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Denver Landscaping Tips: Turfgrass Usage, Benefits, and Watering


April 26, 2017

Are you looking for ways to quickly change the landscape of your lawn? One of the best ways to accomplish this is with turf grass. Through some simple tasks and maintenance, you can kick start your lawn growth and health quickly. Turfgrass is a great option for landscaping in Colorado. Turfgrass is a grass that thrives in climates between 60 and 80 degrees, making Colorado the perfect atmosphere to grow. Learn about what turf grass is and its benefits, followed by tips for watering from your local tree service company.

What is Turfgrass?

Turfgrass is one of the types of grass that you commonly find in lawns. In fact, turf grass is one of the most popular types of grass found in lawns all across the country. Turfgrass is grown from turf, which is essentially pre-made and can be laid down in a lawn. This expedites the process when it comes to growing grass. This is a quick way to add grass to a lawn. As opposed to having to grow from seeds, it can quickly be laid down in a yard and grown. For a full in depth look into turf grass, check out Penn State’s The Cool-Season Turf Grasses: Basic Structures, Growth and Development.

Benefits of Turfgrass

For those looking to quickly turn around a lawn a change in grass, turfgrass is the way to go. Through this option, you do not have to wait on the grass to grow through seeds. When trying to build a lawn or fix patches, one of the best routes to use is turfgrass. Many times of turfgrass can help to grow and expand grass in an area. To grow, all turfgrass needs is the proper amount of water. Temperature plays an imperative role in the growth of turfgrass. In Colorado, the cool-season grasses are common as climates average in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Tips for Watering

Watering your turfgrass is crucial for growth, color, and health. Just after you plant new turfgrass, you will want to immediately water it. This in an important step in encouraging early grass seed development. When watering, make sure you provide an even amount of water throughout to help encourage growth. It is best to water in the early parts of the morning and the water will absorb better. If watering manually, be cautious to note how the weather factors into your watering. You can also look into investing in a sprinkler system to help automate the watering process.  

If you are looking for a quick solution to add grass to your lawn and make it greener, American Arbor Care can help. Our team of experts can help you find how much turfgrass you need and how much water it requires to grow. If your area is dry, learn some of the ways how to manage dry spells with your Denver landscape. For help with all of your landscaping and tree service needs, contact American Arbor Care in Denver, CO today to get started.
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​Tips from Tree Pros: Insect activity is on its way! Is your landscape ready for insects?


April 19, 2017

Now that spring has arrived, you need to be look out for insect activity in your landscaping. As insects become more prevalent with the warmer weather, you need to keep an eye on your yard but also be proactive to ensure all of your hard work does not get destroyed. Learn what spring insect activity typically happens in spring, warning signs and ways to prepare your landscaping from tree pros.

Spring Insect Activity

As spring comes around, those in Colorado have a few certain types of insects that can affect their lawns. One of the most popular types are mites. These are incredibly small insects that are almost hard to detect by the human eye. Spring is one of the main times of year this insect comes out and they typically spend time throughout the yard and along pathways such as sidewalks or fences. Another common insect that is found in Denver during spring are billbugs. They are small beetles that are black or have a dotted pattern on them with thick legs. They begin their life as grubs which is an opportune time to eliminate them. When it comes to your trees, the Emerald Ash Borer is an insect to watch for. These are small green bugs that are almost grasshopper like with large eyes.

Warning Signs

There are many types of insects that can wreak havoc on your lawn. One of the key things to watch for is discoloration or browning grass. With other insects, you may not notice a discoloration, but grass blades may have pieces bitten off. This is also the same for leaves, and you might notice certain parts of leaves have had bites. Some pests can really cause damage to your lawn and some tend to be more problematic on turf.

Preparing Your Landscape

If your lawn has been damaged by insects, it is important to go into overdrive when it comes to caring for them. Make sure they are getting plenty, but not too much, water. You can also purchase fertilizers to help fill in the patches that are missing. One of the best preventative methods to help avoid pests is to dethatch your lawn. This basically means you can take a rake or object to rake the lawn and take off the top layer. Learn more about types of insects in the Denver area - learn how to identify lawn pests. Next, to be proactive you can spray an insecticide that is safe onto your plants and grass.  

As you work on your spring lawn maintenance and preventative care, American Arbor Care can help with anything you need. Learn about the reasons to apply spring pre-emergent to shrubs and flower beds for Denver landscaping. We have a wide variety of lawn care and fertilization services to help make sure your lawn stays on the top of its game. To get started, give us a call at 303-639-8584 and we will set up a time to discuss your lawn needs.
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​Spring: The Busy Season for Trees and Shrubs, Utilizing a Denver Tree Service


April 12, 2017

One of the best things about spring is to see all the flowers, trees and shrubs blooming. It is an exciting time for homeowners, gardeners and all those who enjoy spending time outside to see the reinvigorated plant life. Learn how to prepare trees and shrubs for blooming, what items are set to bloom and spring care tips from your Denver tree service.

Preparing Trees and Shrubs for Blooming

One of the best things you can do to help your trees and shrubs is to get started early. It is important to take the time to clean up your yard and work on a few things to help promote growth. As warmer weather approaches, take the time to go through your yard and plant beds to remove old twigs, leaves and any other debris. Make sure there is nothing in the way that would hinder water from over or under pooling near your trees and shrubs. Next, take the time to prune your trees and shrubs which will also encourage growth. You can also use a pre-emergent spray to help keep weeds from growing.

Bloom Schedule

Upon handling your spring routine, you will notice your trees and shrubs beginning to bloom in April. While many will begin to bloom in April, do not get discouraged if they do not bloom until May. This is normal. It really depends on when temperatures begin to consistently become warmer. For most, the beginning of May is the most popular time. If your plants, trees and shrubs are not blooming by mid to late May, you can contact your local tree service to make sure there are not any issues.

Spring Tree Care Tips

Overall, caring for your plants each year is the best way to continue annual growth. As you work on the tips above to prepare your trees and shrubs for spring, also don’t forget to fertilize your plant beds. Next, make sure you mulch around your trees. They typically only require a couple inches, no more than four. If you over-much, you run the risk of suffocating your trees. Just add what you need and leave a little room around the trunk of the tree. Combining this with fertilizer will help encourage growth.

To help encourage growth amongst your entire plant beds, be sure to read the reasons to apply spring pre-emergent to shrubs and flower beds for Denver landscaping. As you need help caring for your trees and shrubs this spring, you can count on American Arbor Care. We can help with any of your tree, shrub, lawn or landscaping needs. From deep root fertilizations that will help encourage growth to insect treatments and disease management, we have you covered. We can also help with trunk injections, pneumatic power root excavations and more. If you are unsure if something with your plant is not normal, just let us know and we can assess the situation. To get started, contact American Arbor Care in Denver, CO today.
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​Dangers to Your Lawn and Denver Landscaping


April 5, 2017

Seeding your lawn is something to do to your lawn and landscaping each spring and fall. Fall is typically the time you will add in new seed to your lawn and spring is the time to over-seed. Why? It is crucial to help your grass grow and become healthy after the harsh winter months. Learn how to tackle damage from larva activity and turf diseases as well as reasons to use a pre-emergent for weed protection.

Lawns damaged by larva activity

One of the dangers to be aware of in your yard and landscaping are larva or lawn grubs. After a few years once these insects are fully grown, they turn into the many forms of scarab beetles. In the larva state, these are small insects eat the roots of grass to survive. Even though you can’t easily see them, these insects can do some extensive damage to your lawn as they eat the roots of your grass and plants. They do a lot of their damage in the winter as they dig deeper within the soil—but can damage your yard at any time. Keep an eye out for patches of brown, dead grass. In other areas, the ground may have a squishy feel as you walk across it. You may also notice outside animals damaging your lawn, which is a red flag that they may be in search of larva in the soil. To combat this issue, you can invest in chemicals that won’t hurt your lawn, but will eliminate the problem. Learn more in Better Homes and Gardens Stop Grubs in your Lawn.

Turf diseases

Just as people get sick, so can our turf lawns. Those who do not tend to their lawns and give them proper care are more likely to have their turf fall victim to disease. When this occurs, a variety of issues will become noticeable in your lawn. One of the most common types of turf diseases is necrotic ring spots. It is a fungus that kills grass in ring-like patterns that can make its way through a yard. Snow mold is another disease that can affect lawns, especially post-winter. Grass blades can become damaged if snow falls onto it but the weather is not cold enough where the grass freezes. Therefore, it can develop mold that kills the grass. Learn more about this disease in How to Manage Snow Mold in Denver Lawns. Last, leaf spots, also known as melting-out disease, are another issue to turf. This happens when a fungus sets in and produces brown spots along the grass blades. You can work with your local tree service to find solutions to help bring your diseased turf back to life!

Using a pre-emergent for weed prevention

Spring is also the time to make sure your lawn is protected from weeds. To accomplish this, you will utilize pre-emergents. Pre-emergents are herbicides that help to stop the growth of weeds. By using one of these early, you can get ahead of a problem so weeds never sprout out of the surface.

For all your lawn care needs, American Arbor Care is here to help. From helping your trees bloom this spring to having perfectly green grass, we can give you the assistance needed as we transition into spring. Give us a call at 303-639-8584 today to get started.
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​Reasons to Apply Spring Pre-Emergent to Shrubs and Flower Beds for Denver Landscaping


March 29, 2017

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As you are preparing your Denver landscaping for spring, one of the items you should add to your checklist is to apply a pre-emergent to your shrubs, flower beds and lawn. This will help keep the growth of weeds from popping up as we move into warmer months. Learn about what pre-emergent is, why weeds can be detrimental to your landscaping and how you should apply it to your shrubs, flower beds and lawns.

What is Pre-Emergent?

Weeds in a lawn or landscape may seem inevitable. But with some work, you can combat them. One of the ways to accomplish this is with a pre-emergent. A pre-emergent is a type of herbicide that works against the growth of weeds. A pre-emergent works its way into the soil and stops weeds from growing out of the ground in your flower beds and lawns.

How Weeds are Detrimental to Landscaping

For the overall appearance of your lawn, you have dedicated so much time and effort to it. When weeds come into the picture, it can ruin much of the hard work you have done. While some weeds aren’t the best in appearance, others can actually be detrimental to the shrubs and flowers you have planted. There are a variety of reasons weeds can sprout in your landscaping. For many, putting too much fertilizer in a yard can lead to problems, which is why it is important to go by the instructions or use the guidance of an expert. Also, if a lawn does not get enough water it can create an atmosphere that makes it easy for weeds or crabgrass to grow, instead of beautiful, soft grass.

Applying to Shrubs, Flower Beds and Lawns

When preparing your landscaping and lawn for the spring, you will want to look into applying a pre-emergent in this early part of the season. When applying it properly during this time period, you will be able to hit the weeds just in time before they germinate. When working to add pre-emergents for your shrubs and flower beds, you will want to do the process before mulching. It is important to also remove any loose leaves or twigs from the top of the mulch so the solution is the first thing that comes in contact with the soil. This way, when you put the new mulch on, it will help to soak in the solution.  For lawns, using a pre-emergent will help to reduce or eliminate the growth of crabgrass, which is a weed-form of grass that doesn’t have the same shape as normal grass. Not sure what crabgrass looks like? Learn more about what does crabgrass look like. If you have had this in your yard in the past, early spring is a crucial time to add a pre-emergent.

When it comes to combating weeds, American Arbor Care can help. Our tree and shrub health management services will help you keep your landscaping looking wonderful. With spring arriving, be sure to give us a call and we will assist you with all your landscaping needs. Call us at 303-639-8584 to schedule an appointment.
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