Planting

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
~Warren Buffett.

The right plant for the right site. When planting a tree/shrub there are a few important points to consider.

  • Trees/shrubs that do well in Colorado
  • Purpose for the plant
  • Location of existing plant material to avoid conflict down the road
  • Making sure the plant has adequate access to water. This could be as simple as a drip system or a convenient place where a hose can reach

The biggest mistakes: Planting too deep, over watering/under watering or planting at the wrong time of year.

We do not like to plant when temps start to reach over 90 degrees.  Newly planted trees/shrubs don’t have the root system to keep up with the amount of water needed for the plant to survive. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, and these are things that can be discussed. With our summers getting hotter and utility bills going up there is no better time than the present to have a tree planted for shade and comfort.

Mulching

Mulching areas around trees and in flower beds is very beneficial to plants. Not only does it help insulate the critical portion of a trees’ root zone but it also adds beneficial micros back into the soil, which are basic building blocks for root growth. The more rock you can move away from plant material the better your plants will perform. I do understand rock is at times the only viable option especially along street and sidewalk areas. Rock (like concrete and asphalt) tends to radiate heat and dry out plants long after the sun goes down while mulch does not emit that radiant heat. With our soils here in Colorado, any way we can return organic material back into the soil we should consider it, and mulch is a great option for this.  I tend to like the darker color mulches, but mulch comes in a variety of colors and sizes.