J-Bear's Tree Care and Landscaping professional tree service and landscaping for Highlands Ranch, Parker, Centennial, Greenwood Village, and North Castle Rock
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Helpful tips for Colorado Tree and Landscape care
Sprinkler care:
Always blow out (winterize) systems in the fall if they are not self-draining. If not, valves or even the backflow could become damaged which could be costly to repair.
Drip vs. broadcast:
 It is most efficient to water turf with broadcast sprayers, however; planted ares are best done with microsprays or drip.  This system stops irrigation from watering fences, houses, etc.  Also some plants, i.e. roses tend to become infected with various fungi when the leaves are wet from broadcast sprays.
Tree tips:

Winter Watering:
It is crucial that trees are watered during dry spells when the irrigation is off. This is especially helpful for establishing young trees.
Tree Pruning:
Most trees can be pruned anytime of year, the exception being fruit trees. The best time of year to prune these is "dormant" season, when the leaves are off.
 Trees should be mulched, preferrably with an organic type mulch (bark) at least a foot perimeter or more and about 2-3 inches thick.  This is important because mulch helps keep moisture in, keeps lawnmowers and weedeaters away from the trunk and helps to keep soil temperature regulated.
Shrub Tips:
Pruning/shearing evergreens:
do not prunes these shrubs so hard that there is not any green foliage left, they will not recover. Some shrubs can be rejuvenated (pruned to ground) later winter, provided they are fertilized and well cared for afterwords.

Turf Care:
Most lawns in the Denver Metro area are cool weather grasses. These type of grasses are usually softer on the feet, which is why they are used more.  Due to this area being a warm weather area, cool season grasses require a little extra care. 
Turf should get between 2-4 inches of moisture/week. If water is pooling, reduce watering time of that zone.
Mowing:  Grass should be a minimum of 2.5 inches. Keep mower blades sharp and try not to take more then a third of the height of the grass at one mowing. 
Since our soil quality is relatively poor, our turf needs a bit extra.  Fertilize in spring with a quick release nitrogen formula, this allows for a quick "green-up" and kickstarts turf.  During the summer, use an all purpose slow release fert.  And lastly in the fall use a rootbuilder formula which usually has a little more phosphorous concentration. 
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