General Lawn Care
1) Lawn Care Tips For Pueblo
If you are going to invest in some landscaping around your home or business, you are going to need to know a few things about taking care of plants in Pueblo.
Some general things that you are going to want to keep in mind when taking care of your lawn in Pueblo are that you want to make sure that your soil is healthy.
A) Use Fertilizer
You are probably going to need to make sure that you use some kind of fertilizer to keep the grass on your lawn healthy. Make sure that you don’t overuse fertilizer though, because that can actually be unhealthy for your lawn and the plants in it. You are also going to want to make sure that your lawn stays properly watered. Having a nice sprinkler system or setup is going to be essential if you want to make sure your lawn looks green and healthy.
B) Mow Regularly
Regular mowing is yet another essential piece to proper lawn care. You want to make sure that your grass doesn’t become overgrown, and is really unhealthy for the grass. Plus, it can make your lawn look like a forest. Don’t let your grass get out of control, and make sure that you never mow more than ⅓ of the length of your grass blades, at one time.
C) Getting Rid of Weeds
Getting rid of weeds on and around your lawn or plants are another really simple, and valuable choir that you need to make a habit of if you are trying to take care of your lawn. Getting rid of weeds will make sure that they don’t overgrow and kill the healthy plants that you have around your home.
D) Sharp Mower Blades
Make sure that you have good, sharp blades on your lawn mower. The sharper the blades are, the cleaner the visible cuts and lines will be in your grass. It just gives your lawn a nicer and cleaner look.
E) Use Deep Watering Methods
Instead of watering your lawn for just a few minutes per day, make sure that you are deeply watering your lawn to keep your grass healthier. A good rule of thumb for watering your lawn is to use one inch of water for every foot of soil that you have underneath your lawn.
Extended Notes on Landscaping
As you can see, there is a lot that you can do with landscaping, using the native plants, trees, and vegetation of Pueblo. When you are using trees and plants that are native to that area, you are going to have a much easier time sustaining the plants, and therefore, your overall landscape and design. So if you are looking for beautiful landscaping, but don’t want to spend hours per week nurturing your lawn, you are better off going with plants that survive well in this high desert climate.
Make sure that the area you are going to be planting your trees, shrubs, and bushes in are going to be conducive for the survival and growth of your plants.
Some plants do better in the shade and others need more sun.
Some can survive for long periods of time without water, and others need a water source readily available.
Some plants prefer to grow out of rocky terrain, where others like to grow in rich soil.
In whatever case, make sure that you are choosing plants that will thrive in the environment that you place them in, and use the general lawn care tips that we discussed in the previous section.
What you Need to Know about Pueblo’s Climate
Pueblo sits in the high desert area terrain of Southern Colorado. It doesn’t get a lot of moisture during the year, so the plants that survive in the area have to be able to survive without a lot of moisture. During the winter, they will get snow, but due to the elevation of Pueblo. The good news it, because of Pueblo’s high elevation and overwhelmingly high number of days with sunshine they receive, every year, the snows won’t typically stay on the ground for that long. With the abundance of sunshine that Pueblo gets every year, but the lack of moisture and rainfall, this climate zone has a particular breed of plants and trees that are unique to the region.
So what are some of the most commonly found plants, trees, and shrubs in Pueblo?
What are the best looking species of these for landscaping your home?
What do you need to know about them in order to take care of them well, so your home and lawn can look spectacular, year round?
Shrubs in Pueblo
A) Benefits of Growing Shrubs
Shrubs can be beautiful compliments to any lawn, home, or even commercial area. Shrubs that grow and can live naturally in the Pueblo area have a lot of character, and come in a variety of shapes sizes, and textures that can add new zest and life to your landscaping.
The other benefits of native shrubs include having beautiful looking plants around your home that require little to no maintenance. If you are using shrubs that are native to the Pueblo climate, and can try to replicate the natural living conditions that they are used to (in the wild), on your lawn, you can create a brilliant and low-maintenance landscape. That is just going to mean less watering, weeding, mowing, and fertilizing for you, which can be nice.
Another benefit of planting native Pueblo shrubs around your home is attracting local wildlife. You will see that many of the shrubs that we are going to take a look at are fruit bearing. If you like the idea of having fun birds, critters, and visitors to your home, you can attract some interesting wildlife, with the right set of shrubs.
B) Types of Shrubs
Let’s take a look at some of the most common and most beautiful shrubs that you can find in the Pueblo area.
1) Rocky Mountain Maple
The Rocky Mountain Maple prefers shaded areas around your home or residential area. It is characterized by smooth gray bark and red buds, that turn into a brilliant yellow in the fall. These plants are great for Pueblo because they don’t need a lot of sun to survive.
2) Saskatoon Serviceberry
You can spot this shrub by its dull green leaves, with the contrast of its bright white flowers. It is a fruit bearing shrub with small redish-purple berries on the edge of its twigs. These are commonly eaten by small wildlife, so keep that in mind when you are thinking about using the Saskatoon Serviceberry. You may or may not want to attract creature visitors.
The Bearberry is a dense green shrub that also bears red-colored fruits. This is another shrub that brightens up your lawn in spring with gorgeous pink flowers. This shrub lives best on rich, drained soils.
4) Fringed Sage
This shrub is long and slender, and has silver colored that will bloom in late summer and early fall. This is a really interesting, tall, and spindly shrub that could add some excellent contrast and personality to your home landscape.
5) Mountain Big Sagebrush
The big mountain sagebrush is a close relative of the mountain sagebrush. This shrub is another tall and thin plant that tends to bloom from midsummer to early fall.
6) Fendler Ceanothus
This is a spiny shrub that blooms gorgeous white flowers in late spring. This shrub is interesting because it also has red berries, but they grow in a triangular shape on the plant.
7) True Mountainmahogany
This is a tall shrub, standing at four to six feet normally, but in the right conditions it can grow up to nine feet in height. It naturally has thick, dark, green leaves and it produces bright red flowers in the spring. It prefers to live on dry rocky sites, so this is another low-maintenance shrub.
8) Parry Rabbitbrush
This shrub has white, soft, felt-covered stems that are growing out of the base of the shrub. It has beautiful clusters of yellow flowers when it bursts into bloom in late summer and early fall.
9) Beaked Hazel
This is another green leafed shrub, but what stands out about it is that it has two nuts on its branches which are held in green, paper-like husks that cover them.
Overview of Shrubs
Shrubs are wonderful because you can use them in such variety with your landscaping needs. You can contrast tall with short, bright with dark, and pair ones with that bloom in spring with others that bloom in fall so that you can have a colorful landscape, year round.
Types of Trees in Pueblo
A) The Four Main Types of Trees in Pueblo
The first thing that you need to keep in mind about trees in the southern region of Colorado is that there are four main types of trees that are native to that area. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of these trees to get a good idea of vibe that they are going to bring to the commercial or residential area that you are going to place them in.
Colorado pines are characterized by their
Pines are typically full, beautiful looking trees that stay green year round. They are cone bearing, which gives them that nice, holiday look to them.
Spruces are another beautiful breed of tree that you will often find in Pueblo and other adjacent regions. Colorado spruce trees are characterized by there
Fir trees are yet another beautiful Pueblo native that is full of life and character. Some of the noticeable characteristics that you will find about fir trees are
4) Douglas Firs
Douglas firs are another luscious type of tree that you will commonly find in the Pueblo, high desert region. These lush, full-bodied trees can be characterized by there
B) All major species of trees in Colorado
Know that you have a good idea of what some of the most common types of trees look like in Pueblo, we will give you a brief breakdown of some of the most commonly found coniferous and deciduous trees within the region.
Coniferous Trees in Pueblo
Deciduous Trees in Pueblo
A healthy, well-tended lawn is a beautiful thing, but like any planting, it can experience a variety of problems. Chewing insects, like grasshoppers, may attack grass blades, and burrowing critters, like gophers, may munch through grass roots and cause green tops to die. It’s not too difficult to spot dying patches of lawn. It is often a challenge, though, to detect what is causing the problem and how to treat it. Learn about common lawn pests and the symptoms they cause, along with some tips on treating the problem.
Lawn grubs are the larval form of Japanese, June and a few other beetles. Which beetle grub your lawn is most likely to be infested with depends on where you live. Grubs are a big problem in the Northeast, Midwest and Southwest, where irrigated turf provides a grub oasis in the otherwise desert country. Grubs make their presence known by creating patches of dying lawn as they devour grass roots. Sometimes you’ll also notice places where the lawn has been burrowed as hungry skunks or armadillos dig for grubs. Treatments for grubs include milky spore, granular pest control products, and nematodes. Ask about how All Purpose Landscaping, LLC, in Cannon City, Colorado deals with lawn grubs.
Signs of digging or adult beetles provide easy-to-discern clues about what’s attacking a lawn. But when an insect is hiding in grass crowns or working underground, it’s tough to spot the villains. Pouring soapy water on a patch of lawn (called a drench test) provides an easy way to flush pests to the surface. Dissolve two tablespoons of dishwashing detergent (lemony scents work best) in two gallons of water. Pour the solution over a square-yard area of lawn. Observe carefully. You may spot mole crickets, chinch bugs, cutworms, or armyworms scrambling up from soil and grass to escape the suffocating soap. This is a common tip expressed by soil and lawn experts across the United States.
When selecting a treatment for lawn pests, look no farther than All Purpose Landscaping, LLC, your one stop shop for all your lawn maintenance and landscaping needs. Let us help you keep your lawn clean and green. Finally, remember that the best defense against any pest is maintaining a healthy lawn. Aerate, dethatch, fertilize, mowing and water on a schedule that favors healthy turf growth.
Julie A. Martens: Background Information
Today more than ever before, the landscaping industry is moving forward in a greener direction. As you know, recycling has made its way into the landscape instead of the landfill. Tires have become pathways, planter beds, mulch and playground ground cover.
Lawn clippings are being made into compost to become food for your lawn and garden. Using Biodegradable two-stroke oils for leaf blowers and trimmers, coupled with propane-powered equipment is reducing emissions.
New techniques in lawn care help to promote beautiful lawns while minimizing water and fertilizer usage. Organic fertilizers reduce demand on products that are produced with fossil fuels and chemicals while increasing the demand for recycled products.
All Purpose Landscaping is proud that we’ve incorporated “Phase One of our Eight Point Go Green Project:”
The employees, and management at All Purpose Landscaping support our corporate responsibility, not only to our environment, but also to our potential and current customers. That is why we have launched our referral saving program for our customers.
Reducing carbon, saving money, and helping the environment in one of the Values we stand by at All Purpose Landscaping, LLC.
Organic Gardens and Global Warming
A few days ago, I came across an article written by Dan Sullivan. He pointed out that your backyard organic garden may hold the key to preventing climate change.
As I mentioned in my last blog, All Purpose Landscaping, LLC is proud that we’ve incorporated “Phase One of our Eight Point Go Green Project in Canon City and Southern Colorado:”
• This season we will be using organic fertilizers and organic methods for pest and fungus controls
• Organic fertilizers releases slowly into the turf that helps ensure your lawn does not burn when fertilized
• Our new fertilization process also stops the fertilizer from running off curbs and gutters
• Instead of chemicals, we use mechanical methods such as core aeration and dethatching to promote healthy lawns and control fungus
• At All Purpose Landscaping, LLC (ALP) we use correct amounts of organic fertilizer, so lawns can outgrow most pest and disease problems
• APL regulates irrigation timers to our water smart program; adjusting sprinkler heads to ensure that we do not waste water, which drastically reduces your water bill and waste to the environment
• New scheduling software assists APL lower fuel waste and our carbon footprint being more efficient, so that you enjoy a lower cost and help our environment at the same time
• We demand the most sustainable products, so that sustainable becomes the demand.
The article I mentioned noted that researchers at the Rodale Institute have learned that organic soils trap atmospheric carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, and convert it to carbon, a key component of healthy soil.
Mr. Sullivan said, “the recent findings suggest that synthetic nitrogen fertilizers speed up the decay process of organic matter so that it is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide rather than stored in the soil as carbon. Both plants and organic soils, the studies demonstrate, operate as powerful “sinks,” capturing the greenhouse gas considered by many scientists to be largely responsible for global warming.”
When you reject chemicals and choose instead to garden organically, expert, Dr. Pimentel says, you address other issues of critical concern by embracing a system that is much less reliant on fossil fuels. “This has implications for our dependence on imported oil and natural gas as well as the climate change problem,” he says. “You are preserving the soil and you are reducing the use of chemicals that are directly dependent on fossil energy use.”
The employees, and management at All Purpose Landscaping, LLC support our corporate responsibility, not only to our environment, but also to our potential and current customers. For more information regarding our commitment to and clean and green environment, call us. We’d enjoy talking with you about our “Go Green Project!”