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Just wanted to remind you (or let you know if you missed it), that I am now doing business under the name "Sundrops & Starflowers."  The change is so that the container gardening business and the landscape design business run together and to allow for other services I offer including drip irrigation installation and trouble-shooting, fine garden maintenance, and small garden installations.

My phone number hasn't changed, you can reach me at 970-988-3808. Email messages will automatically forward to me or you can use my new address: Stephanie@SundropsAndStarflowers.com.

More Than Just a Pretty Face, Landscaping Does Great Things!

Certainly we all enjoy looking at pretty flowers, sitting under the shade tree, or playing catch on the grass but your landscaping provides more than just aesthetics and comfort. Your landscaping also has numerous health and environmental benefits! According to a recent article printed in Colorado Green NOW and written by the staff at Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, landscaped areas also provide these benefits:
  • Children with ADD experience reduced symptoms when exposed to green environments.
  • As bee habitat is threatened by development, landscapes provide homes and refuge which allow bees to continue their critical work of pollinating.
  • Studies of stressed or depressed people found 95% of them felt calmer and had a more positive attitude after a short time outdoors in a landscaped area.
  • 55 sq. ft. of lawn provide enough oxygen to support 1 person for 1 day.
  • Turfgrass removes atmospheric pollutants—carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride, and perosyzacetyle nitrate. It also captures harmful dust, smoke particles, and other pollutants.
  • Each year, one acre of trees can absorb enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to equal the amount produced by driving a car 26,000 miles.
  • Trees in cities mitigate rising temperatures by shading hot pavement and cutting energy use in buildings.
  • Green spaces cleanse water. When allowed to run through landscapes, water typically exits cleaner than when it entered, reduces stormwater runoff and keeps pollutants out of groundwater.
  • Lawns help mitigate urban heat islands by remaining 15 degrees cooler than bare soil and 30 degrees cooler than pavement or rock.
  • Lawns can sequester carbon for 25 to 30 years.
Have you had your outside time today? Enjoy your garden and all of its benefits!
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The plants are whispering, and they said...
   mildew leaf

Sometimes it would be nice to have a plant tell you, quite clearly, what is troubling it. Unfortunately, plants don't speak English but they frequently use a botanical sign language. Be careful though, their sign language is tricky! A wilted plant may be dry or it may have too much water. If the plants could speak for themselves, here's some things they would like to tell you.
  • Late in the summer powdery mildew, black spot and other fungal infections start to proliferate. Some perennial flowers, such as Bell Flowers and Salvia, are already done blooming for the year so rather than fight the fungus, just clip the plant back to the base. If you want to treat fungus in the garden, Neem Oil is quite effective and organic with no delay in harvest time. Be sure to spray the Neem Oil in the evening to avoid leaf burn.
  • If your container gardens are taking a break from blooming, you can encourage them along with fertilizer. If your irrigation system has a fertilizer unit, add 4 Tbsp. of water soluble fertilizer (such as Miracle Grow) to the canister. Otherwise, you can sprinkle in some fertilizer granules or use blood meal if you'd like to keep it organic.
  • Purple Butterfly Bushes are blooming now, and they will continue to bloom and give you even more flowers if you cut off the brown pannicles.
  • Russian Sage gets floppy if it has too little sunlight or too much water. 
  • Did you think that your tree turned yellow for autumn prematurely? It could be that it is suffering from an iron deficiency. Learn more about iron chlorosis from CSU Extension.
  • Green beans, zucchini and some other garden vegetables sometimes go crazy producing fruit! Rather than trying to sneak it onto your neighbor's porch, consider donating to the Larimer County Food Bank. Information on how to donate garden produce can be found here
  • Are your plants trying to say something but you don't understand them? Perhaps I can interpret!  Send me an email, call or text me at (970)988-3808 to chat about your plants.
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