March 2008 Email Newsletter
I donít know about you, but I spent Saturday, March 1st sitting on my deck in a T-shirt and shorts.† The sun was as warm as I remembered from last summer, and I had thoughts of planning my vegetable garden.† I was shocked back into reality, as Iím sure many of you were, on Sunday morning when I awoke to a landscape covered in snow and cold.† I had to shake my head and smile.† Iím sure that spring is coming, but after a weekend like this itís tough to say that with 100% certainty.† Nevertheless, Iím going to continue with my garden planning, and I hope you will get ready for spring too.
In order to prepare your trees for a healthy and successful spring it is important to review the winter conditions and prepare accordingly.† According to the data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Denver area has received approximately 3.25Ē since October 1st, 2007.† This amount of precipitation is not entirely delivered to the plants root system due to frozen soil and surface runoff.† Be sure to evaluate your plants to determine if supplemental watering is needed.† Trees near parking lots, driveways, or roadways are especially sensitive to winter desiccation, and benefit from special attention.†
Maybe that isnít exactly how the saying goes, but regardless, it is true.† Each spring we enjoy the flowers of many Apple, Crabapple, Cherry, and various other trees.† Unfortunately, after the flowers are gone we can also expect to deal with the annoying fruit that comes as a result of flower pollination.† Walnuts, apples, and crabapples inevitably fall to the ground and begin the process of decomposing.† These once attractive fruit soon stain the ground and fill the air with the smell of fermenting fruit.† Some treeís fruit can be more than just a little annoying.† Many people have serious allergies, including symptoms of sneezing, runny eyes and headaches, to the cotton-like fruit produced by Cottonwood trees.
The good news is we at Mountain High can help.† Fruit reduction services can greatly help to reduce the amount of fruit produced by your trees.† The process involves using an acidic solution to burn the very sensitive male and female parts of the flowers.† The solution does not affect the flower petals and is very benign to the environment.† In order to achieve the best results it is important to target the flowers when they have opened.†
Benefits of Fruit Reduction:
Any applications made prior to flowers opening will be ineffective.† Weather conditions can also contribute to a longer flowering periods.† Moderate spring temperatures and ample moisture extend the time that flowers will open, and increase the need to do more than one application.† It is difficult to guarantee results due to the various weather factors and the genetic diversity of the plant material.† However, for many people who have suffered the aggravation of the cleaning up fruit for weeks on end, these applications can be invaluable.† Please give us a call if you would discuss specific options for Fruit Reduction.†
Plants are great indicators of what is happening around us.† Plants use temperature, moisture, and the amount of light during the day to regulate its processes.† It is obvious that the presence of leaves and flowers tell us that spring is here.† However, if you look closely you can see the prelude to spring.† The buds on many trees swell to inordinate sizes as soil temperatures and light periods increase.† Red and Silver Maple trees are some of the first to show the changes.† Cottonwoods have a large bud that is easy to spot when you know what to look for.†
Aldo Leopold is considered the father of nature conservation.† Leopoldís book, A Sand County Almanac, is a perfect example of how much we can learn from the simple observations of the world around us.† We donít have to live in a forest to see trees, and we donít have to be a biologist to appreciate biology.† I encourage everyone to slow down and take notice to what is happening in our world.† Watching the quiet effort of our woody friends has always helped me put things in perspective.
As we mentioned earlier, it is very important to determine the need for supplemental irrigation.† Spring is especially important because the water requirements of plants increase as the new plant tissue emerges.† Turf also requires ample water in the spring as roots and shoots begin to expand.† With spring just around the corner, we will soon be scheduling sprinkler activations.† Give us a call to schedule your service.† We will inspect your system, and perform any repairs to get you off to a good start this spring.
March Turf Tips
With March upon us we can predict that we will have some snowy days followed by absolutely beautiful warm days.† There are several things that should be accomplished during the month of March to set the tone for the entire season of lawn care. A light raking of the lawn to remove leaves and tree debris will give you a jump-start on the lawn chores that quickly stack up. It is a good time to maintenance your mower by getting the tune up performed. Sharp blades prevent the grass tips from tearing which will give it an overall brown appearance.
Make sure that you have your lawn care program authorized for the season. With a full lawn care program authorized you will be ensured that your lawn will receive timely fertilization to allow the lawn to replenish the nutrients that it used over the winter promoting a healthy green lawn.† Mountain High has organic and synthetic lawn care programs available.
Along with your full lawn program we apply an early spring pre-emergent to prevent crabgrass and early season broadleaf weeds. Insecticide is included as needed.
Aeration is one of the most important cultural practices you can do for your lawn.† The benefits of aeration:
∑ Reduces soil compaction
∑ Promotes thatch breakdown
∑ Improves nutrient take-up and use
∑ Decreases water run off, increases water efficiency
∑ Allows air, water & fertilizer to reach the root zone, stimulating root health
Assess damaged areas from the previous season and consider reseeding of these areas.† Early spring and fall are the times that are recommended to perform this task.
NEW Bug Barrier Program
Our new bug barrier program provides protection from unwanted spiders and ants that invade your home. The Bug Barrier program consists of five outdoor applications that create a barrier around the outdoor foundation and entry areas. The first application will begin in early spring.† By calling and authorizing this program we can ensure that you have the security against those spiders and ants.
Please call Mountain Highís Lawn Care Department with any questions about your lawn or the programs that we offer.† We look forward to seeing you this spring!
With spring arriving, please give us a call at Mt. High for help in caring for your landscape health.† We are always here to help.† Have a wonderful spring and weíll see you soon.