Spring showers and warmer temperatures are just around the corner, which means it is time to gear up and get your outdoor areas ready for anything. Lawn and garden care is all about timing, so here are some common tips and tricks to keep your lawn and garden looking great.
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Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors. Allergens, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants travel throughout our inside space’s air on any given day. In the late 1980’s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied using houseplants to purify the air of space facilities. They discovered that several houseplants can significantly help improve the quality of the air, and lucky for us- help clean indoor air on Earth, too!
Here are some common, low maintenance house plants to help spruce up your spaces while purifying your air.
Daylilies have been a staple in gardens across the Front Range for many years. These perennials are easy to grow, very adaptable to different conditions and are widely available in many different shapes, colors and sizes. Some daylilies are repeat bloomers, putting out new flowers all summer long, while other bloom for a relatively short 2-3 week period each year. Right now is a great time to come to the nursery and shop for daylilies while they are in bloom!
You can feel the days warming and getting longer, so it is time to plant away. We wanted to give you a few spring care tips for our area:
Black Spot on Aspen: If you have had black spot problems on aspen you should try to spray the tree with a fungicide. One spraying now will keep you from having those ugly leaves in July.
This past Sunday marked the begining of spring, even though it sure has seemed like it was already here for most of February. It certainly is starting to feel like spring here around the nursery as more plant material is arriving every day. While much of our material is still coming in, right now we have our full selection of spring bulbs, onion sets, and seed potatoes. Now is a great time to get these things planted. This year we are carrying the following varieties of onions and potatoes (while supplies last):
Sometimes on the Front Range we struggle with figuring out a plant palette that can survive our harsh environment but adds interest to our landscapes. This can be especially true in situations other than full sun. One genus of plants that has really started to see a lot of improved variteis that can be a show stopper in your landscape is Hydrangea. Generally speaking there are two different species of Hydrangea that thrive on the Front Range: smooth hydrangea and panicle hydrangea. Both these species of Hydrangea would prefer at least partial shade on the Front Range to perform the best.
The summer heat is always a time where supplemental irrigation is important in Colorado landscapes; however this year it is as apparent as ever. With the abnormally wet spring that we had, our plants grew faster and larger than they normally would have because they had the water available to support it. Now that the summer monsoons have passed, these large leaves and extra new growth that was put on is having a hard time being supported by our normal irrigation schedules. Here are some tips to help your landscape beat the heat this summer: