Pesticide comes with hidden consequences - the most obvious is that seven million birds die every year because of exposure to lawn pesticides. By using pesticides, we also lose many beneficial insects that keep our plants healthy. Here are a few tips on creating a space that will invite the birds and the bees (and other lovely creatures) back into our lives.
Attracting hummingbirds, robins, finches, woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds, warblers, song sparrows and their friends begins with healthy soil. A soil that's prepared with as much compost and organic matter joined with native soil will produce the right amount of beneficial microbes and a balance of minerals. This soil also will create the right habitat for ground beetles, centipedes, lady bugs, dragonflies, lacewings, and praying mantises that are beneficial predators. These friends dine on garden pests that get out of control.
Don't be too organized with your design. A more natural garden provides shelter and nesting spots for birds and beneficial insects.
Here is a quick list of flowers and plants, some perennial others annual, you might want to consider if you want to start your next career as a "birder!"
We, at Hurr, are asked this question many times. The two most important things to keep in mind regarding mowing are 1) mowing height and, 2) frequency. The minimum height for any lawn in Colorado is 2 inches. The best mowing height for all Colorado species is 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Mowing to a height less than 2 inches can result in decreased heat tolerance and higher incidence of insects, diseases and weeds. It will also make your lawn less resistant to dry conditions. Mow the lawn at the same height all year. There is no reason to mow the turf shorter in late fall.
Allow grass clippings to lay on the cut grass, unless you have plans to compost these. (Be mindful of what you compost. Grass that's been treated with pesticides isn't good for composting.) The soil is nourished by the decomposed clippings. Mulching mowers are ideal for this.
In the spring, you may have to mow a bluegrass or fescue lawn every three to four days when it is actively growing. But, after it's slowed by heat, drought or cold, you'll only have to mow once every seven to ten days. Buffalograss lawns can be mowed once every 10 to 20 days, depending on how much water they receive.
Remember to frequently check your mowing equipment for oil, sharpness, and height adjustments.
With the freezing temperatures coming up this weekend in Fort Collins make sure to protect your sprinkler system!
The lines in the ground will be okay, the back flows that need protected.
The back flow is the unit, typically on the side of the house, where the water comes out of the house and into the system. It is important that they protect this unit from freeze damage.
1. Turn your clock off so your system does not run. Do not unplug, just turn the clock to off. Can turn back on when freezing temperatures are gone and it should go right back to what it was programmed at.
2. Cover the back flow unit and any exposed pipes, with insulation or a thick blanket. Place a large trash bag over the entire thing to keep it dry, secure with a strong tape so it does not come off in wind.
3. It is advised that you cover it today and leave covered until beginning of next week.
We would also advise covering any tender plants at night to protect from frost.
Here are some pictures from our most recent residential hardscape project! Check out the before, during and final stages of the project! Please note that it was a recently completed, in the winter, the landscape is dormant, and so no new plant material was added.
The key to watering success is being educated on your plants watering needs.
Don't hesitate to call us with any questions regarding your lawn!
This year seems to be the year of herbicide injury. The theme is chemical damage.We want to remind people to be careful about using herbicides near any plants, as they can be damaging and even lethal to woody plants. Foremost - use all pesticides (this includes fungicides, herbicides and insecticides) according to the label. Mix the herbicide at the recommended ratio; use suggested appropriate equipment, and wear protective clothing and eyewear. Pay attention to limitations of how warm it can be when spraying (just a little rise in the temperature makes the chemicals volatize and turn into gases). Never spray on windy days. The slightest breeze can cause chemicals to travel to other plants. Spray early in the morning while it’s still cool outside, and generally calmer.
Herbicides, in particular, like Weed-B-Gone or 2,4-D, can cause leaf cupping, coiling and bending. Herbicides can suppress growth, cause iron chlorosis, can blacken tissues, and cause defoliation.
Non-selective chemicals like Roundup (the amino acid inhibiting herbicides) when used near other plants, can cause strap-like leaves, bushy growth, and misshapen leaves. Injury may be delayed into the next growing season or even longer.
Depending on the dose of what was sprayed on/near the tree, (near trunk bases, exposed roots) herbicides can cause long-lasting damage, and may even kill the tree or shrub. Keep this in mind - - the herbicide is just out there doing its job - which is to kill. It doesn't know the difference between a goat's head thorn or your prized maple. Don't be afraid to ask for help.