Fall Watering and Winterization Tips for your Denver Landscaping for Fall
Dev Team 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
Dev Team 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.

Your Guide to Selection, Placement and Tree Trimming in Denver
Dev Team 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.

Top 5 Ways to Prepare Your Denver Landscaping this Fall
Dev Team 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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