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Importance of Watering During a Dry Fall and Assistance from Your Denver Tree Service

October 11, 2017

While you might start to mentally check out from your landscaping task list as the cooler months settle in, fall is actually a key time to care for your lawn. This will ensure that it survives the winter and your investment stays intact! Having had a dry season, there are things Denver homeowners will need to do as they prepare their landscaping for the winter. Learn how dry climates affect landscaping for the winter, tips for a fall watering schedule, and when you need to prepare for your sprinkler winterization from your local Denver tree service company.

How Dry Climate Effects Landscaping in the Winter

Did you know that a dry summer and fall can impact your lawn and landscaping for the winter? If your lawn has been brown or struggling without as much water, it is important to give it the TLC it needs before winter sets in. If you don’t, unfortunately this will not mean great things next spring and you will have to make some investments to help bring it back. This is why helping your lawn and landscaping in the fall after the dry climate is key. First, talk to your local arborist on how much water your lawn will need. This will help you avoid over or under watering. Next, fertilize. This is something you would need to do anyway in the fall, but especially now given the circumstances. For more tips and information on how your landscaping can be affected, read Colorado State University’s fall and winter watering guide.

Fall Watering Schedule

When it comes to your fall watering schedule, you will need to continue to water your lawn, landscaping, trees, shrubs, etc., until temperatures are consistently below 40 degrees. After talking to your local arborist on how much water your lawn needs based on how much it has been impacted by the dry weather, make sure you are watering before 10 a.m unless winter temperatures are above 55 degrees. When watering too late in the day, you run the risk of actually hurting and not helping your landscaping as water does not seep into the ground properly. Also, once you near your last few mows of the season, make sure to lower the blades. For more tips on keeping your Denver lawn healthy, use these four fall and winter watering tips.  

Sprinkler Winterization

Fall is also the top time to talk to your local landscaping company on sprinkler winterization. While you need to continue watering your lawn now, you need to plan for the cooler temperatures. If your sprinkler system is not winterized before winter, you run the risk of your pipes freezing and cracking.

From helping you determine how much your water needs, to other ways to prepare your lawn and landscaping for winter, American Arbor Care can help. Our team of experts will review your area to ensure you are prepared for the season! Be sure to check out our American Arbor Care special offers to help you get the most savings. To get started, call us today at 303-639-8584.

Tips for Preparing for Your Holiday Lighting from Tree Pros

October 4, 2017

Fall has arrived! While months away, before you know it, it will be time to put up holiday lighting and decorations. Now is the perfect time to begin to make your plans on how you will arrange your landscaping, lighting, and décor for the holidays. By making plans ahead of time, you will potentially save yourself valued time and money, as well as make the process easier when it is time to get the job done. Learn some new tips and ideas for your holiday lighting and decorations, ways to maintain your energy bills, and when to use assistance from local tree pros.

Tips and Ideas

When adding décor to your home for the holidays, more is not always better?

When cluttering your lawn with decorations and lighting, it can be overwhelming. Instead, look at what you currently have to work with and see how you can enhance them through lighting and décor.

For instance, add extra lighting around entry ways, sidewalks, and bushes. If you have a mailbox along the street, use some natural décor to dress it up, such as evergreens, ribbons and pinecones.

Many of these items you can find at your local home goods store. Or, if you have existing lawn decorations, find ways to add lighting and decorations to play them up. Make sure you to put your own personal spin on it to help your décor reflect your personality for the home’s overall look and feel.

Maintaining Energy Bills

With the holidays can come increased energy bills. This is often due to additional lighting outdoors, but also indoors as well. If you haven’t already, make sure you switch to using LED lighting, as they can use up to 90 percent less electricity.

Inside your home, to help with your heating bill, you can set your home to a lower temperature during the day. Once you are home, you can turn it back up—which will help to cut costs.

As you look for lighting and other decorations that require power, look for the ENERGY STAR label. For more ideas on how to decorate without breaking the bank, review The Balance’s guide on how to save energy during the holidays.

Assistance from Local Landscaping Companies

When putting up your lighting and decorations, safety is the top priority. If you do not feel comfortable or have the proper equipment, you may want to consider getting assistance hanging up your outdoor décor.

For lighting, you can work with an expert that has the tools and equipment to help you arrange your lighting. This will allow you to focus on more important areas and let the experts handing the hard work.

As you make plans for your holiday lighting, American Arbor Care can help with your holiday lighting installation in Denver. From custom designs to taking items down and lighting, we can help you safely and efficiently handle your holiday lighting and décor. We can also help with your year-end landscaping maintenance as well to help your lawn be prepared for spring. Call us today at 303-639-8584 to get started.

Fall Watering and Winterization Tips for your Denver Landscaping for Fall

September 27, 2017

As we transition into the fall months, it is important to change the way you manage your lawn. With the change in seasons comes a different need for the way your lawn is treated. This will help to keep your lawn and landscaping protected throughout the winter and help them thrive come spring. As you prepare your Denver landscaping for fall, be sure to learn about the importance of sprinkler winterization, watering tips, and additional fall maintenance information.

Sprinkler Winterization

While winter may seem far away, fall is the time to make your plans for your landscaping. One of the top things to consider is sprinkler winterization. When you winterize your sprinkler system, this is the process to ensure there is no water left in your irrigation pipes that can freeze over the winter months. Failure to get the water out can lead to pipes cracking and your system breaking. To protect your investment, it is best to winterize your pipes. During this process, an expert will come in and make sure all water is removed from pipes.

Watering Tips

As fall sets in, you will need to make changes to the way you water your landscape. Not only will this help get your landscaping through winter, but also helps to prevent mites that can wreak havoc underground. According to Colorado State University’s fall and winter watering guide, you will need to water your lawn until the temperatures are colder than 40 degrees. Until then, they advise to water your lawn in the middle of the day to allow there to be plenty of time for the ground to absorb the water. Anything later in the day can be problematic. If the area you live in is windy or there are few trees to block sunlight, you may need to water your lawn even more.

Additional Fall Maintenance

Throughout the winter months, if not cared for properly, roots in plants can dry out. By properly watering your lawn and mulching before the winter season kicks in, you can help to ensure your landscaping makes it through the winter. In addition, you will need to continue to mow your lawn and as you near time to put your mower away for the season, make sure you cut the grass extra short. Clean up fallen leaves, repurposing those from healthy trees as mulch and discarding those from diseased trees. Leaf clean up and short grass will help the lawn get more sunlight. Next, talk to your local arborist on how to fertilize your lawn and landscaping. They may suggest anti-desiccant sprays in the winter on evergreens to help prevent excessive moisture loss.

By accomplishing these tasks this fall, you will help to make your landscaping thrive next spring. With as much of an investment this is, you won’t want to waste your own hard-earned money and work you put into your space! Be sure to read about the top five ways to prepare your Denver landscaping this fall. To help you with all of your fall watering and landscaping needs, American Arbor Care can help. Our team of experts will help you with the amount of water you will need and help you create a plan to help your lawn survive the winter. To see how we can help with any tree, shrub, lawn, or landscaping services, contact us today at 303-639-8584.

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.  


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.

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.