Denver Lawn Care at 5280ft

Due to the high elevation in Denver, which is just over 5,000 feet, it can be difficult to enjoy beautiful lawns or gardens in this rugged climate. However, many residents of this large city in Colorado can not only enjoy the best of Denver lawn care, but can also enjoy eco-friendly solutions to knotty organic landscaping problems.

When a business or individual is dissatisfied with the current state of their lawn, garden or landscaping, consulting an expert in organic lawn care may be the best way to ensure finding hardy plants that will survive in this continental climate zone. In addition, when it comes to lawn care, Denver eco-friendly specialists can help with intelligent planning that makes the garden or landscape lovely to look at and can also provide self-maintaining ideas.

 

Organic or self-maintaining lawn care in Denver is actually much easier than many people realize, and in the long run, is often much less expensive to maintain. One of the best ways to minimize ecological impact in Denver lawn care is to use recycled materials for mulch, watering systems, ponds and stepping stones. In addition, there are literally hundreds of natural and harmless pest repellants that can replace the toxic insecticides that are traditionally used. A professional green landscaper in the Denver area can give customers options for the short-term installation of their landscaping, and can also provide long-term solutions for an ecologically and economically friendly lawn or garden.

 

One of the most important and overlooked areas of natural gardening a drip irrigation system. The drip irrigation system can conserve greatly on the amount of water needed for the plants, as it provides the water at the root where it is most needed and will not evaporate. An irrigation system can be used in any kind of lawn care in Denver, and timers and mulch can be combined for added effectiveness and sustainability. In addition to the watering system, a provider of natural planting and design will help to balance out the needs of design and function, to create the perfect oasis of beauty for any client.

Denver Lawn Care Tips

Denver lawn care can be simple and easy by following these easy steps.  For more information please give us a call and we would be happy to help you keep you lawn looking great!
  1. Mow at a height of at least 3″ and at least once weekly to encourage healthy growth.
  2. Water deep but infrequently.
  3. Water in the evening or early in the morning. Never during the day.
  4. Use drip irrigation in beds. Drip systems get 90% of the water to the roots of the plant. Spray emitters only get 60% of water absorbed by the plant.
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Eco-Friendly Irrigation Solutions – Watering Solutions for Your Landscape

A professional horticulturist can tell you how much organic fertilizer and water you need for a particular plant or type of vegetation, but how do you know when you water whether you are watering too little or too much?

An Improperly Designed Irrigation Plan

An improperly designed irrigation plan can cause runoff in some areas and a depletion of moisture in others. Many landscaping plants and young trees die each year because they starve for water. Overwatered areas are also a cause for concern and result in wasted water.

The Seeping Bag System

There are a few products designed to better control the water reaching the roots, and they are simple to use if you don’t have the convenience of an automatic irrigation system.

These products are found under different names, but they are based on the same concept which is that of a bag to hold water that slowly seeps out and into the soil.

When the bag becomes empty, you simply fill it again and keep the irrigation going. There is much less water wasted because it goes into the soil at a very slow rate.

Irrigating garden plants can be a much more difficult thing to accomplish because it doesn’t make sense to have a bag for every plant, and some plants don’t need nearly as much water as others do.

The Soaker Hose Solution

A weep soaker hose is a good way to water garden plants, but that can still be ineffective if the weep holes are not strategically located to apply just the right amount of water to each plant.

You can consider making your own soaker hose. A relatively inexpensive hosepipe can be laid out and the holes made with a pin at the exact areas where the water is needed. This requires some tweaking after the initial installation, but it still conserves a great deal of water when installed properly.

Both of these irrigation techniques help to conserve our resources in Denver and any other location where landscape and garden irrigation is necessary. The key to eco-friendly watering is to keep conservation in mind so that valuable water resources are not wasted.

The Effect of Pesticides and Chemicals on Kids and Pets

As many of you are already aware, small children are much more adversely affected by pesticides than adults are.  Toddlers may get into the very areas where pesticides reside because they don’t know of the danger.  Animals are just as susceptible because they love to explore and have their noses in the soil and other locations where toxic substances may be present.

Good parents and pet owners do all that they can to prevent children and pets from ingesting anything that poses a threat, but for those with kids and animals present, it is important to realize that it is impossible to monitor every move a youngster or pet makes.  Removing as much of the exposure as possible is the duty of every responsible parent and/or pet owner.

A study at the University of California-Berkley points to an important reason that children should be shielded from pesticides of all kinds.  Adults have a detoxifying enzyme that serves to protect them against some chemicals, but children do not develop this protection until their later years.  Obviously, the youngest children are the most susceptible and most often exposed.

According to the study, children have one third or less of an enzyme called paraoxonase 1 than their mothers.  Although it was already known that there was a deficiency in this respect, it had not been realized that it was this pronounced and that it went as far into childhood as it does.  It had been estimated that children of two had built up the enzyme to adult levels, but this new study indicates that it takes as long as seven years.

Although the study did not include pets, it is known that puppies, kittens, and other young animals are more inclined to catch disease and receive harm from chemicals than the adults of the species. Environmentally conscious individuals already realize that toxic and dangerous pesticides and chemicals are not healthy for both people and animals.

The easiest way to protect children and animals from pesticides is to remove the danger. There are plenty of organically engineered products that work just as well, if not better, than the toxic products on the market.

This is why every organic gardener and/or landscaper refrains from using harmful chemicals.  Every mowing and lawn maintenance professional should look for ways to use fewer chemicals in their profession and provide environmentally friendly landscaping services.

Solar Landscape Lighting – An Eco-Friendly Landscaping Component

Solar lighting as a part of your landscaping plan is an appealing way to provide inexpensive functional low-light illumination for aesthetics and to offer improved mobility in the dark.
Later generation solar landscaping lights can last for years and are easy to replace when they do reach the end of their lifecycle.  How well they work is dependent upon several factors.  Most notably these are:
  1. The type of product that is used – Older model solar lights used incandescent bulbs and the photovoltaic cells and batteries were very limited on longevity.  Most of the first generation models weren’t worth the time it took to put them in the ground.  LED (liquid-emitting diode) lights have a much longer life, and nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal-hydride batteries will recharge many times.
  2. Location of the lights – Because lighting is very low with these units, you should plan to have a sufficient number of them to allow for a person to easily navigate from point A to point B without incident.  Usually, it is a good idea to install them on both sides of a walkway to clearly outline the area of passage.
  3. Feasibility of solar landscaping lights – Not every home is ideal for solar lighting.  Those with a great deal of shade may not allow proper charging of the batteries during the daylight hours.  Placing a light under a bush or a spreading shade tree will most certainly limit the amount of light the unit delivers.
Keep in mind that solar lights will not burn all night in most cases.  If you live in an area with limited sunlight hours, don’t expect the batteries to get a full charge nor burn that many hours after sundown.  Generally solar panels get a longer charge in the summer months than the winter ones, so they will last longer at night during the warmer months.
The best feature about solar landscape lighting is it conserves precious energy by offering a renewable energy source.  Solar lawn and garden lights are sensible environmentally friendly additions to consider in your gardening and landscaping design.

Organic Solutions for Vegetable Pests – Environmentally Friendly Protection

Remember the word “vermicompost” because it can significantly reduce the damage your garden receives from gnawing insects.  Vermicompost is worm compost that comes from food waste.  Tests were conducted at Ohio State University to determine if a projected theory was true concerning pest control using this environmentally safe organic product.

Scientists have long suspected that worm compost was a deterrent to certain pests, but this was shown to be very accurate in the tests where plants were exposed to many varieties of insects while the compost was used in different amounts in each test.
While organic pest control is nothing new, it helps to see results based on scientific studies.  In this study, several pests were shown to be less desirous of plants with the compost than those without.
The compost was added to a commercial potting soil and used to plant pepper, tomato, and cabbage plants.  Tests were used without any pesticides and some plants had only the commercial potting soil without the compost.
Comparisons between plants with and without the compost yielded these results:
  • Adult aphids or mealy bugs were added to the environment of the tomato and pepper plants.  The average number of aphids on both pepper and tomato plants dropped significantly on the plants that contained the worm compost.
  • Cabbage caterpillars were given an opportunity to have their way with the cabbage plants, but the leaf damage was much less on plants with the worm compost.
Although the tests did not render a conclusive answer as to why the insects were thwarted from the test plants containing the compost, it is speculative that there may be more than one reason.  Nutrients in the compost could make the plants less attractive to the pests, or because the plants had less stress, they might have had more resistance to infestation.
Organic pest control is not perfect by any means, but neither is chemical related protection.  Relieving pest problems is an ongoing process, and every little bit helps. Having and taking advantage of the ability to use organic means of protection as opposed to toxic methods is yet another way to contribute to an eco-friendly environment.

Denver Mowing

Here along the front range, there is a smog problem.

Smog “dirties our air, clouds our cities, and drives up our health care costs,” EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said, projecting health-cost savings in the billions of dollars.

and consider this:

A full day of mowing with a gas mower would emit the same amount of hydrocarbons as driving a large car or truck from Fort Collins to New York City and back more than 52 times.-Mic Ortega

By switching to our electric mowers powered by Green energy. Our environmentally friendly lawn care can help reduce thousands of pounds of air pollutants.

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Clean and Quiet

Isn’t a garden supposed to be a peaceful sanctuary– A place to escape the racket and hubbub of the outside world? Of course. But gas powered garden equipment destroys that lovely calm.

In most neighborhoods you hear the incessant din of blowers, mowers, edgers, weed whackers, and all the other gas-powered weapons of horticulture.  –  Owen E. Dell

Our clean and quiet electric equipment is 50-70% quieter than the traditional gas-powered equipment. Hear that?… neither do we.

Before and After Photos

Below are some photos from one of the landscaping maintenance contracts we took over this summer.    The irrigation system had been neglected for the past few years and the yard was in rough shape.  Above and Beyond Ecoscapes repaired the irrigation system and brought the turf back to life with organic fertilizers.

Denver Mowing Before and After