in a trench shovel that is long and narrow. This unique shape is perfect for the task. There are also many instances where you will need to transport what you dig, such as dirt or mulch, so make sure you have invested in a reliable wheelbarrow.

Cutting, Trimming and Pruning

Trimming and pruning your landscape is important. This is why it is crucial to have a great pair of shears. While small, they can do great work for your plants and flowers. For pruning, you can also invest in pruners. These are more heavy duty than shears and can handle trimming off the larger part of plans. It is also important to have a lopper on-hand. While you may not need it every time you work in your landscape, it is helpful to have when you need something that will help to do major cutting in your landscape. For more tools, review Bob Vila’s 8 top tools for taming your landscape.

When to Call Professionals

When you work through your landscaping this summer and fall, it is important to know when to call in the professionals. When it comes to lawn care and fertilization services, if your lawn in struggling, July is too hot of a month to fertilize your grass. This is when a REVIVE application can help. Your local arborist and landscaping company can handle this to help with the breakdown of heavy clay soils and water penetration to the root system of grass plants. Next, if you have dying trees, it is important to call in experts. They can do trunk injections or provide disease management services to save your trees and extend their life. However, if you do need a tree or shrub removed, an arborist is the best option to use to safely remote it.
 
No matter what your landscaping needs are, American Arbor Care can help. As a team you can trust, we can help you with all of your questions and provide services to keep your landscaping in premier shape. Call us today at 303-639-8584 to see how we can help you.
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