Spring - April News
Spring on the Front Range means we may have snow one day and wear
shorts the next! I do hope you had a good winter and have been able to
enjoy the spring sunshine when it appears.
Planting Service for
container gardens begins on May 13th this year - weather permitting.
When the weather is nice (like it is today) we often get antsy to get
the flowers in our containers but I implore you to wait until mid to
late May. Just like keeping a chick in the incubator, it's best keep
your little plants at the greenhouse for as long as possible.The
nursery provides an ideal climate for young plants ensuring they will
grow to be big and beautiful!
This year I'm offering two opportunities to get a
discount on your service:
- Refer a friend
to Patio Plants Unlimited or for a Landscape Design and receive a $25
- Schedule your
planting service before next Monday,
April 21st and receive a $5 discount.
Don't miss this offer - call or text me at (970) 988-3808 or e-mail
I continue to
offer Landscape Design
Services specifically for the do-it-yourself homeowner. Save money by
doing the work yourself and enjoy that sense of accomplishment that
comes from a job well done. Whether you have a new house and need to
plan the entire yard or would just like to fix up a trouble spot, contact
to get your plan started!
You may recall that last year's newsletters were all about insects. I
heard lots of comments that it was useful information. If you find an
usual bug in your yard, you can refer to the past newsletters in the archive
on my website
This year, I'm tackling another subject of annoyance in the yard: weeds
and wildflowers. In the urban landscape, a weed is any plant which is
growing where you don't want it which means that some plants can be
hard to classify as weeds or wildflowers. Except in the case of
agriculturally noxious weeds, that classification is often simply up to
a wide-blade annual grass. It sprouts from seed in the spring, competes
with turf grass, and then dies in the fall. The plant is clump-forming;
radiating out horizontally from the center spreading by rooting along
the stems. Because it sprouts from seed, patches of crabgrass quickly
grow in bare spots in the lawn. There are many types of weedy, wide
blade grasses in turf lawns which are often confused for Crabgrass.
Remember, Crabgrass is an annual – so if that undesirable clump of
grass has been there all winter and is now greening up, it is not
Crabgrass. Control this weed by applying a pre-emergent herbicide in
the spring and by composting over and reseeding bare spots with turf
grass seed in the fall. “Pre-emergent” herbicides work by disrupting an
enzyme in the seed and is ineffective after the seedling has rooted. A
good rule-of-thumb is to apply Crabgrass Preventer at the same time
Forsythia (that yellow-flowered shrub) is blooming (now).
is common in turf-grass areas and many people consider it a weed. There
are actually several different plants commonly called Clover including Trifolium,
Medicago, and Melilotus
species. Generally, clover are low-growing,
deep green plants with distinct 3-lobed leaves. Clover belong to the
legume/pea family (Fabaceae), a family of plants
the unique ability to use atmospheric nitrogen for photosynthesis and
deposit excess nitrogen into the soil. Clover is sometimes even
included in turf grass mixes because the grass may then receive
nitrogen from the clover and thus require less fertilizer. Clover
produces white, purple, or occasionally yellow puff-ball flowers which
are an important nectar source for bees. With all the potential
benefits of Clover, I would rather classify it as a wildflower rather
than a weed. If you are not bothered by the variation in texture in
your turf grass, Clover provides a nice, green color and is not
damaging nor competing with turf grass. It rarely grows tall enough to
be cut by the lawn mower; however, mowing may remove the flowers which
can help to prevent the plant from reseeding. There are many broad-leaf
herbicides available if you wish to remove this plant, but the popular
2,4-D isn’t particularly effective on Clover.
to know more about weeds? Here are my sources:
Gift, Nancy, and Sheila Rodgers. Good
Weed, Bad Weed: Who's Who, What to Do, and Why Some Deserve a Second
Chance (all You Need to Know about the Weeds in Your Yard).
Pittsburgh, PA: St. Lynns, 2011. Print.
Whitson, Tom D., and L. C. Burrill. Weeds of the
Laramie, WY: Western Society of Weed Science in Cooperation with the
Western United States Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension
Services and the University of Wyoming, 2009. Print.
Smith, R., D.W. Cudney, and C.L. Elmore. "How to Manage
Pests." Clover Management Guidelines--UC IPM.
N.p., 1 Oct. 2007. Web. 15