01 Sep 2016

4 Weeds to Get Out of Your Lawn Immediately

Although mowing and fertilizing are two of the most important aspects of lawn care, weeds can wreak havoc on your yard, undoing the meticulous work you’ve already done. Not only do they cause an unsightly mess, but they also choke out portions of your grass, making weed eradication a top priority. If you wish to maintain a lawn that’s the envy of the neighborhood, make sure to kill these weeds before they wipe out your beautiful yard.

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15 Jul 2016

When and For How Long Should I Water My Colorado Lawn?

There’s a lot of controversy about how often and how much people should water their lawns. Depending on the climate and the weather of your region, your watering schedule might differ from someone five states away. These tips and tricks should help you understand exactly how and when to water your Colorado lawn to have the greenest, most beautiful lawn all summer.READ MORE

01 Jul 2016

8 Amazing Summer Lawn Care Tips

With the arrival of summer comes all sorts of issues with lawns and lawn care. Between the bugs, the heat, and the increased lawn use, it can be very difficult to keep a yard green and vibrant. It’s important to maintain regular lawn care and maintenance in order to ensure a beautiful bed of grass 365 days a year. Here are eight tips to help keep your lawn looking brilliant and save you time in your lawn care routine.

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15 Jun 2016

What’s the Difference Between Dead and Dormant Grass?

In the summertime, lawns are often more reminiscent of long stalks of wheat than green, luscious grass. Thanks to blistering heat and unpredictable rainfall patterns, even the best care is sometimes not enough to prevent a lawn from turning yellow and dry. However, simply because your grass is brown doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dead.

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01 Jun 2016

What Does Hail Season Mean for Your Lawn & Landscaping?

In the summer, many homeowners struggle to keep their lawn green and healthy. Unless homeowners are careful, the blistering sun and unpredictable rainfall pattern can cause grass and shrubs to wilt and die. However, since summer is hail season, too much rain or sun are far from the only threats lawns and gardens face. Come hail season, here are a few changes all homeowners should make to lawn care and landscaping.READ MORE

30 Nov 2015

8 Tips for Making Your Property More Appealing

Rental properties are often the hardest to maintain due to poor tenants, time constraints, or many other dilemmas. However, you can still make them look attractive to residents, as well as prospective renters. All it requires is a little effort on your part, and a keen eye for aesthetics. Remember that the cleaner your property looks, the higher the chance of occupancy, and the more money in your pocket. Here’s just a few ways for making your property more appealing.READ MORE

13 Aug 2015

Winter Prep – How to Prep Your Lawn and Landscaping for Winter

Winter can be hard on lawns and landscaping, especially in Boulder where snow certainly isn’t shy about falling in large quantities. Thankfully you can take several steps in fall to help your landscaping through the winter and make sure it’s ready to grow and bloom again come spring.

Rake Often (and Remove Debris)

Blankets of wet leaves can deprive your grass of sunlight and slowly suffocate it. After you spent all summer and fall keeping your lawn nice, the last thing you want is for it to get patchy and brown because of leaves. Rake up the leaves frequently to keep them from building up on the lawn. The same goes for the stray branches that fall from trees. Winter’s wetness will cause them to decay, so remove them as soon as you see them.

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Use Mulch

As winter sets in use a thick layer of mulch (between two and four inches) around your flowers, shrubs, and trees, making sure to leave a few inches between the mulch layer and tree trunks to prevent decay. The mulch will insulate the ground and the roots, keeping the plants warmer than they would be in unprotected soil. Just remember not to pack it down. If you have some especially sensitive plants in your landscaping you may want to take additional measures to cover them.

Seed Your Lawn

When you generously apply seeding in the season during which grass stops growing, it’s called dormant seeding. You can do it at any time in fall or winter, though colder months are best. Liberally apply grass seed to brown patches. It won’t grow over the winter, but the snow and ice actually help to embed the seeds into the soil. They’ll be ready to grow come spring, and your lawn will bounce back from the cold fast!

Compost Plant Debris

The leaves you rake and any weeds or annuals you pull out of your garden will make great compost. Create a pile in your yard near your garden, and deposit your plant debris there. Turn the pile regularly, and when it looks like soil, it’s ready to use as fertilizer. It’ll give your garden a fall boost that’ll help the plants get through the winter.

Seal Your Deck

An attractive deck is as much part of your landscaping as a garden, tree, or rock formation is. When prepping your lawn and landscaping for winter, don’t just focus on the plants. If your deck is new or if it’s in need of another coat of sealant, take the time to seal the boards so the wood stays nice. Your deck will withstand Boulder’s heavy snow, and come spring will be in great shape for parties and quality time in the sun.

Consider these steps as essentials in year-round lawn maintenance. Though the visual benefits will be less appealing than what your summer work yields, know that you’re doing a lot of good to maintain the hard work you put into your landscaping during the spring and summer.

20 Jul 2015

A property manager’s guide to preparing for winter

Winterizing properties is a valuable part of preventative maintenance that ensures no building falls into disarray during the long winter months. Therefore, it’s important that you act before the winter comes, when weather is more conducive to dealing with both internal and external portions of the property. Here’s a few valuable tips to help you prepare your valuable real estate for the winter.

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24 Jun 2015

How do I get stripes in my lawn?

Do you ever look at the neighbor’s lawn and feel green with envy? Sure, you’ve got a healthy green lawn, but it’s missing something. Wouldn’t it be nice if your lawn were that… perfect? It can be! With a healthy lawn, a few tips and tricks to add striping will give you the best looking yard in your neighborhood in no time. Here’s how you can get professional-looking stripes in your lawn.

You May Want a Pro

There is a reason lawn striping is associated with professional sports teams in the NFL and MLB. You should consider hiring a lawn care specialist to achieve the same effect in your backyard. However, if you want to try it yourself, there’s no special equipment you need to facilitate this style. It’s simply a trick of light reflection that you can easily recreate once you understand the underlying mechanics.

White Stripes

They’re not actually white, but when you perform striping correctly, some parts of the lawn will appear much lighter in tone than the rest. The explanation is that the bend of the grass blades determines the reflection of light. When you mow one straight line bending grass toward your home then mow the next one by bending grass away from your home, you create the striping effect.

You don’t need any attachments or an expensive riding lawnmower to perform this trick, either. All you need to understand is that your perspective influences striping. If you look at the grass you just mowed from your home, the row you mowed toward your home will appear dark. Conversely, the row you mowed away will seem light.

If you go stand out on the street across from your home and look at the same grass, however, the pattern will flip. Now, the away row is light while the row mowed toward the home is dark. That’s the trick of light. Sections that your mower has bent toward you are darker due to the shadows cast under the blades of grass themselves. The ones bent away from you don’t display the shadows and are instead reflecting more light back at you, so they seem lighter.

Styling and Profiling

When you stripe your yard, the main consideration is the height of your mower. You’ll want to change the setting to a higher cutting. That maximizes the potential bend of the grass; shorter grass simply can’t bend as much. Yes, that does mean you’ll have to mow more often, but it’s well worth the extra effort.

Using a mowing height of three inches, you’ll want to walk in a straight line until the end of the row. Turn around and repeat the process. If you want to add a special checkerboard look, that’s easily accomplished. Spin your mower 90 degrees and repeat the process for each row. Striping your lawn is that simple, you only need to understand that it’s a trick of light! Follow the steps above, and you’ll have the perfect yard in no time.

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10 Jun 2015

What’s your grass, and what’s best for Colorado?

It’s nothing new to say that Colorado weather can be unpredictable. The combination of dramatic temperature swings and inconsistent rain can lead to plenty of problems for homeowners in this state. One of the most aggravating is lawn care. Here’s a guide for understanding what your grass is, and what type is best for Colorado.

Recent years in Colorado have featured crazy weather. While much of the Front Range saw an unusual amount of precipitation in recent months, varying degrees of drought have persisted elsewhere, and year past have seen serious drought conditions and restrictions state-wide. One consequence of drought is that lawns suffer when there isn’t enough rain to help the grass grow strong.

Summertime Blues

You won’t want to look at your lawn when it has bare patches and doesn’t look green. It’s a blight on your home and its innate property value. The way to solve this problem is by understanding the type of grass you have and compare that to other varieties that are sustainable in Colorado. For example, residents of Crested Butte have to plan for its 39-degree nightly weather average in July, while the Colorado National Monument averages 91-degree weather. Finding a tough, durable grass that can live in both regions is tricky.

Bluegrass State

Because we live in Colorado, there’s a good chance yours is a cool-season grass. Kentucky bluegrass is the most popular option because its density and texture are perfect for survival in cold weather. Also, its color makes a lawn more attractive.

Kentucky bluegrass also possesses tremendous recuperative abilities, a key advantage in chaotic Colorado weather. Note that it does require a great deal of irrigation, though. To discover if you have Kentucky bluegrass, examine the blades to see if they’re v-shaped. If you’re still unsure, ask an expert to check it for you.

Grass Roots

If you don’t have Kentucky bluegrass, the most likely options are ryegrass, Bermuda, and fescue blend. Perennial ryegrass is a wonderful solution to Colorado weather, because it possesses good heat resistance. It’s also more likely to survive in droughts than most grasses. If your blades are shiny and grow in bunches, they’re ryegrass.

Bermuda is more popular in the central United States, but you’ll still find it in Colorado. It’s popular due to its rapid growth rate. If a builder wants to seed the ground quickly, Bermuda is the choice. Find the youngest grass leaves and look to see if they’re dark green with fine leaf texture. If so, you’re using Bermuda grass.
Fine fescues come in many forms, such as Red, Sheep, Herd, and Chewing, but Colorado lawns are likely to feature Tall Fescue Blend. You’ll know that you have it if your grass bunches together and is dark green. This style is popular because of its pest and disease resistance. It’s also capable of self-repair thanks to its rhizomes. That’s a crucial component in the brutal seasonal changes in Colorado.

Understanding the type of grass you have or need is critical to having a great lawn in Colorado. While the state’s unique climate is problematic, you can compensate for it using the information above.

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22 May 2015

Watering your lawn and plants? Here’s how to save some water:

Water conservation is not only an important consideration for our general environment, but it is important for the health and prosperity of your lawn as well. Even when we’re not experiencing a drought in Colorado (anyone been outside recently?) we should be seeking to conserve water. Whether your area is currently experiencing a drought or lush and green, follow these tips to preserve water and moisture without the need to sacrifice your lawn.

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