Ins and Outs of Pollination with Your Landscaping in Denver
Dev Team October 25, 2017

Looking for a way to enhance your landscape? A great idea this fall is to liven it up by adding pollinators into your outdoor spaces. While many look to bees as being the pollinator, there are many plants and trees that can be incorporated to serve as pollinators for your landscape. Many insects (other than bees) are actually pollinators as well. Learn more about what pollination is, the benefits of plants that pollinate this beautiful Denver landscape, and different pollinating plants and trees that you can add.

What is Pollination?

Pollination is when pollen from a plant or flower is transported from the male part of the plant to the female part. Through this process, plants are able to create seeds, which in turn can be used to make more plants. When it comes to pollinating, there are two different types of plants that have two separate ways of pollination. The first way is through self-pollination, and the second is through cross-pollination. The latter means pollen is transported by weather, bees, or another type of carrier. In either case, once the process is done, seeds are created.  

Benefits of Plants that Pollinate

There are many benefits of having plants or flowers in a landscape or garden that produce long term results. Plants that pollinate also help to provide cleaner air in your environment. They also help to keep a landscape healthy for the soil, water, and other elements surrounding the plant. When there are plants in your landscape, it can produce a higher yield for the other plants in a garden as well. When you have different pollinators in a lawn, make sure you talk to your local arborist and landscaping specialist about what you can use in your garden or landscape to deter pests. Many pesticides are harmful to pollinators and it’s best to properly care for them, so they can care for your landscape! Learn more about the pollination of tree fruits from Colorado State University.

Pollinating Plants and Trees

If you are looking for plants or trees that are good pollinators, there are many options to incorporate in your garden. One of the top types of pollinators are sunflowers. These gorgeous flowers will do wonders to help the soil and environment around your home and help your overall landscape thrive. Another great pollinating flower to add is lavender. They are appealing flowers that will help provide a pleasant fragrance around your home where you have them planted. Yarrows are another colorful addition that provide a bold and unique appearance, all while helping to pollinate the garden and landscaping around your home.

As you plan to make additions to your landscape or garden, American Arbor Care can help. Our team of experts will help you find plants that will pollinate your lawn and create an overall healthier environment. Looking to create a vibrant introduction to fall? Color for your fall landscape in Denver is a great way to spruce up the outside of your home. No matter what your landscaping needs are, we are here to help. Contact us today at 303-639-8584 to get started. Whether your changes are large or small, we will assist with all of your landscape needs.

Fall and Winter Pruning and Tree Trimming in Denver Preparation
Dev Team October 19, 2017

While pruning is important and beneficial, it is important to know when and how much to prune throughout the year. As you mulch and make your final landscaping arrangements for the year, this information can make or break your landscaping for the next season. Learn the benefits of pruning, tips and tricks for tree trimming in Denver, plus additional fall care tips to make sure are on your agenda before winter.

Why and When to Prune

Pruning is essential to the vitality of trees or shrubs. Through this process of cutting off damaged or dying stems or branches, you eliminate the risk of disease and other issues from infiltrating the entire tree. By keeping these parts of the plants removed, the overall health of the plant will be well and you can maintain your investment. Some perennials and other plants struggle with winter and can be prepared by fall pruning. Based upon where trees & shrubs do the majority of their storage, fall and winter prunings will stimulate spring growth.

Pruning and Trimming Tips

Your goal will be to cut off any dead or dying branches, as well as anything that is overgrown. As you prune branches, you want to keep any areas that have leaves off them, and should make cuts at a very slight slant with some space from your cut and the leaf. It is also want to make sure that you are not pruning into the branch collar, the area where the base of a branch joins/connects to another branch or the trunk. When pruning, in addition to cutting dead branches, you can also remove branches from the bottom of the tree or shrub to accommodate your landscaping. You can also thin out your trees and shrubs to help with airflow. For larger jobs with your trees, it is always best to contact an expert to ensure safety and accuracy. Get a full array of information on for training and pruning fruit trees, learn from the Colorado State University.

Additional Fall Care Tips

While you need to keep your pruning to a minimum during the fall, there are other landscaping tasks you need to make sure you handle this fall. First, help your grass and trees have enough nutrients by seeding and fertilizing. With extra seeds and fertilizer, your roots will get what they need to thrive during the winter and be healthy in the spring. Make sure you plan on starting your deep fall fertilization for landscaping in Denver now.

From tree trimming to pruning, American Arbor Care can help your plants and trees last throughout the winter. Our 20 years in the industry will provide you with the expertise to keep your landscaping thriving in the winter and into the spring. We currently offer 10% off winter pruning through March 1. Call us at 303-639-8584 today to get started.

Importance of Watering During a Dry Fall and Assistance from Your Denver Tree Service
Dev Team 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 landscape 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
Dev Team 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.

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