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 tree or shrub
  • Location of existing plant material to avoid conflict down the road
  • Making sure the tree or shrub 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 installing at the wrong time of year.

We prefer to not plant when temps start reach over 90 degrees.  Newly installed 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, which can be discussed during your estimate. With our summers getting hotter and utility bills going up there is no better time than the present to have a tree put in the ground 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 growing material the better your plants will perform. In some cases rock is 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. Mulch comes in a variety of colors and sizes. You can customize your look and all while keeping your trees and shrubs happy.

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