Posted by Admin on 22. June 2009 22:26
Lawn Maintenance Services In Fort Collins:
Scheduling regular maintenance to enhance the continued beauty of your Fort Collins landscaped yard can be a very beneficial habit when caring for your landscaping.
Implementing the appropriate practices such as: pruning, weeding, mulching, fertilization and special attention to your irrigation system can save the consumer time and money in the long run.
It is recommended to have regular lawn mowing and trimming done on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule, depending on the season and the rate of growth in your existing landscape. Always keep leaves, grass, trimmings and other waste clear from the sidewalks that are abutting your home, as they will wash up and pollute some of the fine edging in your yard.
Weeding and cleaning up the dead plant and bush matter from plants and bushes that are struggling, can help the growth of your new plants and eliminate the competition between the two for water and nutrition feeding. Always gather and discard debris and litter from your gardening and weeding procedures, when left behind they can go to seeding your yard, and make more of a problem for you in the end.
Aerating in the spring and fall seasons, will help your turf eliminate and rid the soil of compaction and improve its ability to soak up air, moisture and needed nutrients well needed in your now new and well adjusted yard.
Following these tips can be useful and beneficial with your new Fort Collins Maintenance program. Just a few steps and you will see big improvements as soon as you begin, with a healthier and more vibrant yard to live and play in.
Posted by Admin on 15. June 2009 21:53
THE BENEFITS OF PONDS, FOUNTAINS & WATERFALLS:
If you enjoy the better things in life or you enjoy entertaining you may be interested in various types of water features for your yard. Any water feature, no matter what size needed, can be pretty enjoyable! A unique or simple design can add a beautiful atmosphere to any yard and make it more interesting and pleasing to the eye. So, be sure to have your Fort Collins Landscape Designer discuss what options are available to you.
Remember, one of the best things about water features are that they bring sound and movement into your once quiet landscaped space, by letting a tranquil essence of running or falling water surround you. Simply put the sound of water creates a very relaxing environment. Ponds, fountains, and water features also add a dramatic sense of nature to almost any yard.
If you are interested in a water feature please contact us, so one of our Fort Collins Water Feature Experts can assist you in choosing what type of natural products would look the nicest in your yard. Did you know new efforts are being made daily to create and design solar powered pumps and irrigation system components which assist in running water features. This is a benefit to the environment and your wallet at the same time.
The results of any pond, fountain, or waterfall addition to your yard will certainly enhance the peace and serenity you are trying to achieve.
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Posted by Admin on 9. June 2009 21:49
Overseeding Your Lawn:
We all know that no one has the perfect lawn. If your lawn is in fair shape with only a few bare spots and has a thinning appearance, there are a few simple measures you can take to repair your lawn. Sometimes the best way to begin is to tackle and troubleshoot the problem before beginning. This is done with investigating why your lawn is thinning and has patches with no grass in some areas.
Lawn Maintenance Services in Fort Collins advise this investigation first and foremost. These troubled areas can come from obvious reasons and can be avoided in the future when caring for your lawn. Such as: Your family pet leaving a calling card. The soil may not drain well in that particular spot of the yard. You also could be experiencing an area that has too much shade on it, and might want to make a change to install plants and or shrubs in this area.
First go over your lawn raking it gently lifting the grass a bit. Next, apply a thin layer of top soil to the affected areas, and then follow-up by spreading a layer of grass seed over each location (follow manufactures recommendations on applying seed and then apply some straw or hay to hold the fresh seed down). Now here is the easy part! Feed your lawn and make sure to water the affected area properly. Be habitual and routinely use this treatment and the affected areas will respond nicely.
Once your new turf is established and blends with the rest of the lawn finish up with fertilizing the area well. Giving grass the nutrients it needs helps it grow thick and full. Deep watering once a week (or more when it's really hot) allows for deeper root growth establishment which conserves water in the long run.
Posted by Admin on 5. June 2009 03:07
PRUNING SHRUBS AND BUSHES:
Want to rejuvenate your yard, pruning is a good way to spruce things up, and it doesn’t take long to see the results.
Before you begin with the urge to start hacking away with the overgrowth in your bushes, you should get familiar with some of the basic information on pruning shrubs.
Always start by pruning away any dead or damaged limbs and branches with a pruning shear, or a saw.
Please make sure your tools are properly sharpened, in order to leave a clear cut with no ragged edges.
When pruning tree branches you should prune above what is known as the “branch collar,” the tissue at the junctions of a branch and the main trunk. Do not cut the bumpy area as this is rich in plant cells that nourish your shrubs and bushes. Leave the collar intact and you have a good chance for recovery after your pruning. Always, make sure to cut at a 45 degree angle, because rainwater will slide off a slanted cut bush.
When pruning bushes or shrubs if you want a natural look, use the pattern called “heading back.” Look at the bush and locate the tallest branch. Using your eyes and hand, follow the main branch until it meets a lower side branch that point upwards. You can cut the main branch just above the smaller one. Repeat this process with all the main branches, then, walk away and take a look at your bushes and shrubs in order to see your results. Prune slightly lower down than you feel really comfortable with; remember, new growth will add additional height over the next six months.
Posted by Admin on 5. June 2009 02:39
Planting flower gardens and flowerbeds:
You should always plant your flowers so they blend with the existing landscape features in your yard. Size and proportion of your garden should always be thought out first hand before beginning. The overall space you need should not be so small where the color and the beauty of your flowers are lost in the smaller features of your yard.
Here are some advantages of properly placed flower beds:
- Flower-beds provide a focal point that can add curb appeal
- Flower-beds bring fragrance and beauty to a seating area
- Flower-beds can dress up a blank garage wall
- Flower beds look beautiful around a flag pole or bird feeder or mailbox
- Flower-beds replace a hard-to-mow or failing lawn area