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Cool Planet, a Colorado company, Believes Soil Health Improvement Aligns Closely with Sustainable Landscaping

We get excited about local Colorado companies doing anything technology oriented when it comes to soil. So I want to take a quick look at Cool Planet and later in the post offer more information about biochar what it is and why it could help promote soil health. And while we promote proven types of [...]

Cool Planet, a Colorado company, Believes Soil Health Improvement Aligns Closely with Sustainable Landscaping2019-05-09T13:32:58-06:00

Where to Plant Trees to Best Benefit the Urban Landscape

Where to Plant Trees to Best Benefit the Urban Landscape You may not be aware but when you plant a tree or just water and maintain the trees you have, you not only add cultural value (appearance, shade for sitting in the yard) to the city, but you also are planting an air cleaner and [...]

Where to Plant Trees to Best Benefit the Urban Landscape2019-05-01T16:34:35-06:00

6 Commercial Landscaping Trends Sweeping Office and Campuses

Here are six trends that will impact landscape planning, design and maintenance within the next few years.  Experiential landscape design. - Today's landscapes are intentionally installed for living, working and playing and bring together form and function for a quality outdoor experience. Office landscapes continue to be built more frequently to include walking and bicycle paths, [...]

6 Commercial Landscaping Trends Sweeping Office and Campuses2019-04-12T16:37:06-06:00

12 New Ways to Look at Your Landscaping and Outdoor Living Spaces this Spring

With March blowing in like a lion, our thoughts are turning toward the outdoors and any lawn and landscaping projects for the year. I wanted to offer some new ways of looking at your yard, some new products and services that look to be hot for 2019 and perhaps a new way to look at [...]

12 New Ways to Look at Your Landscaping and Outdoor Living Spaces this Spring2019-01-30T11:48:54-06:00

Choosing the Right Tree to Plant for Your Colorado Landscape

We recently published an article about how trees get stressed out and what to do to nurse them back to health. However, one of the biggest problems trees have is they aren't the right species for the climate (or micro-climate) that they are planted in. This is probably the biggest factor in controlling the health [...]

Choosing the Right Tree to Plant for Your Colorado Landscape2019-01-30T09:49:17-06:00

Things to Plan for a Land Clearing Project

It's the ultimate Colorado dream to stake out 40 acres of land, or maybe 0.4 acres in this market, either in the foothills overlooking the city, somewhere further west or even a ranch in Bennett or Elizabeth. Once you buy that land, it may sit for a while - but eventually you'll need to clear [...]

Things to Plan for a Land Clearing Project2019-01-03T16:17:29-06:00

Olmsted and the Art of Landscape Design

I recently read The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson about the architectural challenges and triumphs of designing and building the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Daniel Burnham was the lead architect but I was fascinated by the eccentric and uncompromising, Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture and the designer of Central Park, [...]

Olmsted and the Art of Landscape Design2018-12-14T15:50:49-06:00

Why should you water in the winter?

"Why should I bother watering in the winter? Isn't the snowfall enough?" This is a question we hear a good deal from new residents unused to the high plains desert Colorado is largely composed of. Sure, you water in our dry summers, but as the weather turns and the snow begins to fall, you [...]

Why should you water in the winter?2018-07-23T10:33:19-06:00

Winter Care Tips for Colorado Landscapes

 Perennials and other landscaping plants are better able to tolerate winter conditions when they're well prepared. Try the tips below to keep your property in peak form come spring!   via wikimedia   Winter watering is key for our Colorado climate. Most homeowners realize the need for watering trees in the growing season, [...]

Winter Care Tips for Colorado Landscapes2018-03-14T10:35:47-06:00

More on Hiring a Tree Services Company

Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Tree Services Company - Part Two Hiring out work on a tree trimming or tree removal project can be intimidating. In the first part of this series we shared questions to ask when evaluating a tree contractor.  Read on for more tips and tricks for making an optimal choice. [...]

More on Hiring a Tree Services Company2018-05-25T15:05:17-06:00

Tips for Buying Fall Bulbs

Tips for Buying Fall Bulbs If you want to herald spring with a burst of color, you'll have to plan ahead, since many bulbs must be planted in fall. Choose a variety of early, mid and late season bulbs for a long season of color, and come spring, you'll be glad you planted early. (Not [...]

Tips for Buying Fall Bulbs2017-06-06T14:26:22-06:00

Your August Colorado Insect Checklist

August Colorado Insect checklist of some common insect-related events - Denver, South and East  This is a generalized checklist of when some of the more important insect related events tend to occur in the South and East Counties area. Year to year variations are considerable, and this should only be used as a guideline to anticipate and [...]

Your August Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-08T14:04:16-06:00

Prevent Garden Hail Damage

Hailstorms are increasingly a fact of life along the Colorado Front Range. The geographical juxtaposition of eastern plains and Front Range, with clashing wind currents from all directions, is a recipe for perfect hail-producing thunderstorms. We frequently deal with sirens, severe-weather warnings and storms producing hail of any size from pea to golf ball from May [...]

Prevent Garden Hail Damage2018-07-19T17:14:15-06:00

Your June Colorado Insect Checklist

June Colorado Insect checklist of some common insect-related events – Denver metro and Boulder, Denver South and East, and West Metro  This is a generalized checklist of when some of the more important insect related events tend to occur in our area. Year to year variations are considerable - this should be used as a guideline to anticipate and help [...]

Your June Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:22-06:00

How to Avoid Lawn Care Scams

There's never a bad time to connect with a reliable, professional lawn company, but of course Spring is prime time - and like any other prime time, scams abound in the industry. Here's our list of tips for how to find a great lawn and landscape service without becoming a ripoff victim. Avoid door-to-door "deals" if at all [...]

How to Avoid Lawn Care Scams2017-06-06T14:26:24-06:00

Colorado Hardiness Zones and When to Plant in Colorado

What should you be doing in the yard and garden this month? It's a perpetual question of Colorado gardeners. How do you write a reliable to-do list for Colorado gardens when we can see three seasons in a single weekend — or in a single half-day drive? It might be spring in Fort Collins, still winter in [...]

Colorado Hardiness Zones and When to Plant in Colorado2018-07-03T10:09:16-06:00

Lawn Aeration Season in Denver

Lawn aeration season in Denver is upon us again during the next few months. Ever wonder what it entails and why we should use this method? Find out how aeration can help water and nutrient absorption in our weathered, dry and hard local soils. Aeration Breaks Through Denver Soils When we think of Denver soils, it’s [...]

Lawn Aeration Season in Denver2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

Does my lawn have Snow Mold?

Snow mold is a fungus that grows on your lawn. This year our Denver neighbors see more of this fungal foe. If you notice discolored, matted down patches of lawn, it may be snow mold. via flickr user ~noricum What causes snow mold? It’s a mold we’ve seen more in the Denver area [...]

Does my lawn have Snow Mold?2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

Your May Colorado Insect Checklist

May Colorado Insect checklist of some common insect-related events – Denver metro and Boulder, Denver South and East  This is a generalized checklist of when some of the more important insect related events tend to occur in our area. Year to year variations are considerable - this should be used as a guideline to anticipate and help recognize common insect [...]

Your May Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

Your April Colorado Insect Checklist

April Colorado Insect checklist of some common insect-related events – Denver metro and Boulder, Denver South and East  This is a generalized checklist of when some of the more important insect related events tend to occur in our area. Year to year variations are considerable - this should be used as a guideline to anticipate and help recognize common insect [...]

Your April Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

Your March Colorado Insect Checklist

March Colorado Insect checklist of some common insect-related events – Denver metro and Boulder, Denver South and East  This is a generalized checklist of when some of the more important insect related events tend to occur in our area. Year to year variations are considerable - this should be used as a guideline to anticipate and help recognize common insect [...]

Your March Colorado Insect Checklist2017-06-06T14:26:25-06:00

Cold weather-tough perennials for Colorado (part 2)

Cold weather-tough perennials. Few folks value them more than Coloradoans do. Part 2 in ArborScape Blog's series on hardy perennial gardening for our Colorado climate landscapes! See part 1 here. For more adventures in cold-tolerant plants, read on. >> Monarda This must-have perennial develops beautiful flowers that are attractive to both gardeners and insects - [...]

Cold weather-tough perennials for Colorado (part 2)2017-07-14T12:03:13-06:00

Fire blight treatment and management

Fire blight treatment and management - Part 3 in ArborScape Blog's series on this disease of fruit trees. Read on for details! Part 1 | Part 2 When your fruit tree has been diagnosed with fire blight by a qualified arborist, you'll usually also be provided with a range of options and course of fire [...]

Fire blight treatment and management2018-08-29T19:01:06-06:00

What are the symptoms of fire blight?

What are the symptoms of fire blight? How is it diagnosed? Part 2 of our series on this serious fruit tree disease - see Part 1 here. Begin watching for fireblight infections in early spring during periods of wet weather. This is when the bacteria begin to produce ooze. Visual symptoms first appear on the [...]

What are the symptoms of fire blight?2018-08-29T18:30:20-06:00

What is Fire Blight?

Fire blight is a bacterial disease that affects certain species in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is especially destructive to apples, pears, and crabapples. The disease also can occur on serviceberries, flowering quinces, cotoneasters, hawthorns, quinces, pyracanthas, blackberries, raspberries, and mountain ashes. Leaves darken and wilt but remain attached to the tree (see above), giving [...]

What is Fire Blight?2018-08-29T18:29:10-06:00

Cold weather-tough perennials for Colorado landscaping

When our unpredictable, unforgiving winter storms turn our landscapes into stark piles of brush, Colorado gardeners rethink our planting strategies! Here's a list of winter-hardy perennials that can stand a polar vortex or two - along with helpful survival care tips. Part 1 of 2.   Coneflower Coneflower, often called by its scientific name, Echinacea, is an American [...]

Cold weather-tough perennials for Colorado landscaping2017-06-06T14:26:26-06:00

9 Fantastic Colorado fall color trees and shrubs

Great Fall Color Plants for the Mountain West One major reason we love Colorado living is the magnificent autumn firework display our wealth of trees provides… and the best recipe for brilliant fall foliage color combines warm days, cool nights, and plenty of sunshine -- sound familiar? Try these underused but worthwhile trees and shrubs for [...]

9 Fantastic Colorado fall color trees and shrubs2018-07-19T17:14:26-06:00

What do you mean, my tree was “frozen”? the November 2014 freeze and landscape damage

skip to: which trees were affected? :|: what should I do now? Seeing brown, silver or dead needles on your conifers? Have you been told by an arborist that your trees or shrubs have “freeze damage”? Read on for an explanation - and steps to take going forward to assist your landscape in recovering. The [...]

What do you mean, my tree was “frozen”? the November 2014 freeze and landscape damage2017-06-06T14:26:26-06:00

5 landscape design tips for best home energy efficiency

  Home energy efficiency landscaping is much more than an expense toward the eye appeal of your surroundings - it’s an investment in your future property value, as well as your comfort. Thoughtful landscape planning can actually generate value in excess of its initial expenditure by decreasing the expense of heating and cooling. Proper use of [...]

5 landscape design tips for best home energy efficiency2016-07-26T14:53:16-06:00

Selection and Care of Living Christmas Trees

Are "living trees" a practical option? Absolutely! Potted Christmas trees in containers placed in the home and watered like a houseplant, then later transplanted out into your landscaping, are a fantastic and truly "green" choice of tree. Living trees come in all sizes, from small (to use as a tabletop variety), to medium (as a [...]

Selection and Care of Living Christmas Trees2017-06-06T14:26:27-06:00

Juniper Removal

  Juniper removal is a common service that we provide in the Denver Metro area.  Juniper are planted by home owners for privacy and aesthetic appeal.  Along with their positive qualities they also have negative qualities such as being very flammable. Juniper shrubs are tenacious plants that grow quickly and can take over a lawn [...]

Juniper Removal2017-06-06T14:26:33-06:00

Trees to Avoid Planting

  “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb We at Arborscape recommend you plant a tree as soon as possible for the many benefits they provide.  When choosing a tree, make sure to avoid the following so you don't set yourself up [...]

Trees to Avoid Planting2017-06-06T14:26:33-06:00

Dog Wood Bush Pruning | Video

  To do a proper dog wood bush pruning the pruner needs a great deal more knowledge than the average consumer would expect. Watch this video to see. Dog wood bushes are a common species of hedge in Colorado. Many bushes only need to be trimmed one time a year while many others will need [...]

Dog Wood Bush Pruning | Video2017-06-06T14:26:33-06:00

10 Denver Tree Pruning Ordinances and Guidelines You Need To Know

  Unlike most major cities, in Denver, property owners are responsible for the care of “their” street trees even though they’re technically owned by the People of Denver. That means you (as "owner") are responsible for obeying city tree pruning ordinances. Private trees, such as those in your backyard, have fewer restrictions, but you're required [...]

10 Denver Tree Pruning Ordinances and Guidelines You Need To Know2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00

Tree Pruning Approaches

  Pruning for Structure (Structure Pruning) There are classes of tree pruning that designate how much will be taken out of the tree. These classes or designations are dictated by what the arborist feels is healthy for the tree. However, it gives customers a cost structure and way to compare estimate pricing, and also a [...]

Tree Pruning Approaches2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00

How to Fell A Tree | (Be Careful)

  Cutting down a tree is very dangerous to you, to your family, friends and neighbors, and to surrounding structures and buildings. If you are looking to save money by doing it on your own, that’s great. Invest in a couple hours time by a consulting arborist to guide you, save some money and protect [...]

How to Fell A Tree | (Be Careful)2018-07-19T17:13:57-06:00

Spring / Summer Tree Care and Landscape Checklist

March Rake leaves Prune rose bushes Trim maple to prevent bleeding Thin old, overgrown deciduous shrubs. Deep water trees and shrubs as needed. Apply Merit for year long control of aphids. Plant new trees as needed. Begin weeding those beds not cleaned in fall. Schedule deep root fertilization for trees and bushes. Schedule plug aeration [...]

Spring / Summer Tree Care and Landscape Checklist2017-06-08T13:50:09-06:00

Top Ten Tips To Consider When Planting a Tree

Tips To Consider When Planting a Tree Ten things to consider Height. Will the tree fit its location and not hit anything when it's fully grown, above and below ground? Canopy spread. How wide will the tree grow? Will the trunk or limbs hit the building?  Remember that when leaves fall, they plug and clog [...]

Top Ten Tips To Consider When Planting a Tree2017-06-06T14:26:36-06:00

Get Cheap Stump Removal Prices

 Take it from me, your tree care advocate, tree stump removal is a negotiated price with room to move. When you get a free quote from a tree service, they will take into account, your house your car how much knowledge you seem to possess how you found them Then in creating a tree removal [...]

Get Cheap Stump Removal Prices2017-06-06T14:26:37-06:00

When Killing a Tree Stump with Round Up, Don’t Let This Happen to You

  While writing a tree stump removal article for publication, we were researching ways to kill a freshly cut stump to prepare it for burning or decomposition. After a tree is removed, the stump may remain alive and shoot up volunteer trees.  To prevent this, you can use an herbicide, such as RoundUp, to kill the stump. [...]

When Killing a Tree Stump with Round Up, Don’t Let This Happen to You2017-06-06T14:26:38-06:00

When is the Best Time for a Sprinkler Blowout?

A sprinkler blowout is usually best done in October in the northern climate of the United States.  When to turn off your sprinkler, however, can be a delicate balance of good timing and luck.  Do it too early, and your lawn may lose precious water it needs to prepare for the winter. Wait too late, [...]

When is the Best Time for a Sprinkler Blowout?2019-01-03T14:13:02-06:00