How to Decorate for the Holidays Without Hurting Your Landscaping in Denver


November 13, 2019

The holidays are just around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking of creative ways to get your home looking as festive as you feel. But that doesn’t mean you can just toss up some decorations quickly—doing so can end up hurting your yard and force you to call an experienced Denver landscaping service to help fix the damage. At Wild Irishman Tree and Landscape, we want to help you keep your yard looking great and that means helping you decorate in a way that’s safe for your plants. Here are a few simple tips to help you embrace the holiday spirit safely.

Change Out Your Lightbulbs
One of the easiest ways to show off your holiday spirit is to swap out the lightbulbs on the outside of your house for colorful alternatives. All you need to do is remove one bulb from each type of fixture and bring it to your local hardware store. Match the bulb size with a colorful bulb and buy as many as you feel you need to add color to your yard. Once you’re home remove the other bulbs and replace them with the colorful new ones. You’ll show off your holiday flair instantly without putting your landscaping at risk. 

Hire a Professional to Install String Lights
Nothing makes your yard stand out during the holiday season like decorative string lights. But if you’re not careful with how you hang the lights, you could damage your trees, bushes, and shrubs beyond repair. Worse, you put yourself at risk for severe injuries. Instead, let the pros install your string lights. They know what works and what will draw the most attention to your yard. But most importantly, they’ll make sure the lights don’t interfere with the health of your landscaping. 

Use Lightweight Lawn Decorations
Lawn decorations are a wonderful way to share holiday joy with the neighborhood, but using the wrong ones can hurt your grass, even in the dead of winter. When choosing lawn decorations, look for lightweight options. These can be thin wooden decorations that mount on stakes or even gigantic inflatable snowmen that light up the night. The key here is choosing something that won’t compress the soil and squash the roots of your lawn. If this happens, you’ll end up with subpar growth come spring and may need to replant the grass in those spots to avoid a patchy yard. 

Decorate Your Door
Think of your front door as a blank canvas. You can decorate it however you want, with whatever you want and it will never hurt your plants or landscaping. Mount creepy paper skeletons or silhouettes during October, hang wreaths during the winter months, or drape garlands over the doorframe. The only limit is your imagination. 

Decorating your home is a wonderful way to spread cheer throughout the neighborhood. But if you’re not careful, you could end up hurting the landscaping you love so much. Save yourself the stress and let our pros help you with your holiday lights this year. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
 
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Holiday Lighting Services in Greater Denver


November 5, 2019

Businesses and homeowners across greater Denver know they can rely on Wild Irishman Landscaping for all their commercial and residential landscaping needs. But what you may not know is that we’re also experts in lighting up your home or business for the fast-approaching holiday season. Tired of fussing with extension cords, ladders, or broken holiday lights, but don’t want to be a Scrooge when it comes to decorating your property for the holidays? Trust Wild Irishman Landscaping with all your exterior holiday lighting needs.
 
Residents from Denver, Aurora, Littleton and surrounds and reap plenty of benefits having their exterior holiday lighting provided by us. From the chance to avoid spending time in the cold weather, eliminating the physical risks of being on roofs & ladders for older homeowners, to achieving more flexibility in your holiday lighting design scheme, Wild Irishman Landscaping  will go above and beyond the call of duty to make your home or business look terrific this holiday season. Best of all, you’ll be able to dedicate more of your precious free time with family and friends.
 
Our talented, well-trained and professional crew of designers and installers will work with you to bring out the best of your property’s unique characteristics. Own a local small business? Denver-area businesses that are decked out in professionally installed, attractive holiday lighting and displays can receive back a huge return on their investment. Lighting up and decorating your Denver-area business location this season can go a long way to encouraging and welcoming shoppers, make your building stand out from the competition, potentially increase your businesses foot traffic and bring happiness to your hardworking employees.
 
Not matter what the size or scope of your holiday lighting project, Wild Irishman Landscaping only utilizes the best, heavy duty lighting products and installation methods available for dependable and long-lasting service. Whether your lighting project is permanent or temporary you can trust that it will be expertly designed to highlight and beautify the unique features of your property.
 
At Wild Irishman, we pride ourselves on our success at all levels from small residential to large commercial projects. Our accomplished team of landscape designers and architects can design any landscape to meet specifications of all city codes - regarding the scope of your vision. To learn more about holiday lighting services in Denver, call us today at (303) 233-1302.

 
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Denver Landscapers Share 3 Easy Winter Maintenance Tips for Synthetic Grass


October 29, 2019

If you’re like most homeowners, saving money is always a priority. But saving time on your home’s maintenance can be almost as important. The average person spends more than 21 hours mowing their lawn every year. That’s half a work week for most people! Letting your Denver landscaping service install synthetic grass on your property eliminates mowing from your regular chores. But when winter comes around, you’ll need to know how to take care of it. Don’t worry—it won’t take tons of time out of your weekend. Here’s what you need to do.

Pick Up the Leaves
When the leaves change in the fall, they’re beautiful. They add a touch of elegance to your yard until they fall. And when they fall, you need to pick them up off your synthetic grass, just like you would standard turf. Otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy that beautiful green you’ve come to expect. 

Use a leaf blower if you have one or grab a soft-bristled broom and sweep the leaves away. Once you have a pile, bag the leaves and haul them to the dump or use them in your compost pile to add nutrients to your garden beds come spring.

Sweep Away the Snow
You still need to access your yard, your walkways, and your evergreen plants during the winter months. That means you’ll want to clear away the snow and ice to make it easy to get to those areas. While you can always use a snow shovel on pavement, you’ll need to sweep the snow off your synthetic turf. 

Use the same broom that you did to pick up fallen leaves or grab a snow blower and blow the powder off the blades. Just be mindful of the grass blades. When the weather gets incredibly cold, the blades of the synthetic grass get brittle. If you put too much weight on the blades, they can crack or break, leaving visible damage on your turf.

Don’t Be Afraid to Cover It
It’s rare for a severe snowstorm to sneak up on the Front Range. We typically get advanced warning as long as we remember to watch the weather forecast each week. When a severe storm is on the horizon, consider covering your artificial turf. Use a light tarp that’s big enough to cover the entire area and secure it with stakes or rocks. 

After the storm, all you have to do is remove the cover and let it dry. Your artificial grass will be clean, dry, and in good shape. 

Call in the Experts
Taking care of your synthetic grass doesn’t have to be a challenge. But you do need to stay on top of regular maintenance if you want it to last for as long as possible. If you’re worried about the condition of your synthetic turf or you want to install that ever-green lawn on your property, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team can help you decide if it’s the right option for your home and your budget.
 
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4 Easy Wintertime Denver Landscaping Tips to Protect Your Yard


October 23, 2019

The chill is in the air now and snow is just a few weeks away. We all love the fluffy stuff and with an average of 60 inches of snow each year, we get to enjoy it plenty! But that doesn’t mean you should stop caring for your home’s landscaping. You still need to care for your plants even when they’re not growing. But if you’re like most homeowners, you’re not quite sure where to start. Before you put in a panicked call to your trusted Denver landscaping service, make sure you implement these simple tips.

Get a Sprinkler System Blowout
Your sprinkler system sends water where it needs to go across your yard, but that also means you have running water right beneath your beautiful lawn. When the temps drop and the water freezes in those pipes, it expands and can create a major issue come springtime. Schedule a blowout with your irrigation specialist and get rid of the excess water before winter is in full swing. 

Be Mindful of the Types of Ice-Melt You Use
Ice-melt is a great way to clear your driveway and walkways. But if you choose the wrong type, you could end up scorching your lawn and ruining the pH of the soil your landscaping depends on. When choosing an ice-melt, look for ones that are specifically safe for use around plants. These are free of harsh chemicals and are often salt-free so the soil composition can stay healthy during the winter months. 

Mulch Your Beds
Denver gets cold in the winter and those cold temperatures penetrate well into the soil. Over the course of the winter, this can put your landscaping at risk for long-term damage. Remember, when the roots freeze and die, they won’t be able to transmit the nutrients your plants need once the growing season starts. You’ll end up needing to replace those plants just to get your landscaping back up to snuff. 

Protect those plants and perennials by spreading a layer of mulch over your garden beds. The mulch insulates the soil and helps keep the air temperatures from penetrating as deeply. If you’re not comfortable spreading it yourself, don’t panic. Just call your landscaping service and schedule an appointment.

Shake Off Snow-Laden Trees
When the snow is light and dry, it tends to fall off trees and bushes quickly. But when it’s wet and heavy, the snow sticks and all that weight puts strain on the limbs. If you notice low-hanging limbs sagging or straining under the weight of the snow, shake them off. Use a broom to gently shove the snow off the branches until they spring back up. This will help prevent premature breakage and helps keep your trees looking great all winter long. 

Winter Landscaping Doesn’t Have to Be Hard
Winter landscaping tasks can take time, but they’re well worth taking care of throughout the season. If you find yourself unable to manage on your own or just aren’t sure how to properly care for your plants, contact us to schedule an appointment. 
 
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Denver Landscapers Explain How to Get Your Water Features Ready for Winter


October 15, 2019

Winter weather means more than snow-covered lawns—it means frozen pipes, lakes, and ice where you least want to see it. If you have water features in your yard, you’ll need to get them ready for freezing weather and the sooner you can do it, the better. Your trusted Denver landscaping service is here to help you winterize your yard. Here are a few simple things you can do to get your water features ready before the first freeze.

Remove the Living Components 
If your water feature has any living plants inside, you’ll want to remove them before the first freeze. You may be able to transfer them to an indoor fountain or pot to help them survive the winter. Once the weather warms up, you can transfer them back to the water feature outside. If you have fish, find a safe place for them to winter inside. Keep in mind that you’ll need to get a tank that can accommodate all of the fish safely. Ask your local pet supply store for help to make sure you get the right tank and equipment.

Give It a Good Cleaning
Falling leaves, algae, and even insects can get your water feature dirty in a matter of days. The best thing you can do is give the entire system a deep cleaning. Before you drain the water, scoop out any plants and large pieces of debris. Then, drain the water and inspect the basin for damage. If you see any algae along the sides, you may need to use an algaecide to get rid of it once and for all. Alternatively, you can simply scrub the basin out with diluted bleach and water, but the algae will likely come back in spring.

Remove the Water Pump
Water pumps can and will freeze when the temperatures drop. This means you’ll want to remove it if possible. Otherwise, the pump may break and you’ll have to install a new one before you can use your water feature again. Once you remove the pump, drain it completely and store it indoors. Keeping it outside or in the garage puts it at risk for damage. Remember, the cold can hurt the components inside the pump and any water that doesn’t drain out completely can freeze and ruin the mechanics. 

Get It Ready for the Holidays
Believe it or not, an empty and cleaned water feature doesn’t have to go unused during the winter months. You just have to get a little creative with how you use it. Fill the basin with seasonal decorations to add color and personality to your landscaping. Drape lights around the structure and incorporate it into your winter holiday lights display. The only limit is your imagination. 

Need Help Winterizing Your Water Feature?
If these steps sound daunting, don’t panic. Contact Wild Irishman Tree and Landscape and let our pros help you get your water feature ready for the winter weather. We’ll make sure your system is in good condition so you can be ready to turn it back on once the weather warms up.
 
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