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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.

Tips for Properly Planting Trees from Your Denver Tree Service

May 17, 2017

Spring is one of the best times during the year to work on your garden, especially when it comes to planting trees. As you work on your plans to upgrade your landscaping and are interested in planting trees, this is the perfect time of year. While you work, it is important to make sure you are properly handling the task. Learn why spring is the ideal time to plant, tips to plant trees and best ways to maintain, use these tips from your local Denver tree service.

Why Spring is the Ideal Time

Did you know spring is one of the best times of year to plant trees? When trees are in a state of dormancy, which occurs in the winter, it is a great time to plant them just before the warm weather arrives. Once summer hits, you might be losing money you invested as the heat can hurt the process of the tree growing in its new spot. Plus, when planting in the spring, they have the rest of spring, summer and early fall to grow before harsh winter sets in. While some trees are better to plant in other months, many thrive when being planted in the spring. To learn more about which seasons are best to plant trees, read Garden Myths’ “Best Time to Plant Trees.”

Tips for Planting

When planting trees, make sure you call your local utility company before digging. You want to ensure you do not contact and damage any type of power lines. Once you know you are in the clear, make sure you dig a hole that is medium in width and length. Too shallow or deep can lead to your tree not growing properly. You can use the original area they were buried in as a gauge for how deep to build. Once you have dug your hole and place in your tree in the proper upright position, add the soil around it making sure it does not shift. Once all of the soil is back in place, smaller trees will most likely need a stake. This will help it grow in proper place without movement. After this step, you can mulch around the tree. Make sure to only add a couple inches of mulch to not suffocate the tree. In addition, leave some room around the base of the tree too.  

Maintenance Tips

Ensuring your newly planted tree gets new water is important for its survival. While you want to be cautious to not overwater a tree, young trees typically require more water that older. You will want to water around the base of the tree, and as the tree grows, you will want to provide water in the circumference around the outermost part of the tree. As you water, take it slow and only allow it to get eight to 10 inches of water. Also, it is best to water early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in.

Planting trees can be a tough job. If inexperienced, it can lead to damage or destruction of your trees. Allowing a professional to help can help your trees grow. For an expert you can trust, contact American Arbor Care in Denver,CO. From tree and shrubs to landscaping needs, we have you covered.

Protecting Your Pine and Spruce Trees: Tips from Your Tree Service Company

May 12, 2017

Denver weather continues to change its mind about the season, and in April we experienced a heavy freeze with the sudden snowfall. Many trees were affected by freeze damage, like ash, honey locust, and some oak trees - but not to worry, many trees lost leaves, but they will continue to grow and push new sets of leaves in the coming weeks. It is important to make sure all your trees are in good condition and maintaining proper health, so pay attention to watering during this spring season and make sure all your plant life is fully hydrated. Pests can also have a heavy effect on your trees when not tended to - and at this time, IPS beetles could damage your pine or spruce trees.

Are you making sure your pine and spruce trees are being properly cared for to avoid damage from IPS beetles? These little bugs can do quite a bit of damage and the best thing you can do is to be prepared and take preventative measures. Learn what the IPS beetle is, ways to protect pine and spruce trees with trunk injections and other information about spring deep root fertilization from your local tree service company.

What is the IPS Beetle?

IPS beetles are small black or red/brown insects that are attracted to pine and spruce trees—more specifically, pine and spruce trees that are in failing shape. Because of their activities, they are also known as “engraver beetles.” Trees can become damaged due to poor care or from weather damage that leads to the trees to get into poor shape. IPS beetles thrive on weakening trees. The IPS beetle works its way into the bark of the tree. From there, it digs tunnels within the tree which eventually leads to its demise. You may notice that there is an IPS beetle infestation in your tree by noticing yellow or red dust around your tree. There may be small holes around the tree as well. Woodpeckers are often drawn to the IPS beetle, so if you see more woodpeckers than usual, it may be another sign of an issue.

Protecting Pine and Spruce Trees with Trunk Injections and Sprays

By protecting your pine and spruce trees with sprays or trunk injections, you can help to bring back your trees and avoid attracting IPS beetles. When the trees are ailing, it is important to do everything you can to bring them back to life. Make sure you are watering your trees frequently, at the proper amount. Next, make sure you have the dead or dying branches trimmed. When you use the injection method for pest prevention, you will be covered for an entire season. By using a spray, you can help to combat beetle infestations from becoming a larger issue.

Spring Deep Root Fertilizations

Another way to help your pine and spruce trees this spring is through deep root fertilizations. During this fertilization process, a pipe is placed to around a foot into the ground. Fertilizer is inserted into the pipe and transported through the ground. Deep root fertilization can also be a way to help bring back struggling trees. Ideally, you will want to use an arborist to manage this type of fertilization. They can also assess damage on your tree and make other suggestions to help improve its health.

If you are ready to help improve the health of your pine and spruce trees, American Arbor Care can help. We have a variety of tree and shrub health management services that will get your trees back in shape. This will also help to deter IPS beetles. To get started, give us a call at 303-639-8584.