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.
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.
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.
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:”
My name is Justin Sandefur, owner and general manager of All Purpose Landscaping, LLC – located in Southern Colorado. I am very excited for 2014 and the transition, as we move from winter to spring.
As springtime approaches, many customers who landscape in Pueblo and Canon City, along with family and friends want to know what they can do to ensure a clean and green yard. Being outside as the warmer cozy weather looms, here are a few late winter activities you can do to maintain a healthy and beautiful landscape.
It’s Time To Pick-Up the Rake:
1. Rake away the debris, leaves and sticks, left over the winter months;
2. This will regenerate the ground;
3. Mowing, watering, planting seed is important, so make sure that your property is clear of wintertime cover;
4. Support your soil by allowing it to take in as much air as possible, and by loosening the surface. Here comes that Rake again.
1. With fresh grass seed in hand, over seed areas that appear dead, or where you can see patches of dirt and undergrowth;
2. Use a strong rake (a strong arm helps) to open the soil;
3. Mix the grass seed with new, healthy soil;
4. Spread this soil and grass seed mixture over the areas that need a bit more help;
5. Regular water is the finial touch to transform your lawn to a speedy recovery.
Keep Your Soil Warm and Increase Moisture:
1. Apply mulch with a depth of 2 to 4 inches around the bases of trees, shrubs and in flowerbeds;
2. You can bet that your plants will appreciate a well-watered and warm environment to grow and thrive;
3. Your payoff comes day-by-day with a host of vibrant colors, relaxing smells, and the perfect place to enjoy your gorgeous surroundings.
It’s Best to Water When Your Lawn is Thirsty:
1. When you water deep and sparingly, you will train the grass roots to dig deeper into the soil;
2. When you water lightly and often, you will train the roots to stay near the surface, according to the Environmental Protection Agency;
3. Water deep and sparingly is the best option.
Oxygen is Essential:
1. Do you live is a cold and snowy climate? If your lawn doesn’t receive enough oxygen because it’s been covered in snow—snow mold reveals itself when the snow melts;
2. Rake your lawn before snows arrival. This can reduce your risk of snow-mold;
3. Some people, with a history of snow mold, try mowing their lawn well into the autumn;
4. When using ice-melt in the winter months, guard against shoveling the snow, ice melt combination on top of your lawn, or plant beds. As the warmth of spring melts this toxic combination, you maybe dealing with dead soil areas throughout spring and summer;
5. Plow snow away from your lawn and plant areas, so your soil doesn’t have to deal with ice melt, or lack or oxygen.
Keep Your Lawn Taller:
1. Mow often and keep the length of your lawn taller;
2. Cutting grass taller helps grow a thicker and healthier lawn, and establish a strong root system;
3. Your lawn doesn’t thrive with infrequent mowing;
4. Sharp blades are critical to a fantastic looking yard;
5. Make sure you sharpen your blades 2 to 3 times per season;
6. Better roots help your grass survive insects or drought;
7. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, many turf grass species should be cut between 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches.